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When the Twitter Sky Falls…

What would you do if all you had worked for on Twitter suddenly disappeared?!?

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We users all know and accept that fact. We expect it like California counts on earthquakes, Florida prepares for hurricanes, and Kansas plans for tornadoes.

It goes with the territory.

But yesterday I had a flash of what I would face if there were a social media disaster — a moment when my Twitter account, 18,000+ Twitter followers strong, was instantly wiped out.

At about 4:45pm Pacific Time, Twitter crashed. I wasn’t too concerned — I know what living with Twitter is like! I merely turned off Twitter and picked up my iPhone for a phone meeting and a walk.

A couple hours later, when I returned to my computer, I logged into Twitter.

And I nearly threw up.

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There was my account, my handle, my 25,000+ tweets, with 0 followers and 0 following!!!

I stared in complete horror — frozen and yet my mind flashing through the scenes: What had happened??? How can I fix it??? How can I go on???

Yes, in that moment, I felt complete terror — I realized how much of MY work was in the hands of Twitter, (the one that crashes regularly!)

It made me wonder, how would I recover? How would someone rebuild years of social media networking and building???

Thankfully, the nightmare ended as I scrambled to refresh, praying that it was just some horrible, temporary mistake. And it was. When the page refreshed there were my Twitter followers, the numbers that I have worked so hard to build, and they were back!

Yes, all is as it once was. Except I am more aware of how much I depend on Twitter and Facebook to protect my work.

If Twitter and Facebook ever provide an effective way for us to export our data, then I think I will sleep a lot better at night, especially when Twitter storms roll in.

With Google+ leading the way in exporting data, I am hoping Facebook and Twitter will eventually follow.

So tell me, what would YOU do if your Twitter followers or Facebook fans suddenly disappeared???

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