Twitter will probably not turn politician-archiving back on.

See here

and here



Scenes from the People’s Glorious Revolutionary Crusade Against Decadent BBQ Smoke!

Alternate title: …Geez.  White people. Except, I don’t know if the Florida woman who enlisted county government in her ongoing neighborhood feud is white. One mustn’t stereotype. But my unabashedly knee-jerk sympathies aren’t with her:



A Public Service Announcement for public officials saying stupid things on Twitter.

  1. Don’t.
  2. If you do, don’t delete the Tweet once it blows up in your face.
  3. If you do, don’t then claim that you were hacked once your deletion of the Tweet that blew up in your face blows up in your face.
  4. If you do, don’t then delete the claim when it blows up in your face.
  5. …Look, just get off of Twitter, OK? Bad Idea. Bad idea.

Moe Lane

PS: I’m being merciful by not mentioning the person’s name, yes.  I have these urges towards kindness, from time to time. Or maybe I’m just finicky that way.

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How the GOP used social media to outsmart anti-free speech laws.

Looks like the NRCC was on the ball this cycle.

Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.

Translation: they probably didn’t, which CNN will concede later. Moving on…

…The groups behind the operation had a sense of humor about what they were doing. One Twitter account was named after Bruno Gianelli, a fictional character in The West Wing who pressed his colleagues to use ethically questionable “soft money” to fund campaigns.

A typical tweet read: “CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52–>49/476-10s.” The source said posts like that — which would look like gibberish to most people — represented polling data for various House races.



The ‘testing Twitter’ open thread.

I’m getting an ‘internal server error’ when I try to Tweet.  I’d tweet my problem to the developers, except, well…


[UPDATE] And it doesn’t go through.

[UPDATE] Access is spotty; it comes and goes.  I’m going to drop back five yards and punt.


Maybe the answer is that Vivek Murthy should stay off of Twitter.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) The rest of this Daily Beast article on Vivek Murthy and, of people, Rand Paul, is not particularly interesting: but I wonder if Eleanor Clift has thought this through?

A surgeon general’s views on gun violence have never been a litmus test before, but Murthy got the attention of the National Rifle Association with this 2012 tweet: “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.”



They keep going after @mycancellation on Twitter…

…which tells me that the site is having an impact.

Background here and here: the short version is that it looks like the site – which reproduces Obamacare cancellation letters – may be subject to an organized fake Twitter spam report cabal*.  The good news is, Twitter will eventually resolve this by auto-circular filing the fake spam reports, not that they’ll admit to that; such a policy is the only way that they’re able to keep any political content on Twitter at all, frankly.

Moe Lane

*If I want to call it a cabal, I shall call it a cabal.  Neener.


Where in the World is Santiago Swallow?

Interesting post here on social media presences.  More specifically, how easy it is to mock one up:

Who is Santiago Swallow? Well, if you have to ask, you’re obviously not keeping in touch with what is going on in the world.

The 42-year-old Swallow was born in Mexico, but then moved to the US to become one of the most revered gurus of the internet age. He has been described as ‘one of the greatest thinkers of the Millennial generation’.

Despite being in his 40s, Swallow retains his youthful appearance – his piercing eyes and blond mullet lend him the look of member of Duran Duran. But don’t be fooled by his image – Swallow is a serious player in new media. His upcoming book is predicted to define a generation. He has wowed delegates with his speeches at the TED and SXSW conferences.

He has more than 85,000 followers on Twitter. Or rather, he did have until Twitter suspended his account this week. But why would Twitter close the account of one of the most brilliant social media minds in the world?

The fact that Santiago Swallow doesn’t exist probably had something to do with it.



Ten tips for Twitter talk.

In no particular order.  You may not agree with all of these.

  1. Don’t be an ass. Unless you are good at it.  Some of us are.
  2. Don’t assume that you’ll always want to be an ass.
  3. If you ignore #1 & #2, put on your big-person pants when you get smacked around as a result.
  4. Use proper grammar.
  5. Use proper spelling.
  6. If you have difficulty doing either #4 & #5 while staying below 140 characters, get better at efficient and coherent communication.
  7. Twitter is unique in that it is remarkably hard to jam. Take advantage of that.
  8. All successful trolling on Twitter is done with the permission of the person being trolled.
  9. I no more need to see the hate tweets being sent to you than I need to see your food as you are chewing it.
  10. Yes, someone is wrong on the Internet. Or vile. Or both.  Report, block, and tell me something that I don’t know, but would like to.


My “The Internet Goes To Washington” ripoff of @SooperMexican.

Yeah, this is pretty much how it goes.

God knows that I can’t claim to be above it all, either – as witnessed by the fact that this post is essentially a retweet with comments enabled. Don’t think about that too hard.


I’ll say this for Twitter…

…it makes it way easier to just put up a story that you just want people to see, without having to feel obligated to natter on and on and on about it.  Frex, this story; I could come up with five hundred words that could be summed up as ‘Interesting’… or I could just Tweet it instead.

I know that this is a kind of a meta post.  Sorry; everybody’s home because everything’s closed.


#rsrh Reminder: Twitter is no place for a *debate*.

Particularly when it comes to dealing with whatever the Left’s freaking out this week. 140 characters gives you a surprising amount of space with [which] to express yourself, but the platform is not really designed to permit long, complicated, drawn-out debates.  What it is good for is providing information (particularly links) for people that – and this is important – the Other Side cannot jam. Unless you let them*.

Which is not to say that you shouldn’t do things on Twitter (or any other communications platform) that amuses you.  Merely that there’s a difference between ‘entertaining’ and ‘effective,’ and ‘indulging idiots’ rarely falls under the latter category.

Moe Lane

*This, by the way, is why I generally don’t RT hate speech and deliberately break replies when I backhand/block somebody getting stroppy.  Most of those people are desperately trying to waste my time, or waste the time of people on my side who have demonstrated that they can succeed at Twitter. I find it useful to make it clear that there’s no point to it.

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