What if you spent hours, days, weeks, months curating a perfectly branded social media profile, and one day it just disappeared with no explanation?
That was an intriguing story shared earlier this month at our Speakeasy event with Portland entrepreneur Marcus Harvey.
You may recognize Harvey as the successful entrepreneur behind Portland Gear and Creative|35 and curator of the @Portland Instagram handle. His fascinating story was first reported in detail at The Oregonian and the article inspired us to invite him in for the Speakeasy event.
Weeks after the event our team found we were still discussing the one story he shared that wasn’t an example of his remarkable success – his acquisition of the @LasVegas Instagram handle.
Harvey said that he followed the same strategy curating the Las Vegas account that he did in growing the @Portland handle (now with 102k followers). Once he identified and acquired @LasVegas, he began a regimented effort populating the account with carefully curated, branded content – exactly as he’d done with the Portland account.
Then one day he woke up and the @LasVegas account was gone.
He tried contacting customer service at Instagram, of which there is none. After various creative attempts to reclaim the account, including the use of an attorney, he gave up and resigned himself to the reality that @LasVegas was gone. He still doesn’t know exactly what happened, but surmised that it may have resulted from his effort to operate the account from a Portland IP address.
Regardless, it was a startling reminder that when it comes to social media, as professional content curators, we own nothing.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – all of them. They brought our social profiles into this world, and they can take us out of it.
Have you, dear reader, had any similar experiences with social media?