Twitter increasingly replicates the feeling of a Las Vegas casino that keeps throwing shiny distractions …

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.

I went back to Tweetdeck and it was a relief because it was *simpler*.

New blog post today: Dear Twitter: Please Ditch the Clutter

Dear Twitter: Please Ditch the Clutter

On Wandering.shop

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

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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.

Dear Twitter: Please Ditch the Clutter

On Twitter

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

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On Wandering.shop

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

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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:

Long-Form Twitter: WHY OH WHY?

On Twitter

Did they seriously not think about how easily this can be abused? I mean, either they didn’t think this through, or they did – and neither possibility is encouraging.

Did they seriously not think about how easily this can be abused?

I mean, either they didn’t think this through, or they did – and neither possibility is encouraging.

This is a recipe for disaster and DISCRIMINATION. “its algorithm will mute certain users so tweets fall behind a “see more replies” link and content will no longer be searchable. The primary factors will be complaints, blocks, and mutes an account receives.”

Twitter says it will start hiding tweets that ‘negatively impact’ the service

https://gizmodo.com/twitter-says-it-will-start-hiding-tweets-that-negative-1826046495

– Gizmodo (@gizmodo) May 15, 2018

— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) May 15, 2018

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I mean, it’s almost a cliche on Facebook: A harasses B. B hits back. A’s friends all file complaints against B, so B gets suspended.

Human moderation is hard to scale, but automatic moderation is too easy to game…and that’s a known issue.

On Twitter

Yes, I suppose data revealed through a system *working as intended* isn’t technically a “breach.”

Yes, I suppose data revealed through a system *working as intended* isn’t technically a “breach.”

On Twitter

Most social media these days is built around selling access to participants’ data, directly or indirectly (through ad placement). It doesn’t have to be, but that’s the business model that’s taken hold.

On Twitter

There are alternatives to the big data-mining social networks, but they have their own drawbacks. Blogs still exist, @MastodonProject is making great strides, you can self-host if you can afford it & have the know-how (or know someone who does)…

On Twitter

But your friends/family aren’t on [cool social network], they’re still on FB & Twitter, so you need to keep them around to talk to them.

And it takes time, effort & money to maintain your own site.

And a lot of networks aren’t as polished as the ones you’re already on…

On Twitter

Leaving FB/Twitter isn’t easy for everyone, or even rewarding for everyone.

We can make it easier, help people diversify, & grow those alternative networks, but let’s not blame those who accept the trade-off & stay on the major sites.

On Twitter

Still, user data is the product. Breaches need one kind of solution. Business practices need another.

On Twitter

Twitter is not a public utility – Mastodon Blog – Medium

We rely on Twitter and Facebook for communication, but their incentive isn’t to help us communicate – it’s to keep us active on the platform…and negative interactions are *more* effective than positive interactions for that.

(Reposting this directly in FB since it seems to be hiding posts from Buffer. The original was *literally not present in my timeline* when viewed on the mobile FB site.)

Twitter is not a public utility – Mastodon Blog – Medium

Isn’t it a bit strange that the entire world has to wait on the CEO of Twitter to come around on what constitutes healthy discourse? I am…

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We rely on Twitter and Facebook for communication, but their incentive isn’t to help us communicate – it’s to keep us active on the platform…and negative interactions are *more* effective than positive interactions for that. via @MastodonProject

We rely on Twitter and Facebook for communication, but their incentive isn’t to help us communicate – it’s to keep us active on the platform…and negative interactions are *more* effective than positive interactions for that. https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2018/03/twitter-is-not-a-public-utility/ via @MastodonProject

On Twitter

Birdsite administrivia snafu

Twitter locked the two project-specific accounts I use regularly, but not the personal account I use to log into Tweetdeck. Supposedly for behavior violating the Twitter Rules(tm), but all I had to do was verify my phone number on each.

I only tried to log in b/c Tweetdeck wasn’t loading their columns. I suspect that it was Tweetdeck’s error causing the suspicious behavior to begin with.

Or Twitter just really wants a phone number on every account now.

On Mastodon.social

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

Manton Reece: Write locally, mirror globally

Are Facebook and Twitter a core part of the web…or are they just today’s portal into that core? The article argues that if you want your content to last, it’s better to post it on your own site, and mirror it on today’s social networks.

Manton Reece: Write locally, mirror globally

The Atlantic has an interesting essay on whether Twitter is on a slow decline, less useful and meaningful than it once was:…

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