I learned a few valuable lessons by supporting (and later revoking my support of) the Communication Shutdown movement to raise awareness and money for Autism. (You can read how and why I shut down access to Twitter & FaceBook.)
Lesson 1 – Shutting down doesn’t open dialogue
I began to wonder, thanks to comments by Lyndon Antcliff and Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone, how shutting down communication and not speaking was going to “speak” for those affected by autism who can’t always speak as freely as they want?
My opinion about the Autism charity drive and their methodology changed after learning more about perceived stereotypes and Autistic Speaking Day, which was also on November 1, in protest of the #shutdown movement. This sentence sealed it:
“…on November 1st, Autistic people should speak up and be heard. That in the absence of NT voices, Autistics should reclaim the Autism community by communicating in our own ways on our life experiences.”
So, CommunicationShutdown.org essentially took away the voice of those with Autism for a day. In addition, they failed at some best practices for social media:
- #shutdown didn’t analyze its audience to ensure efforts represented the community.
- #shutdown didn’t offer a blog on their site upon which the conversation could be held – no voice.
- #shutdown didn’t engage through a Twitter profile for conversation before and after November 1.
- #shutdown auto tweeted via supporters’ Twitter accounts and auto posted via our FaceBook accounts AFTER the event, charading as us!!
I DID NOT tweet or post the following on Nov 2:
Terms of Support & Disclaimer
The small print did say they would post on our behalf the day of the #shutdown to let our friends and followers know why we were not on Twitter & FaceBook and to raise awareness of Autism. Fair enough. And, for example, the tweet on the day of the event said (auto tweet from…).
Small print DID NOT SAY they would continue to tweet AFTER the event. The tweet and post shown above look as if I manually posted them and “spoke” for the #shutdown movement. Misrepresentation.
Lesson 2 – How to revoke access to Twitter & FaceBook
I learned one should beware and be careful about giving money, supporting causes, and about giving applications access to your Twitter and FaceBook account.
I learned how to revoke access to applications that were once granted access to one’s Twitter and FaceBook accounts. Cliff Notes version of the steps follow:
Revoke Access to Twitter
Here’s how to revoke access to Twitter:
- Via Twitter Web, go to Settings > Connections.
- Find the application > click on “Revoke Access.”
- You’ll see a confirmation screen similar to that shown below:
You can “undo” the revocation if you made a mistake. If you do nothing at this point, the application will be removed from your Twitter Connections list.
Revoke Access to FaceBook
Here’s how to revoke access to FaceBook:
- In FaceBook via the Web, go to Account > Privacy Settings.
- Under Applications and Websites (lower left of screen), click on “Edit your settings” for using applications, games and websites.
- Click on “Edit Settings” at the top, for Applications you use. You’ll see a list of applications granted access.
- Click “Edit Settings” to the right of the application you want to revoke, and you’ll see a screen similar to the following:
Whallah! You are free and clear and have your social media voice back!
Lesson 3: Take care of your voice!
I also learned that social media is an essential voice to people with and without Autism.
Be careful what you say and whom you let speak for you!
FINE SEO PRINT:
Communication Shutdown’s website also overlooked some key fundamentals of SEO and user experience on their website, but such discussion is not for this blog post. (Sorry, Communication Shutdown. You won’t get a free SEO audit and analysis here.)