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Didn't see a thread. So, micro-bloging, then.

Fluffy Bear Hearts Rainbows, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 15:01 (eleven years ago) link

what's the point when you have FB status updates?

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 15:02 (eleven years ago) link

I'm an addict.

Allen, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 15:04 (eleven years ago) link

The status updates on facebook are one of my favourite aspects of FB, so I liked the idea of twitter when I first heard about it a week or so ago. I've signed up, but it hasn't stuck with me as yet, I think because none of my friends are using it.

krakow, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 21:31 (eleven years ago) link

It's reduced all my literary ambitions down to daily one-liners:

Lie Bot, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:22 (eleven years ago) link

So much hate for Twitter. So much.

J0hn D., Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:46 (eleven years ago) link

Twitter is for productivity douche-bags and aspirational web developers.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:49 (eleven years ago) link

I used to use Twitter quite a lot, but Facebook status updates reach a lot more of my friends, and I can do them from my phone as easily as a Twitter so I've kind of abandoned it.

I think Twitter is good for publishing interesting links and news and things, and for asking advice from the microblogosphere, but for the latter you'd need a whole load of like-minded followers and it's hard to get there.

Alba, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

I think I will have to use it for a while before I decide if I love it or hate it.

Sara R-C, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:54 (eleven years ago) link

There was this thread, by the way:


Alba, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:55 (eleven years ago) link

we've def. had a twitter thread before because i remember checking out the twitter homepage to see what the fuss was about, and i just happened to see alba make an update. then i told him about it here.

elan, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:56 (eleven years ago) link

dats it

elan, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:56 (eleven years ago) link

TWITTER: I don't get it

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:44 (eleven years ago) link

CIO/KIU: using ilx like twitter

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:45 (eleven years ago) link

I just spent another fifteen minutes going down the rabbit hole with this shit clicking on follower avatars
the text of the last panel could possibly be sold as a t-shirt

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:46 (eleven years ago) link

the weather alert stuff and airport delay announcement feeds seem vaguely useful but it remains the absolute dumbest shit I've ever seen since friendster

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:56 (eleven years ago) link

I mean what use is something that's supposed to provide low-bandwidth status updates on EVERY STUPID PIDDLING THING EVER IN THE WORLD if it also happens to be breaking constantly is ugly and has a terrible name, as with squoink and jaiku and whatever else, which just goes to show you what actually matters

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:58 (eleven years ago) link


El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 06:02 (eleven years ago) link

let me make sure to get back here and write you guys some more about how I feel about the web's direction in a little bit

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 06:04 (eleven years ago) link

yeah I still think it is all weird and gross

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 06:50 (eleven years ago) link

"the microblogosphere"

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 31 July 2008 08:52 (eleven years ago) link

I use Twitter to keep up with a very small handful of friends (FreakyTrigger mob mostly) so mine is mostly a collection of stupid injokes that come to my mobile. I like that a lot, saves me having to text loads of people at once, but it freaks me out when I see random strangers following me. I have to purge my followers list about once a week.

Matt DC, Thursday, 31 July 2008 09:24 (eleven years ago) link

I used to use Twitter quite a lot, but Facebook status updates reach a lot more of my friends, and I can do them from my phone as easily as a Twitter so I've kind of abandoned it

this is a shame, because your minute-by-minute update from "control" was fucking genius. for the few minutes it lasted.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:40 (eleven years ago) link

you'd need a whole load of like-minded followers and it's hard to get there.
This is the key, really. Twitter got some ferocious use at wwdc, and was v. good for finding out what was giong on where, and what sessions to leave, etc, but it doesn't work so well if you've just trucked up in some random place.

There's a twitter client for iPhone that might help with that though -- it shows you all the updates from folks in your location.

stet, Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:47 (eleven years ago) link

this is a shame, because your minute-by-minute update from "control" was fucking genius. for the few minutes it lasted.

People were complaining!

Alba, Thursday, 31 July 2008 22:12 (eleven years ago) link

as usual

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 00:50 (eleven years ago) link

the end of twitter in the UK? er: yes, as far as i can see. i don't want to have to *look* for tweets. i want them to come to me:


I'm sending you this note because you registered a mobile device
to work with Twitter over our UK number. I wanted to let you
know that we are making some changes to the way SMS works on
Twitter. There is some good news and some bad news.

