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

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

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

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

I'm an addict.

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

It's reduced all my literary ambitions down to daily one-liners: twitter.com/fireland

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

So much hate for Twitter. So much.

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

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

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

There was this thread, by the way:

twittervision

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

dats it

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

TWITTER: I don't get it

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

CIO/KIU: using ilx like twitter

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

I just spent another fifteen minutes going down the rabbit hole with this shit clicking on follower avatars
http://www.penny-arcade.com/images/2008/20080423.jpg
the text of the last panel could possibly be sold as a t-shirt

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:46 (twelve 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 (twelve 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

identi.ca 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 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.soup.io/

IT'S THE NEW TEEVEE

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

yeah I still think it is all weird and gross

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

"the microblogosphere"

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

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1640#more-1640

as usual

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 00:50 (twelve 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:


Hi,

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.

m.twitter.com works on browser-enabled phones
m.slandr.net works on browser-enabled phones
TwitterMail.com works on email-enabled phones
Cellity [http://bit.ly/12bw4R] works on java-enabled phones
TwitterBerry [http://bit.ly/MFAfJ] works on BlackBerry phones
Twitterific [http://bit.ly/1WxjwQ] 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.
http://twitter.com/biz

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

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

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

creepy

13.28
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

13.37
Hi, cozeny.

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

Check out tweetsms's profile here:

http://twitter.com/tweetsms

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

Best,
Twitter

tweetsms
http://www.tweetSMS.com 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 www.tweetsms.com about 2 hours ago from web in reply to PurpleKitchen

just uploaded http://www.tweetsms.com to help all of those international SMS users! about 2 hours ago from web

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

don't use it, don't know anyone who does, but i check this one all the time: http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix

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

SMS is a fucking trilobite technology

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

Seriously someone FedEx me a fucking medal already.

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

ON IPHONE

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

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

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

^now this is the content i log onto ilxor.com for

Thicc Nhat Wanh (rip van wanko), Saturday, 22 August 2020 18:24 (four weeks ago) link

The checks are actually white, btw.

Most Czechs too, fwiw.

pplains, Saturday, 22 August 2020 20:07 (four weeks ago) link

“This account owner limits who can view their tweets”?? OK, how do I join the tweeter’s exclusive private club?

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 28 August 2020 11:10 (three weeks ago) link

That's what it says when someone has blocked you, right? It's what I see when someone quotes or replies to Emily Nussbaum.

jaymc, Friday, 28 August 2020 14:14 (three weeks ago) link

it's also what you see if they've set their account to private

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 28 August 2020 14:31 (three weeks ago) link

Oh, right. In which case, you can just click to Follow them, but they have to approve it.

jaymc, Friday, 28 August 2020 14:36 (three weeks ago) link

the blocked message just says "youre blocked" lol

lag∞n, Friday, 28 August 2020 15:06 (three weeks ago) link

No, I think they changed it!

jaymc, Friday, 28 August 2020 15:18 (three weeks ago) link

i just checked, on web at least

lag∞n, Friday, 28 August 2020 15:22 (three weeks ago) link

it says you’re blocked when you navigate to the profile page but “unavailable” when it’s quote tweeted or in a reply chain

maura, Saturday, 29 August 2020 13:12 (three weeks ago) link

just got one that said "this is not available to you"

lag∞n, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, it's only their profile where is says explicitly that you are blocked. I've only ever been blocked once that I know of, and by Tom Scharpling, of all people. I made a stupid, badly formed joke about wrestling in response to something he tweeted and he made fun of me for only having 40 followers and then blocked me, all within like 30 seconds.

It really only sucks because now, five or six years later, I never get to see the rare times he shares big news on Twitter and all I see are blank retweets from other Best Show guys and FOT.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:45 (two weeks ago) link

What was the joke

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:26 (two weeks ago) link

I honestly don't even remember. It wasn't really a structured joke, but an attempt to be humorous in response to something he tweeted about all wrestling fans being dumb and he didn't like it.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

if you dont tell me the joke im gonna block you >:[

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:01 (two weeks ago) link

lol

lag∞n, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

I made fun of Prodigy of Mobb Deep for only like 50 people buying H.N.I.C. 3. he thought it was funny.

