Oct
25
2017
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And Twitter no longer treats my site as spam. Thank you!

I do not know, specifically, what caused them to reverse it. Then again, I don’t know what caused Twitter to mislabel my site as spam in the first place, although I was certainly ready to hazard a guess. But it has been resolved, to my satisfaction; so let us speak no more of this matter.

No, really. One of the dumbest things that people do on the Internet is not leaving well enough alone when they’ve won something. Problem discovered, problem solved, now it’s time for a respectful ‘thank you’ and a brisk disengagement from the fray.

Oct
18
2017
11

Hey, has anybody had any problems with bad ads?

Twitter seems to think that this site is now dangerous.

Sep
26
2017
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Twitter announces that it is experimenting with 280 character Tweets.

I think that this is a perfectly acceptable observation…

(more…)

Aug
21
2017
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Tweet of the Day, This Is A Very Twitter Joke edition.

Sorry about that.

Jun
15
2017
5

Hey, warning for those of you still using Twitter…

…they’re trying to vet what you see again.  Go to mentions; click ‘Settings.’  See if that, under Advanced, the ‘Quality Filter’ box is checked.  If it is (mine was), congratulations: Twitter has decided that it can guess what replies you want to see! (more…)

Mar
02
2017
4

Looks like Twitter has decided that people without cell phones aren’t important.

Take a gander at the new muting functions below.

(more…)

Sep
03
2016
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Well, that was fun.

Spent far too much of the day dealing with my wife’s car’s sudden decision to have bad brakes. Everybody’s fine, she’s home now, no property destruction or anything, but I was pretty much not doing anything more strenuous than Twitter while it was going on. So it goes.

Mar
20
2016
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Tweet of the Day, Cubans Are Just Props For This President edition.

Some days I really do wonder whether President Barack Obama is paying attention.

Shot:

Chaser:

Ouch.

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Feb
29
2016
5

An update on my attempts to wean myself off of Twitter.

Not that great, honestly.  I think that I’m going to have to pretty much keep all iterations of Twitter or Tweetdeck or whatever off of my mobile devices.  That does help a lot.  The real problem is that I can’t delete Twitter itself from the Internet.  What I’m going to try to do today is regularize and time my logins.  Jump in, log in, check stuff for updates, probably block a few trolls, then log out again. That might help the cravings.

At least, I hope that it does.  The alternative is to simply cancel my Twitter account, and I kind of need it for work.  Which is possibly the largest complication of all: it’s like having a job that requires you to take regular sticks of morphine.  Get off the stuff, and your productivity suffers.  Which may be why more of my professional colleagues aren’t really even aware just how addicted we all are.

Feb
26
2016
7

I suspect that the Twitter hiatus will last the weekend, at least.

[UPDATE: Geez, I had to end up deleting Tweetdeck.  This stuff is addictive.]

Mixed results from yesterday: I managed to stay off for most of the day, but it eventually took disconnecting this site from Twitter (because I would forget, and let the site post from Twitter, and then people would react to those posts, and I’d get a notification*) and protecting my Tweets (because when I did cheat and go onto Tweetdeck the urge to reply to stuff was nigh-insurmountable**) to get into that state.  But I think that I’ve plugged all the holes, now. We’ll see. But I need a couple of legit off-Twitter days to assess what it’s doing to my head.

Moe Lane

*I now really grok what ‘Pavlovian’ means.  That chime literally makes me drop whatever I’m doing to go look.  I had to delete Twitter from my iPod.

**I thought about suspending my account, but that comes with a specific socio-political message right now. Protecting the tweets means nobody can read my new ones, so there’s no point in writing them – and nobody can see my responses, so there’s no point in making them***.

***No, I don’t want to hear of any loopholes.  And that’s in the ‘tell me about a loophole and I may in fact turn off your account here’ sense. The idea is to keep off the stuff for a couple days, remember?

Feb
25
2016
10

Trying a Twitter experiment.

As in, I logged out of Twitter and hid the desktop icon and stuck the iPod app in a folder and deleted it on my phone. I’m curious whether I have a dependency on the thing, you see: so I’m just gonna turn it off for a day and see what happens next. I’ve already suppressed at least one I wonder what funny stuff my followers said about that: I should go look, which suggests that I might, in fact, have a Twitter dependency*. So if I snarl at anybody, say “MOE! Twitter dependency” or something.  That should snap me out of the Madness Place.

Moe Lane

*I’m trying not to call it an ‘addiction’ because that sounds worse.  Might as well be honest about it; I don’t know whether constantly being dipped in social media is bad for my long-term cognitive and neurochemical well-being, but when I actually write it out like that I suspect that I actually do know and just don’t want to admit it. So taking a day off may not be sufficient…

[UDPATE: I forgot that these posts auto-propagate to Twitter.  Dependency much, Moe?]

[ANOTHER UPDATE: I keep forgetting that these posts auto-propagate.  It’s aggravating! – Although not having Twitter around? Not so much. It’s a quite a bit less nerve-wracking than I expected, in fact.]

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.

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