I'll start with the bad news. Beginning today, Twitter is no
longer delivering outbound SMS over our UK number. If you enjoy
receiving updates from Twitter via +44 762 480 1423, we are
recommending that you explore some suggested alternatives.

Note: You will still be able to UPDATE over our UK number.

Before I go into more detail, here's a bit of good news: Twitter
will be introducing several new, local SMS numbers in countries
throughout Europe in the coming weeks and months. These new
numbers will make Twittering more accessible for you if you've
been using SMS to send long-distance updates from outside the UK.

Why are we making these changes?

Mobile operators in most of the world charge users to send
updates. When you send one message to Twitter and we send it to
ten followers, you aren't charged ten times--that's because we've
been footing the bill. When we launched our free SMS service to
the world, we set the clock ticking. As the service grew in
popularity, so too would the price.

Our challenge during this window of time was to establish
relationships with mobile operators around the world such that
our SMS services could become sustainable from a cost perspective.
We achieved this goal in Canada, India, and the United States.
We can provide full incoming and outgoing SMS service without
passing along operator fees in these countries.

We took a risk hoping to bring more nations onboard and more
mobile operators around to our way of thinking but we've arrived
at a point where the responsible thing to do is slow our costs
and take a different approach. Since you probably don't live in
Canada, India, or the US, we recommend receiving your Twitter
updates via one of the following methods. works on browser-enabled phones works on browser-enabled phones works on email-enabled phones
Cellity [] works on java-enabled phones
TwitterBerry [] works on BlackBerry phones
Twitterific [] works on iPhones

Twitter SMS by The Numbers

It pains us to take this measure. However, we need to avoid
placing undue burden on our company and our service. Even with a
limit of 250 messages received per week, it could cost Twitter
about $1,000 per user, per year to send SMS outside of Canada,
India, or the US. It makes more sense for us to establish fair
billing arrangements with mobile operators than it does to pass
these high fees on to our users.

Twitter will continue to negotiate with mobile operators in
Europe, Asia, China, and The Americas to forge relationships
that benefit all our users. Our goal is to provide full, two-way
service with Twitter via SMS to every nation in a way that is
sustainable from a cost perspective. Talks with mobile companies
around the world continue. In the meantime, more local numbers
for updating via SMS are on the way. We'll keep you posted.

Thank you for your attention,
Biz Stone, Co-founder
Twitter, Inc.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 14 August 2008 08:45 (eleven years ago) link

I never understood why anyone would want tweets pushed to them. I get excited when I receive a text. I don't want to find it's some spazz like me telling the world they've found an odd-coloured bogey up their nose.

Alba, Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:21 (eleven years ago) link

it would be nice, when the iphone's push service is switched on, if twitter would push messages down to twitterific - this would solve the 'excited when I receive a text only to find it's about a bogey' problem

cozwn, Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:31 (eleven years ago) link

If my phone had let me assign unique message alert tones to numbers like it does with ringtones and voice calls then the problem might have gone away.

Alba, Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:34 (eleven years ago) link

Maybe the fundamental problem is that I'm not interested enough in other people.

Alba, Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:35 (eleven years ago) link

most of twitter is exquisitely described in metaphor by that news story about the inflatable turd named "Complex Shit" blowing away and breaking actual stuff that matters

El Tomboto, Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:39 (eleven years ago) link

of course being me I would say the same for pretty much everything "web 2.0"

El Tomboto, Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:40 (eleven years ago) link

actually, i'd follow a tombot twitter feed. furious cynicism at unexpected moments could be fun.

i guess twitterific might step up to the plate here, but then again: it can't run in the background on the iPhone, can it?

(this, incidentally, is my first ILX post from my shiny new iMac.)

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 14 August 2008 11:28 (eleven years ago) link


cozeny Wondering out loud what we'd need to start a UK group SMS system and take Twitter's market: Ruby developers, time, money, and Red Bull... ? 9 minutes ago from web

Hi, cozeny.

tweetsms (tweetsms) is now following your updates on Twitter.

