You’ve Been Terminated

Nixed by Biznik – Looking to Re-Connect

Delete - You've Been TerminatedIf you are trying to contact me on Biznik, please don’t. My account has been “terminated” because “…[my] style of participation … [and] … contributions to the community are not moving it forward, and have begun to harm it’s reputation. … Consequently, we have terminated your membership in Biznik.”

This is a portion of the email I received recently. I could not log-on to my Biznik account to recover any messages or connect with friends. Don’t be deceived, it can happen to you! I’m not the first and I won’t be the last. And, it’s not exclusive to Biznik. It can happen in any social networking group.

I have been an enthusiastic and passionate advocate of the Biznik online networking community for almost 3 years now, and suddenly, without notice, I received an instant termination and removal of my profile and access to all the data associated with it. My profile consisted of hundreds of network connections, forum posts, compliments, and event postings. Although Biznik inbound links to my blog were significant, they are not the major traffic source, so like all passionate entrepreneurs, I will somehow survive and there will be life after Biznik.

Lessons learned from the experience

It does raise some issues in my mind about public and private forums, terms of service, privacy, freedoms, due-course, liberty, and data ownership. I believe I will be writing a lot more about topics such as these in the observations category of my blog. That is, until the day that my internet hosting service “terminates” me or some government agency determines my viewpoints or others similar to mine are detrimental to the community.

My ultimate frustration, and it should be yours too, is ownership of the words (data) that we create. Is it proper that whatever form of medium we choose to convey our thoughts and opinions on, can now “own” and restrict access to them according to a terms of service agreement that 90% of us never read before clicking “I agree”?

I can accept being banned by a closed community for whatever reason, but I cannot accept not being allowed to take my words and my connections with me. They were created by my efforts while paying for community access and they are my digital assets. Yes, I gave the community permission to use them, but why can’t I take them with me when I am forced to leave?

If I had contributed to a 401K program while employed, I would be allowed to take my personal items and my 401K with me no matter what the cause of termination was.

Is being terminated from a network social group much different?

For future social networking participation, I will be more aware of organizations that respect MY data rights. I will embrace the concept of data portability as promoted by The DataPortability Project.

The digital assets that you have contributed to the online community (regardless of terms of service wording) should still be portable for you to take where ever you desire and access to your data should not be confiscate-able without due process of law.

I have a lot of strong opinions in this area and will continue to speak my mind in forthcoming posts. If you want to re-connect with me, please see my post about connections.

Thank You, and consider this:

DataPortability – Connect, Control, Share, Remix from Smashcut on Vimeo.

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By: Howard Howell

Howard is an Internet Sales Consultant. He speaks professionally about Web Marketing and Sensible Selling from an experienced entrepreneur’s viewpoint. He also provides individual coaching, group training, and web marketing consulting services. Contact him now.
Published On: May 30, 2010  |   Updated On: June 5, 2010
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17 Responses to You’ve Been Terminated

  1. Reg Charie says:

    Hey Howard, welcome to the club.
    Biznik terminated my membership because I dared to bring a bug to the attention of management.
    My story is at


  2. Howard, what the heck happened at Biznik? Can you send me an email if you don't want your response to be public?

  3. This is quite a happening, Howard. Also just read Reg’s post. Many times I thought to myself I should put more effort into the Biznik program, but now I am glad I did not.

  4. Julie… You are welcome to call me at 206-909-9994 if you want the details.
    Bottom line is, all the social media networks can terminate you at their
    discretion. My response will remain positive and publicly via my blog posts
    and my new activity at

    Thanks. …Howard

  5. Tammy Redmon says:

    Wow Howard, I just heard about this. So sorry. It's kind of like Enron isn't it? You are out on all your investments, without warning – boom, gone. What a shame. Don't know the circumstances and perhaps that isn't the real issue. However an explanation before termination would have been warranted and the respectable action to take anyway.

    Knowing you Howard, you will more than survive – thrive! Look forward to connecting in the future.

  6. Jessie says:

    Good to know if one chooses to use a social network as their knowledge management or customer relationship management (CRM). Intellectual capital must be “backed up” if we expect to keep it as a personal knowledge base.

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Howard!

    `~ Jessie

  7. Jessie says:

    Good to know if one chooses to use a social network as their knowledge management or customer relationship management (CRM). Intellectual capital must be “backed up” if we expect to keep it as a personal knowledge base.

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Howard!

    `~ Jessie

  8. Jason says:

    Hello DavidThe educational vsioren will not be released until after we have a launch date for the FUNcube satellite. There will be additional software available that will provide a simple, and hopefully seemless, end user interface specifically for the satellite.Howard

  9. What did Michelle mean by her doctor telling her to let the miscarriage happen naturally? Does that mean wait for labor and have to give birth? Sorry, just not very educated on this.

  10. Hi Mynnette love your card for our challenge this week at ATS&M, unusual stamp which looks fab stamped on the patterned paper. Great take on our sketch, thanks for playing along:)Val x

  11. Nein, das wusste ich nicht. Ist interessant, denn wir schein so ziemlich die einzigen mit unseren Steckdosen zu sein. Habt ihr das bei eurem Afrika-Thema gelernt?

  12. I’d like to be a turtle. That would be cool. Personally, I love when it rains and I’m indoors and cozy. Especially, when I can watch other people suffering in the rain. It’s like I’m the lucky one. Okay, is that evil?Mommy Unmuted recently posted…

  13. Haha. I woke up down today. You’ve cheered me up!

  14. that then readers would ignore him. In any case I can’t prove that he thinks this, and I think that the arguments he does make are a sort of slight of hand, so taking them at face value to determine that he is a particular type of religious bigot seems like a bit of a leap. He may or may not be one, but it seems from this article that he is simply playing one on TV.I should note that I recently went to McCain campaign HQ, and rudely interrupted Senator McCain having fondue with Weisburg.

  15. http://www./ says:

    ca ai mentionat ca exista si oameni ca stiu sa-si faca treaba in PR. Probabil ca majoritatea jurnalistilor nu au avut foarte des ocazia sa dea peste comunicate verificate de cate trei ori de trei oameni diferiti, ca nu cumva sa scape o virgula pusa gresit, o greseala de ortografie sau de gramatica… Ar fi ideal ca jurnalistii sa-si aleaga PR-ii cu care sa lucreze, asa cum PR-ii isi aleg jurnalistii.

  16. I think you may be right. I don’t have much experience in dungeon crawlers, but money is very easy to come by in MMOs with honestly, very little effort. Usually, just playing a low level character and keeping and selling crafting materials rather than using them will get you a mint. And to be quite honestly, gear doesn’t seem to make as substantial of a difference in MMOs, at least in the PVE aspect of the game.

  17. ana.doll comentou em 3 de maio de 2012 às 17:15. Ganhei um puppy, um pug, Nabucodonosor (hahaha…) e ele tava todo serelepe aq, só foi eu começar a ver o vídeo e ele deu uma sossegada, pulou no meu colo e assistiu comigo, hahaha… mtooo bom! Ele só se levantou com um chorinho de cachorro no vídeo. (?)Vou tentar fazer a trança, confesso q não sou fã de dourado, mas a make ficou linda em vc! Ahazando como sempre, Dona Julia.Se cuida!=* muááá

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