With the recent suspension of conservative Twitter accounts (seemingly based entirely on mass abuse reports by parties that don’t share the same worldview as those being blocked), an Instapundit reader came up with a great idea:
I’ve been asked to develop this exact solution for someone who fears they might be FABanned (Fake Abuse Banned…pretty weak, but it’s Monday and the coffee hasn’t taken effect yet). If others are interested, I can offer it as an affordable service.
The way it will work (at least in my initial design) is it will use a read-only app to grab an account’s followers and friends and then zip them up in two formats and email them to the user at some interval…probably once a day. There will be a machine readable format and a human readable version. With the machine readable, it would be possible to automatically re-update the friends list using a app with write permissions. I’m not sure if we can add followers back, but it might be possible to automatically tweet them to let them know that they are no longer following you.
If that sounds interesting to you, email me or post a comment on this post.
UPDATE: I’ve got the service up and running now at Nestwork.net. Site development has been put on hold until I could get the backup functionality in place, so it isn’t a pretty place but the backups work!