Check out tweetsms's profile here:

You may follow tweetsms as well by clicking on the "follow" button.


tweetsms will be available worldwide across almost all carriers. We also plan to deploy an ad-based service for free updates.
38 minutes ago from web

@PurpleKitchen check out about 2 hours ago from web in reply to PurpleKitchen

just uploaded to help all of those international SMS users! about 2 hours ago from web

cozwn, Thursday, 14 August 2008 12:39 (eleven years ago) link

Used it cause I was excited (are you still an early adopter a full year after the SXSW explosion of use?), then didn't for a few months cause I didn't really see the point, now I'm usin it again cause I've had some new local friends start following me.

Good for questions, link-sharing, Microemo bursts, etc.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 14 August 2008 13:25 (eleven years ago) link

I have a friend who uses this to read his friends' feeds, so I basically only see it from the angle of a person who is constantly checking his phone while I'm trying to have a conversation with him. The first time I heard of Twitter was from him when I finally got exasperated with his constantly checking his phone.

Maybe I'm the one with the problem, but I can't really think of anyone in the world interesting enough for me to want updates on their activities throughout the day. I'd say the only people I could imagine wanting to twitter could be: Drug smuggler, violent prison inmate, Slash-in-his-heyday type rock star, and a dog (if they somehow managed to translate its thoughts into English text).

rockapads, Thursday, 14 August 2008 14:41 (eleven years ago) link

don't use it, don't know anyone who does, but i check this one all the time:

Roz, Thursday, 14 August 2008 14:51 (eleven years ago) link

i very very rarely check it on my phone. does mobile use seem to be the prominent use?

tehresa, Thursday, 14 August 2008 14:55 (eleven years ago) link

SMS functionality seems to be its USP now that Facebook status updates have taken the mainstream microblogging space.

As I said above, people using it for pushed news bulletins and question-broadcasting rather than personal what-i'm-doing stuff is another application.

Alba, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:05 (eleven years ago) link

(I think you can now do Facebook by SMS in America, actually, but not here)

Alba, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:06 (eleven years ago) link

SMS is a fucking trilobite technology

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:22 (eleven years ago) link

I followed @johncleese back when his followers were in the double digits.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:39 (eleven years ago) link

Seriously someone FedEx me a fucking medal already.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:39 (eleven years ago) link

how the fuck are they planning to make money? Also, they could easily have charged for this in Europe, and at least started making some actual income for a change.

stet, Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

so: brightkite, then. anyone played about with it much? i'm not sure i can particularly be arsed, TBH.

grimly fiendish, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 19:00 (eleven years ago) link

Twinkle is useful to see if there's trouble on my tram line or the local cafe is on fire.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 21:27 (eleven years ago) link


Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 21:27 (eleven years ago) link

Brightkite seems particularly marvelous, actually. Like Twitter with upgrades.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 23:20 (eleven years ago) link

I feel like the ability to "fact check" bullshit tweets would be very helpful, but I may be deluding myself.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 13 April 2020 01:13 (one month ago) link

"facts" according to whom, though?


mh, Monday, 13 April 2020 18:32 (one month ago) link

According to me. Obviously there is a subjective element there, but maybe if tweets are egregious enough,vtgey will draw more than just my own attention, and ultimately get some of the worst offenders banned.

I get that this is very quixotic, pie in the sky stuff, but I'm bored.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 13 April 2020 19:01 (one month ago) link

the pandering brand account saga continues

the steak umms guys dad, who runs the ad agency he works for, is a rick santorum donor

— dean screan (@Lowenaffchen) April 14, 2020

mh, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 20:02 (one month ago) link

a bad dad? now I've seen everything

k3vin k., Tuesday, 14 April 2020 20:13 (one month ago) link

he's not just the dad.. he's the boss

idk there's this element where someone who works in marketing also has their own account where they're tweeting about how it's a cool experiment to present a brand as this inspirational voice.. that's also marketing

and the marketing company is just another company

mh, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 20:16 (one month ago) link

fuck the steak-umm boy hate him wish him gone here's his cover of dreams lol

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 20:28 (one month ago) link

should be in prison for something

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 20:28 (one month ago) link

imo they should just tell the truth that steak-umms are reconstituted beef trimmings and eating them instead of buying fancy cuts of meat, which there are only so many of per cow, is a lot more environmentally conscious

mh, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 20:38 (one month ago) link

woke steak-umms is a perfect internet moment

lag∞n, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 22:03 (one month ago) link

lag∞n, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 22:06 (one month ago) link

lol amazing

mh, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 22:40 (one month ago) link

mark s, Saturday, 18 April 2020 20:34 (one month ago) link

an artist at work

mookieproof, Sunday, 19 April 2020 23:55 (one month ago) link

these are the people who rule us

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:18 (one month ago) link

the toys that made us indeed

El Tomboto, Monday, 20 April 2020 00:33 (one month ago) link

Every day on twitter:

