Oops, I Did That 🤦‍♂️

Talking myself through a moment in which I accidentally locked myself out of an important Twitter account because I tried to get clever.

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I feel like I’m generally the guy who catches the dumb stuff. I am usually the skeptical one in case a scam emerges. I can figure out when an email has a sketchy link within it. And generally I understand the security issues at play that might lead you to, for example, want to use a password manager or turn on two-factor authentication.

But sometimes, something happens that makes me question everything. And that happened just last night when I attempted to use a new Twitter feature called Twitter for Professionals.

Adding the feature to my account for Tedium, I decided, hey, it might be cute to add the launch date for the newsletter. Given that I had designated the account as a brand and I was being asked in a professional context, this probably will be no big thing to change. It might even be fun, even.

But Twitter the professional application and Twitter the COPPA-compliant social network apparently didn’t talk this through, and as a result, I had accidentally fallen into the trap of telling Twitter that Tedium was six years old—and not old enough to exist on Twitter.

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So, the result of that was I ended up locking myself out of my account. Like an idiot.

Now, the fact that I was able to get back in after a few hours is besides the point. I think the part that is extremely painful about all this is that I now must live with the knowledge that I walked into a clear trap and did something stupid and didn’t realize it until it was too late. I feel like my confidence took a hit from this.

I can’t be that guy who makes the holier-than-thou security or technical recommendations because I made an incredibly stupid mistake! Who will trust me on these matters knowing that I did something as stupid as lock myself out of my own Twitter account?

So yeah, that doesn’t feel particularly good, but I guess what I can say is that I can at least discuss this with everyone else who has had a brain fart like this in the past and hopefully make someone else feel better about this.

I think my instinct when this happened was to tell other people, even though it makes me look a bit like an idiot, because maybe it could help other people.

We all do stupid things thinking we’re clever. It’s OK. You’ll survive.

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Ernie Smith

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Ernie Smith is the editor of Tedium, and an active internet snarker. Between his many internet side projects, he finds time to hang out with his wife Cat, who's funnier than he is.

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