RIP Prodigy

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:12 (two weeks ago) link

The checks are actually white, btw.

That's like saying Green Lantern should be called Black Lantern With A Green Light Inside It

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:13 (two weeks ago) link

except that the lanterns are green

erratic wolf angular guitarist (sic), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 22:45 (two weeks ago) link

A book review by Max:

https://www.bookforum.com/print/2703/a-psychoanalytic-reading-of-social-media-and-the-death-drive-24171

What if the urge lurking behind our compulsive participation in the Twittering Machine is not the behavioralist pursuit of maximized pleasure, but the Freudian death drive -- our latent instinct toward inorganic oblivion, destruction, self-obliteration, “the ratio”? What if we post self-sabotaging things because we want to sabotage ourselves? What if the reason we tweet is because we wish we were dead?

On the one hand, that sounds like Freudian mumbo jumbo. On the other hand, speaking as a frequent user of social media, that . . . seems about right to me.

jaymc, Thursday, 3 September 2020 21:47 (two weeks ago) link

if you dont tell me the joke im gonna block you

Haha, I genuinely wish I could remember it. It was so stupid and ill formed though, just bummed me out that of all the people to be blocked by on twitter it was someone I genuinely really liked and not some hack I was trying to get a rise out of.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 3 September 2020 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

Brisk God nudging it toward C these days

pic.twitter.com/o1ia31MOfD

— Brisk God (@brisk_god) September 7, 2020

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 01:04 (one week ago) link

i know its a known and hated death-drive machine (citation: sigmund freud, ilxor max) but i just lolled at ilxor jess calling krugman a "giant pampered clown" so who can say if its good or bad

mark s, Friday, 11 September 2020 13:27 (one week ago) link

the krugman tweet was pretty bad

jaymc, Friday, 11 September 2020 13:46 (one week ago) link

I'm trying to prune who I'm following down to stable adults without checks or strong political opinions. bird watchers, etc

naked and sexually active alien (rip van wanko), Friday, 11 September 2020 14:58 (one week ago) link

i try to follow only insane people

lag∞n, Friday, 11 September 2020 15:52 (one week ago) link

I've found my groove on twitter. It is way less terrible when I limit my exposure to "politics" on there, to only very local people & to writers on African politics. I hate English-language "media twitter style" writing, think I also hate "I'm so wacky" stuff too, but sticking only to my most core interests (I'm not following anything about music there, ILM is sufficient), I get how twitter can be good & useful.

Joey Corona (Euler), Friday, 11 September 2020 16:00 (one week ago) link

i need to unfollow a lot of politics/sjw people and follow more gay artsy people because twitter is really making me feel like the world is ending lately, not good for my state of mind.

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, 11 September 2020 16:28 (one week ago) link

i have a couple dozen common US politics terms/names muted (e.g. "trump","democrats","republicans",etc) and don't follow anyone whose primary posting subject is politics, and i still get a decent amount of political tweets on my feed, so i have to imagine the normal twitter experience for people who don't take those measures is like drinking from a firehose

ciderpress, Friday, 11 September 2020 16:36 (one week ago) link

yeah that (xp and xxp) sound like good ideas, big mass (North American at any rate) politics talk on there is awful, but other stuff can be great!

on the other big blue social media I've hidden all the crappy politics memey #resistance & obv pro current us president crappy crap & I don't have any problem with the site anymore. like "conservatives are destroying our future" or whatever, like, duh, & there were a million of those, just have to keep hiding them, after a few admittedly tedious weeks it ended

Joey Corona (Euler), Friday, 11 September 2020 16:45 (one week ago) link

i need to unfollow a lot of politics/sjw people and follow more gay artsy people because twitter is really making me feel like the world is ending lately, not good for my state of mind.

― Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, September 11, 2020 11:28 AM (twenty-one minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

In theory you can set up lists or whatever twitter calls them and then only read specific groups of people when you feel like it. I never got into that and I have an entire second account where I almost exclusively follow musicians, artists, writers. I tend to look at it less because it’s lower volume but reading through a backlog of a week of arts/cultural tweets and filling up my reading and music backlog that way is very soothing

irn-scamp (mh), Friday, 11 September 2020 16:52 (one week ago) link

choosing not to opine publicly on the controversial netflix movie

naked and sexually active alien (rip van wanko), Friday, 11 September 2020 16:54 (one week ago) link

isn’t it great to just not have opinions on things? skipped an entire conversational thread on twitter this morning because it seemed like a lot of drama and I absolutely am not obligated to care either way

irn-scamp (mh), Friday, 11 September 2020 17:03 (one week ago) link

I find that artsy people tweet about politics just as much as politics people, just in a less informed and more depressed way

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 11 September 2020 17:06 (one week ago) link

"choosing not to opine publicly on the controversial netflix movie" my wife watched it last night specifically because everyone on twitter is so mad about it (and also none of them have watched it). dunno what she thought, I went to bed.

I'm on twitter all the time now, it's very clearly not good for my health, but then neither is ingesting 30mg of edibles a night, or speaking to my family, or walking outside, so what do I care

akm, Friday, 11 September 2020 17:13 (one week ago) link

sn’t it great to just not have opinions on things? skipped an entire conversational thread on twitter this morning because it seemed like a lot of drama and I absolutely am not obligated to care either way

Oi this my thing, copyright me, and I strongly recommend it and btw I still don't know who Jordan Peterson is but I get the feeling that's a good thing

kinder, Friday, 11 September 2020 17:28 (one week ago) link

I have three twitter accounts now, all following completely different groups of people, I have one just for following all the worst people, sometimes I go on there looking for racists to report, have had 20 or so removed now, but they probably just made new accounts. if I can't take those people, I just leave that account alone.
does this make twitter better? hm not really.

这是我的显示名称 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 11 September 2020 17:34 (one week ago) link

kinder, keep teaching us how to live

irn-scamp (mh), Friday, 11 September 2020 17:34 (one week ago) link

fix your posture

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 11 September 2020 17:42 (one week ago) link

I've had a few Politics Twitter culls to save my mental health over the years. I hate doing it b/c I am pretty politically involved but I'm also very inclined to spiral into danger if it gets too much. Although yeah, arts & music & queer folks will post about politics plenty, and they're my actual friends so I'm not gonna cut them out.

emil.y, Friday, 11 September 2020 18:18 (one week ago) link

i got a homophobic bigot wine farmer permabanned, this was the one good thing i ever done on Twitter, and it took a month of basically flagging every post they made

Neanderthal, Friday, 11 September 2020 18:53 (one week ago) link

i'm enjoying singing "I Got a Homophobic Bigot Wine Farmer Permabanned" in my best Mark Sandman voice to the tune of Buena

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 September 2020 19:03 (one week ago) link

i was hearing it in BB King's voice tbh

Neanderthal, Friday, 11 September 2020 19:07 (one week ago) link

Tom Waits also works

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 September 2020 19:09 (one week ago) link

i'm going with tindersticks guy doing pillowtalk in your ear voice

Karl Malone, Friday, 11 September 2020 19:43 (one week ago) link

followed by a trombone solo

Karl Malone, Friday, 11 September 2020 19:43 (one week ago) link

the most tasteful

Karl Malone, Friday, 11 September 2020 19:44 (one week ago) link

i'm hearing charli xcx tbr

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, 11 September 2020 19:54 (one week ago) link

Then he’s stupid https://t.co/jeYiCPfevP

— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) September 15, 2020

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:07 (three days ago) link


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