Twitter: Hi, we've pinned this UK gov press conference on coronavirus to the top for you.
Me: Hide this event.
Twitter: Thanks, we'll use this feedback to improve your experience on twitter!

Repeat endlessly.

a slice of greater pastry (ledge), Monday, 20 April 2020 15:11 (one month ago) link

Our king Robert has returned to claim his throne.

— Ecce_Homosexual (@Ecce_Homosexual) April 20, 2020

Robert is teaching me how to be

mh, Monday, 20 April 2020 19:14 (one month ago) link

I rarely tweet but last night I referred to a surgery I had performed in a hospital that's currently being demolished in my city...

This morning, the tweet has disappeared as well as all the replies/conversations with it. No warning or comment, just nuked without trace.

I used the word "guts" in place of "internal organs", which might have triggered something in their internal sentiment analysis but holy crap what a garbage platform. I admit, I've been using it more in quarantine, but I feel ready to move on to the next garbage platform concocted by another shitty technology company.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:01 (three weeks ago) link

are you banned/suspended? could it have been deleted for political reasons or just some arbitrary moderation bullshit

twitter is dud for banning me for saying fuck off to the wrong person after telling me blatantly antisemitic & homophobic abuse doesn’t violate their rules. jack dorsey is a nazi coddling fuck

fuck it (Left), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:42 (three weeks ago) link

Not banned, just my tweet & subsequent tweet-replies/children/convos were all nuked without any notification. I went to my friends pages who had replied and all instances of their replies have also vanished.

I have been banned/twitter-jailed for 48 hours for posting Drive Like Jehu lyrics to accompany live video I took of them performing said song:

...but that process was really clear and direct. This seems way more shady and for not even a clear reason. Makes me wonder how often they shadow-censor people who tweet far more often than i do?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:51 (three weeks ago) link

Okay, now it's back. Who here works at the twittz?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 18:58 (three weeks ago) link

That seems like a glitch? As far as I know, Twitter doesn’t just delete tweets and threads, it only does suspensions/bans and locks accounts until offending tweets are removed by the user unless you’re in Germany or w/e and some content is completely unviewable but still present

mh, Friday, 1 May 2020 03:49 (three weeks ago) link

the edit button finally arrives (for assholes)

When things get heated, you may say things you don't mean. To let you rethink a reply, we’re running a limited experiment on iOS with a prompt that gives you the option to revise your reply before it’s published if it uses language that could be harmful.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 5, 2020

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 19:24 (two weeks ago) link

Glinner's extraordinary meltdown will be studied for decades i've no doubt.

piscesx, Saturday, 9 May 2020 18:20 (two weeks ago) link

The shit Owen Jones gets on there every day, apparently "fuck off and join the tories" is hate speech and this isn't

Right-wing twitter having a normal one, I see!

— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) May 9, 2020

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:09 (two weeks ago) link

There will be textbooks on the exponentially-increasing Glinner meltdown, yes, I am trying to curb my unhealthy morbid curiosity about him by blocking mentions, but it's impossible.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:12 (two weeks ago) link

I mean it is clear that he was already a prick before this, think this video gives you a good idea of why the Twitter virus has destroyed him - he was already a bit of a prick, of the sort who wants to aggressively debate everyone and can't be told he's wrong - just took a case where he needed to apologise for a little thing to break his brain.

