If you follow me on Twitter or receive my text alerts via Twitter, then you may have noticed that for the last several weeks, whenever I share a link to my blog via Twitter, a message like this may pop up when you click that link to go to my blog:
I am unclear as to why this is happening, but I can tell you that my blog IS safe. I check the safety of my blog every single morning (see Google Transparency Report results at the top of this blog--you can also check for yourself here). You can also see the results of a Norton check HERE and an AVG check HERE.
I apologize if you're getting this message. I have filed help desk tickets with Twitter and have received no response after several weeks. I have asked around to fellow blogging friends (none of which are having this issue). But I HAVE noticed that other websites are having this issue (plenty of help requests in the Developer Forum) and some have had the issue for longer than I have.
After trying to troubleshoot this on my own for weeks now (please believe me, I have considered and addressed every possibility known to man), I did see that per the Twitter rules, Twitter may consider an account as spam "if your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates". This was something I was unaware of, since I have been using Twitter since 2009 to promote my blog and link to my blog and I have never had this "warning" before. IF this is why my tweets are now being flagged as "unsafe" then moving forward, I need to tweet without linking to my blog.
SO PLEASE NOTE: if you receive my text message alerts via Twitter, moving forward I am no longer going to tweet links to my blog. I will tell you when a new post is live, but I will not be tweeting the actual link. You will have to go to my blog directly by pulling up my homepage on your browser. Please please know that I am looking into using a dedicated text alert service (one that I will pay for) and once I have that ironed out, which will hopefully be very soon, I will let you know. At that point, you'll be able to subscribe to that service and receive my text alerts, WITH LINKS, delivered right to your phone as before.
Thanks so much for your patience and understanding.