Warning: this is a rant. If you only allow yourself to be optimistic at all times, please refrain from reading this post.
😆 Just kidding, friends. I actually just want to share something that’s annoying me about Goodreads.
Over the past six months, I’ve been repeatedly blocked on Goodreads. I’ll be scrolling along, liking posts from books added to reviews—even adding books to my TBR, and all of sudden I’m blocked. This lasts for sometimes up to an hour. Goodreads has a cap of 70 likes allowed in a set amount of time. I believe it’s an hour. This probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for someone who limits themselves to mainly Goodreads for social media, it is. I don’t know of any other media platform that does this, do you?
What upsets me the most is that I’ve been a member on Goodreads for fourteen years now. Why would the system not be more sophisticated than that? Shouldn’t it be smart enough to know that I’m not a spammer?
I’ve contacted Goodreads three times—once six months ago and twice in the last week. I’m given the same response.
What is she even talking about? I only reviewed one book that day. Not only that, who even knows how long it’s been since I left two reviews in a single day. I’m averaging two reviews a week right now. Last time I was told that these ’regulations’ were temporary due to high levels of spam.
Goodreads has always been my number one social media. There was a time when I didn’t use any other social media at all. I’m barely on Twitter. Bookstagram hasn’t worked out for me (the algorithm is insane). It seems like I’m just going to have to suck it up and deal with it because Goodreads has features other sites don’t. I’ve actually considered only reading and liking reviews rather than everything. I just can’t understand—with Amazon being its parent company—why they can’t have a better spam system. These changes they’ve made haven’t helped from what I can see. Every day my messages and friend requests are loaded with people treating the site as a dating platform. Promotion links are posted on my reviews. I’ve even received friend requests from people promoting porn sites.
Has anyone else been dealing with these issues on Goodreads or am I just a crazy person? Are you a reader who doesn’t use Goodreads at all? Are you using another social media platforms for books?