Think lots of creatives are like this, ironically for someone who claims to be a feminist, it's very much a toxic masculinity thing.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 9 May 2020 20:18 (two weeks ago) link

this blows

don't have or want an account so no tweetdeck or whatever. i just jump around to different pages when i want to. new twitter is unbelievably bad, one of the worst redesigns of a website ever

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 10 May 2020 01:52 (two weeks ago) link

between blogger, twitter, and medium, evan williams has been responsible for a lot of misinformation and shittiness, huh

maura, Sunday, 10 May 2020 02:51 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't tried this out yet, but seems like it could be useful

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:04 (six days ago) link

I still do 99% of my twitter interaction through Tweetbot on my phone or iPad and it just shows tweets from people I follow, or their retweets, in chronological order

that'll probably disappear someday, but literally no sponsored tweets, no weird ordering or promoting popular content, just a good ol' stream of tweets

mh, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:12 (six days ago) link

Thanks Noodles, going to try a few of those.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:24 (six days ago) link

Moddles, I mean, need to switch auto correct off

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:25 (six days ago) link

thanks for that link, moodles! for those who won't click through but might be interested:

By adding a few strings—little bits of code used by Twitter to tag types of tweets—to your muted keywords list, you can change the way the Twitter algorithm sends content to your feed.

While logged in to Twitter, go to Settings > Notifications > Muted > Muted words, and add the strings below.

suggest_activity_tweet: Stops the platform from feeding you tweets you might like
suggest_recycled_tweet_inline: Stops repeated tweets from appearing over and over
suggest_pyle_tweet: Stops serving tweets because mutuals engaged with them
suggest_grouped_tweet_hashtag: Stops tweets associated with popular hashtags from appearing randomly in your timeline
suggest_who_to_follow: Self-explanatory
generic-activity-momentsbreaking: Keep tweets served simply because they're part of a Moment out of your feed

haha, is "suggest_pyle_tweet" a reference to nathan pyle?

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:54 (six days ago) link

gomer pyle? stop getting tweets from those gomers

mh, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 15:01 (six days ago) link

i mean, i've engaged with my fair share of nathan pyle tweets, so i could be contributing to this problem for my mutuals. they're family friendly but actually funny!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 15:03 (six days ago) link

u can get a chronological feed just by selecting latest tweets instead of home from that menu thats at the top of da app fellas

lag∞n, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 15:59 (six days ago) link

.. and keep selecting it every two days when it switches back BY ITSELF

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 16:41 (six days ago) link

what, you want a setting to permanently switch it to latest tweets instead of top tweets?

jack can implement that. but the catch is that now you must click the setting to permanently switch it to latest tweets...every two days

mwahahaha! yes!!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 16:45 (six days ago) link

it’s so sadistic

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 16:47 (six days ago) link

what we need is a new push notification every two days to remind us to switch it to latest tweets. and in that notification, they might as well go ahead and embed some top tweets, since you're already looking

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 16:49 (six days ago) link

I get emails from Twitter with tweets from the same account (which I don't follow!) every day or so. No idea why.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 16:58 (six days ago) link

McDonald's has a really rude bot. I posted a really, really old McDonald's commercial to YouTube. I didn't even criticize McDonald's. I didn't use a hashtag. There wasn't even the word "McDonald's" in my tweet. All I said was that their fries have changed dramatically over the years. And I get this bot tweet, "please fill out this form with your concerns". How Orwellian and creepy.

Alpha 666, The Number of the Beast (I M Losted), Saturday, 23 May 2020 10:11 (two days ago) link

from YouTube, not to.

Alpha 666, The Number of the Beast (I M Losted), Saturday, 23 May 2020 10:13 (two days ago) link

At least now you do have some concerns

Josefa, Saturday, 23 May 2020 14:46 (two days ago) link

I complained about a costcutter on twitter because they were charging £5 for a little bag of penne, since then their social media person has been asking me which one it was, but I just wanted to whinge, not to snitch, so am ignoring it.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 23 May 2020 15:06 (two days ago) link

switching on and off the algorithm taught me that the difference between 'latest tweets' and algo is minimal. also, if u folllow ppl from the uk or australia, the algo shows you their best tweets in the morning

flopson, Saturday, 23 May 2020 16:51 (two days ago) link

their social media person has been asking me which one it was, but I just wanted to whinge, not to snitch

@Tesco am no a grass

— Nina Bibs (@ninabibs_gla) March 23, 2015

Bleeqwot (sic), Saturday, 23 May 2020 18:57 (two days ago) link

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