Hey @Twitter, stop cluttering up my view by showing me posts I *haven’t* looked for instead of the ones I *have*. My home timeline should be posts by people I’ve followed. – Not posts from people *they’ve* followed – Not posts they kinda liked but didn’t like enough to retweet

Hey @Twitter, stop cluttering up my view by showing me posts I *haven’t* looked for instead of the ones I *have*.

My home timeline should be posts by people I’ve followed.
– Not posts from people *they’ve* followed
– Not posts they kinda liked but didn’t like enough to retweet

On Twitter

And when I look at a specific post, I should see that post and others that are *actually* related to it, like
– The rest of the author’s thread
– The rest of the discussion
– NOT tweets by someone else that some algorithm has decided is similar.

On Twitter

If you throw so much other stuff in front of me that I can’t use the site, you’re not going to get more engagement – you’re going to get less.

I wish I could use Tweetdeck on my phone.

IT WOULD BE SIMPLER.

On Twitter

Twitter increasingly replicates the feeling of a Las Vegas casino that keeps throwing shiny distractions in front of you in hopes of getting you to “engage” with it just a little bit more instead of helping you do what you’re trying to.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2019/07/twitter-clutter/

On Twitter

I’ll pick the void that feels less exploitative.

Sometimes you choose which social app to open based on
– who you want to talk to
– who you want to hear
– what you want to talk about

Sometimes you’re just shouting into the void. At those times, I figure I’ll pick the void that feels less exploitative.

On Twitter

That’s part of why I still have a blog. And why I post more on Mastodon, while Twitter is mostly auto-shares from my other networks, retweets, and occasional cross-posts. And politics, because I’d rather keep that here than on the network that’s still fun.

On Twitter
Expanded on K2R

Which site was first to publish your likes/favorites in your followers’ timelines?

Which site was first to publish your likes/favorites in your followers’ timelines, #Facebook or #Twitter? Or did they both take this crazy idea from another site?

And what the heck was their stated rationale?

Searching hasn’t helped, so I turn to the #lazyweb

#socialnetworking

On Twitter
On Wandering.shop

Hot Take: The Great Flickr Purge

Yahoo was never sure what to do with Flickr after they bought it. And when they realized they’d missed the smartphone revolution, they tried to make it into something it wasn’t suited for (an Instagram equivalent) and couldn’t sustain (cloud storage for ALL your photos!)

I remember when they panicked over Instagram and the best they could come up with was adding filters, as if that was the key…

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On Tumblr

Why I have more confidence in Flickr/SmugMug than Tumblr/Verizon

Why I have more confidence in Flickr/SmugMug than Tumblr/Verizon

Last month, Tumblr and Flickr both announced policy changes that upset a lot of users. Flickr announced that they’d be shrinking the storage offered to free accounts while adding features to paid accounts. Tumblr announced that all adult content was going to be banned, and immediately set about flagging posts and accounts. In the clumsiest way possible. With a lot of errors…

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On Twitter

On Tumblr

The 2018 Social Network Experience

Twitter is like a train crashing into a burning dumpster, and the railroad owner won’t let firefighters in because they’re doing such a brisk business selling marshmallows.

Facebook is like a large family gathering where you can’t quite get away from your racist uncle/in-law’s soapboxing, and the TV keeps interrupting with commercials for things related to your conversations.

Tumblris the weird…

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On Tumblr

Fandom platform of the future – specs and features

Fandom platform of the future – specs and features

On Tumblr

You can broadly categorize social networks by four factors…

You can broadly categorize social networks by four factors:

1. How replies are handled
2. Whether you follow people/orgs or topics
3. Is it broadcast by default?
4. Is it one service or many?

More than whether the content is likely to be short text, long text, a photo, a video, or a link, these questions define the types of connections and types of interactions that people are going to have.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/categorizing-social-networks/

On Wandering.shop

You can broadly categorize social networks, or really any communication software, based on four criteria.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/categorizing-social-networks/

On Twitter

After complaining about the ways people try to cram long form writing onto birdsite (giant …

After complaining about the ways people try to cram long form writing onto birdsite (giant threads & images of text remind me of the old tech support days when users pasted screen shots of errors into Word docs b/c it was the tool they knew) I realized I don’t see that so much on Mastodon.

I wonder if it’s the culture, just who I’m following, or if the 500-char limit gives people enough room that they don’t feel they’ve already writing a long chain, why not keep going?

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/long-form-twitter-why-oh-why/

On Mastodon.social

Long-Form Twitter: WHY OH WHY?

Long-Form Twitter

Twitter is suited for short statements and back-and-forth conversation.

It’s terrible for anything long-form.

Long Twitter threads and images filled with text remind me of the old tech support days when users would paste screen shots of error messages into Microsoft Word documents and email me the document. It was a terrible tool for the job, but it was the one they knew.

Once you get past two or…

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Twitter is suited for short statements & back-and-forth conversation. It’s terrible for anything long-form…

Twitter is suited for short statements & back-and-forth conversation.

It’s terrible for anything long-form.

Threads & images filled with text remind me of the old tech support days when users would paste screen shots of errors into MS Word docs b/c that’s the app they knew.

On Twitter

Once you get past 2 or 3 tweets (regardless of 140 or 280), your ideas will hang together better and be better understood if you write an actual article somewhere.

Sadly, Twitter has trained people to stay in Twitter instead of going outside to read the article.

On Twitter

So we get screenshots of long paragraphs that are awful for accessibility.

And we get threads that people only see fragments of & take bits out of context.

And we get links to articles that people don’t read, but reply to what they *think* was in them.

On Twitter

This thread expanded to an article that hangs together better, but that maybe two people will read:

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/long-form-twitter-why-oh-why/

On Twitter

The secret history of Facebook depression

“The key to understanding social media depression lies in the social norm that has emerged around how we manage Facebook’s context collapse in a way that is acceptable in all contexts. That social norm is being your perfect self. And the consequence of that is we are all performing our perfect selves, thus all making each other feel depressed and inadequate.”

The secret history of Facebook depression

To early users, the internet held such promise for people and communities. Now, on the eve of Facebook’s 15th birthday, social media is making people depressed. What happened?

On Facebook

Thinking about how to broadly categorize social networks…

Thinking about how to broadly categorize social networks based on

1. Replies subordinate to OP (FB, blogs) or top-level but linked (Mastodon, Birdsite, Tumblr)
2. Primarily follow people/orgs (all the above) or topics (mesage boards)
3. Default interacction is 1 on 1 or broadcast.

On Mastodon.social
Expanded on K2R

Social networking experiment creates the amalgamated platonic ideal Facebook & Twitter users.

Social networking experiment creates the amalgamated platonic ideal Facebook & Twitter users.

This is what happens if you let anyone use your Facebook password

On Twitter

An interesting social networking experiment: Someone set up profiles on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, then publicized the passwords so anyone could use them, creating an amalgam of the ultimate Facebook or Twitter account. (Instagram's didn't take off.)

On Facebook