How To Get Unblocked On Twitter

How to make someone unblock you on Twitter – The Daily Dot

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Published Jun 18, 2014 Updated May 31, 2021, 2:59 am CDT
People block me occasionally on all social media platforms, either as a stunt or just because they hate me. The saying goes: Unfriend me once, shame on me; block me twice, lucky them. How should one deal with this?
Ignoring it isn’t an option, especially if a verified person has blocked you. Sure, you can still see the tweets of someone who blocked you, or create a new account to follow them, but it’s just not the same thing.
The first way to tackle this would be emailing the person who blocked you, since you cannot DM them, obviously. My colleague James Cook has tried this with the British equivalent of Donald Trump: @Lord_Sugar (3. 38M followers). It worked, although Lord Sugar didn’t actually reply to his email. He just suddenly unblocked him. Unblocking without acknowledging the request is a bit insulting. Here’s his plea (click for full size):
Change your bio
Define yourself by your blocked status. Change your bio to something along the lines of “Blocked by @simonblackwell. ”
Simon Blackwell actually blocked me for some reason—maybe because I unfollowed him once. Every day I try to follow him back, just in case he might have unblocked me without saying so. At first, I tried following him relentlessly via the Twitter app for iPad, only to get a constant error message. When trying it via a laptop I got the damning verdict that he had absolutely blocked me. Stating what happened on my bio opens up the case to others. No block lasts forever; one day he will read it.
An IRL confrontation
Find the person who blocked you—in real life. I accidentally tried that with British television presenter @Alex_Zane. At first, I didn’t even realise he had blocked me. We spoke to each other at The Soho Hotel London one night. I encouraged him to @-mention me on Twitter on the spot (otherwise, why are we even talking? ).
But then, shockingly, he didn’t see my username appear in autocomplete. I tried tweeting something to him, and still he didn’t see my tweet in his notifications. Only then did we realise that he may have blocked me in the past. Awkward moment. He wanted to unblock me on the spot, but then hesitated, thinking he probably blocked me for a good reason, one that he can’t remember. We left it at that.
I wish my dad would unblock me on twitter
— ♡ LAMEE ♡ (@QueenIdle) June 6, 2014
If you sleep with me, I’ll unblock you
— Barbara (@ThatsMyBush) June 5, 2014
i wish todd starnes didn’t block me. unblock me you marshmallow man racist coward. you got issues bro….
— Hot Take Prince (@swarthyvillain) June 3, 2014
Pat it’s been three years you can unblock me now.
— Alex Etherington (@Alex232E) May 31, 2014
In all the tweets above, the person who blocked these people isn’t @-mentioned, meaning they won’t see the tweet, anyway. Blocked people can’t break the blockade by Twitter communication alone.
Leave a voicemail
Get the phone number of the frenemy who blocked you from their frenemy. The frenemy of your frenemy is your BFF. I recorded an answerphone plea to someone who blocked me:
Send a letter in the mail
Mail a letter to the person who blocked you using this formula:
Dear Mrs. X,
You have blocked me on Twitter and I would like to read your tweets, just like I used to. Please unblock me this week, or ignore this letter.
Keep it short and sweet. By letting them know its OK to ignore the letter, you’re actually encouraging them to answer it with ease. Don’t pretend you’re not offended, but don’t admit it either. Remember: Play it coy.
Photo by Daniel Dionne/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2. 0) | Remix by Jason Reed
*First Published: Jun 18, 2014, 8:30 am CDT
Nimrod Kamer
Nimrod Kamer is a journalist and satirist based in the U. K. whose work has appeared in the GQ, Vice, Wired, the Guardian and Huffington Post, as well as on BBC Newsnight. He is the author of The Social Climber’s Handbook: A Shameless Guide.
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How do I get my Twitter account unblocked?

To unlock the account:Log in to your account.Look for the message letting you know Your account has been locked.Click or tap Start.Enter your phone number. … We will send you a text message, or you will receive a phone call, with a verification code.More items…

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The duration of this enforcement action can range from 12 hours to 7 days, depending on the nature of the violation.

Can you still tweet someone who blocked you?

Being blocked is sort of like being put in a digital penalty box — Twitter makes it impossible to view content from that person, or communicate with them on Twitter through your account. Specifically, if you’ve been blocked, you can no longer follow that person or read their tweets.Jul 26, 2019

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