Has your Facebook account ever been suspended? Well mine was – until I found a genius hacker who brought it back. It all started after using this Social Media for five months: I was offered by Facebook a whole bunch of people to choose friends from.
Oh, nice, I thought, and selected everyone who looked friendly. Only days later I received an email, that my account is suspended for a month as FB’s rules were broken: you can only choose friends you know personally.
But hey, why on earth did they contact me in the first place, and offered me to choose “friends” ??? Since then, every time I log in, they prompt me to identify people from a photo album, which often consists of cats, vacation scenes, jewelry and yes, also people at parties or riding on a bike. “Sorry Facebook, but I have no clue who’s cat that is, and I am not able to remember everyone’s name.
Actually I am very bad with names.” As I am totally happy at Google+ (which is also much easier to use) and Twitter and Goodreads, I don’t need Facebook really, never liked it, did not spend much time there – and finally gave up this silly photo-game… So sorry guys, but when YOU had invited me at that time to be your friend on Facebook, I didn’t even receive your invitation.
Suspension for Minor Flaws... or no Reason at All...
Now I learned that Facebook suspends and punishes even big corporations for minor flaws. Read a great :blog by marketing guru Anna Gervai: "Did you hear about Velvet Burger? They are one of the most recent companies to have their Facebook page deleted for breaking the rules. They waved ‘bye bye’ to almost 10,000 fans in the process. You may have also heard that Hell Pizza went the same way – losing their page and 20,000 fans along with it. Hell managed to get their page back through someone-who-knew-someone who worked at Facebook, but sadly – in most cases – if this happens to you, you’ll be starting from scratch.
Did You Really Read the Terms?
When you created your Facebook page for your business you ticked a box saying you have read and agree to the terms and conditions. I know, I know, of course you didn’t actually read them (and I don’t blame you, there are pages and pages to read) but ignorance is definitely not bliss. As Facebook says “We reserve the right to reject or remove Pages for any reason.” And they’re not kidding. Don’t think you’ll get a warning either! Poof! One day it could just be gone.
Good News, Bad News
First the bad news is: claiming you didn’t know you were breaking the rules won’t cause Facebook to reverse your page deletion decision. The good news? With a little learning you can prevent the next victim being your page. My best advice: Change over to GooglePlus, it's more fun, and after a while your Search Engine Optimization brings you to page one!