Dec
12
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, Ted Cruz Lets Cher Off Easy edition.

I mean, I would have added a ‘Bless your heart,’ but Ted Cruz is nicer than I am.

Seriously, though. That poor woman. I blame the Democrats, really.

Sep
29
2015
3

Keep the 140 character Twitter limit!

This is a bad idea and whoever came up with it should not have.

Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company’s 140-character limit, according to multiple people familiar with the company’s plans.

It’s unclear what the product will look like, but sources say it would enable Twitter users to publish long-form content to the service. Users can already tweet out blocks of text with products like OneShot, but those are simply images, not actual text published on Twitter. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.

If Twitter has done nothing else, it has done this: it has taught many people how to be mercifully brief in their commentary. It has even taught some of them to be concise – and, dare I say, even clear. Reversing that seems unwise.

Sep
03
2015
4

How Ed Snowden helped Russia get a good choke hold on its own online dissidents.

‘Inadvertently.’  How droll. How abso-[expletive deleted]-lute-ly droll.

Let me set the scene: Russia – which has comfortably settled back into the patterns of bureaucratic autocracy that has more or less been its operating methodology for a millennium – has a problem.  It’s that pesky Internet, which was created by those pesky Americans, and our pesky stubborn insistence that people have rights and needs that trumps the State’s. Worse, an American’s instinctive response to foreigners insisting the we shut up on the Internet traditionally involves a bodily function, a rope and directions on how do the former upon the latter. You can do that, when all the servers are on your soil. Sooo

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, this was intolerable. In his mind the solution was simple: force the platforms — Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Apple among them — to locate their servers on Russian soil so Russian authorities could control them.

The challenge was how to do it.

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Aug
24
2015
5

Twitter will probably not turn politician-archiving back on.

See here

and here

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Jul
25
2015
11

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:

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Mar
30
2015
4

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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Nov
17
2014
1

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.

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Nov
10
2014
1

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.

Mar
22
2014
4

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.”

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Nov
04
2013
3

They keep going after @mycancellation on Twitter…

…which tells me that MyCancellation.com 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.

Apr
21
2013
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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.

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Mar
21
2013
1

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.

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