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

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

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

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 15:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm an addict.

Allen, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 15:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

Lie Bot, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

So much hate for Twitter. So much.

J0hn D., Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

There was this thread, by the way:


Alba, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

dats it

elan, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

TWITTER: I don't get it

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

CIO/KIU: using ilx like twitter

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 05:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink


El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 06:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah I still think it is all weird and gross

El Tomboto, Thursday, 31 July 2008 06:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

"the microblogosphere"

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 31 July 2008 08:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

as usual

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 00:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

Alba, Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

El Tomboto, Thursday, 14 August 2008 09:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink


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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

Alba, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

SMS is a fucking trilobite technology

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Thursday, 14 August 2008 15:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

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

Seriously someone FedEx me a fucking medal already.

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

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink


Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 21:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 23:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

how do you even know tho??

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:39 (two months ago) Permalink

just when u go to their profile to look at all their tweets and the follows you badge isnt there, tho some ppl prob use an app which is psychotic

lag∞n, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:41 (two months ago) Permalink

sometimes its a blessing tho when you notice a mutual unfollowed you cause you wanted to unfollow them but were too polite

lag∞n, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:41 (two months ago) Permalink

pretty sure there's at least one third party site/app that takes a snapshot of your followers on either an interval or when you check it, and says "this person added, these people left"

pretty insane

mh, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:42 (two months ago) Permalink

I use muting like a timeout. Tweetbot can do 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, forever. Say @brokentoothfacebluewhat won’t shut up about daylight saving time, I mute them for a week. Especially if I generally like them otherwise.

Jeff, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

daylight savings time is an important topic tho

lag∞n, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:50 (two months ago) Permalink

some ppl are bad at discussing it properly

mh, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

its important to engage with voices across the ideological spectrum

lag∞n, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:54 (two months ago) Permalink

what if they have the exact same views as me but say them real bad

mh, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:55 (two months ago) Permalink

wld recommend a soft block

lag∞n, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Ironically one of the best phrases to mute is "echo chamber"

Of course, on twitter dot com this would be responded to with:

irONICallY oNE of ThE BESt phRaSEs to muTE is 'EChO cHAmbER',w_680/fl_lossy,pg_1,q_auto/bujewhyvyyg08gjksyqh/spongebob

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Friday, 9 February 2018 20:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Haha that's a classic response

I wouldn't see it tho

scrüt (wins), Friday, 9 February 2018 20:10 (two months ago) Permalink

tfw your owned

lag∞n, Friday, 9 February 2018 20:10 (two months ago) Permalink

kind of fun, just watching tweets

mh, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:57 (two months ago) Permalink

whenever ppl unfollow me im all it mustve been the constant stream of bad tweets, on a side note with twitter being so algorithmic and showing so many tweets from ppl you dont follow and so forth i wonder if it affects the feed differently to mute or unfollow, soft block is always also an option too less likely to get caught than the straight unfollow but if you are oh boy, u can try to blame the unfollow bug i guess but idk if ppl are still falling for that

― lag∞n, Friday, February 9, 2018 2:37 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

a former co-worker of mine who i'm p friendly with (we aren't direct friends but share a lot of friends and always chat when we see each other) likes my tweets but doesn't follow me. absolutely psychotic

flopson, Monday, 12 February 2018 23:45 (two months ago) Permalink

lol i just googled soft block, that's genius

flopson, Monday, 12 February 2018 23:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I wanna create a thread called #GifHistory. Send a gif that you want to know the backstory to and we'll try to find the original video.

First up:

— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 9, 2018
― mookieproof, Friday, February 9, 2018 7:04 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is the most useful thing i've seen on twitter in years

― maura, Friday, February 9, 2018 7:16 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

isnt this just from knowyourmeme

just sayin, Monday, 12 February 2018 23:59 (two months ago) Permalink

like i’m gonna page through that whole site even if it were

maura, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:16 (two months ago) Permalink

They’ve banned Strange Animals and Round Boys - presumably on the basis that they were both posting copyrighted photos of wildlife. If that’s something they’re going to crack down on properly, they’re going to have their work cut out.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:47 (two months ago) Permalink

pretty much every gif and meme is technically violating copyright, so

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I PLEDGE TO WORK FOR FREE for any school to help secure the children. I am a 29 year retired veteran, Infantry Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Ranger with combat experience. I have a conceal carry, Primary and Alternate side arms, an AR-15, and all necessary tactical gear

xyzzzz__, Monday, 26 February 2018 22:00 (one month ago) Permalink

My favourite meme since 'I have taken poison' man

xyzzzz__, Monday, 26 February 2018 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

It's the prequel to Marine Todd.

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Monday, 26 February 2018 22:14 (one month ago) Permalink

As part of our ongoing effort to streamline our apps and provide a more consistent and up-to-date Twitter experience across platforms, we are no longer supporting the Twitter for Mac app.

On Friday February 16, we announced through @TwitterSupport that the app is no longer available for download, and starting March 16th will no longer be supported.

But, not to worry, for the full Twitter experience on your Mac, visit Twitter on web.


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 21:31 (one month ago) Permalink

cool cool

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 21:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Even though it's crazy outdated, I still use the Twitter Mac app

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Same, but you've heard they're pulling the plug on that one right?

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

tfw you've been killfiled

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:23 (one month ago) Permalink

without apps a mac is basically an expensive chromebook

reverse-periscoping (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:28 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

You had a good go at it..thanks for your input

— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) March 14, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:07 (one month ago) Permalink

lmao what

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:13 (one month ago) Permalink

it's a perfect eulogy really. get the impression that he was the kind of guy who would probably describe his life's work in the same way and be pretty content with that.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:15 (one month ago) Permalink

she's a scientologist who is upset that his brief history of time did not include mention of ancient aliens

piper at the gates of d'awwww (voodoo chili), Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:35 (one month ago) Permalink

[To the tune of Eleanor Rigby]

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) March 27, 2018

map, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 04:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I still never got over eating an apple the wrong way.

Jeff, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

um dolly parton followed me

map, Friday, 30 March 2018 02:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink


NBA YoungBoy named Rocky Raccoon (m bison), Friday, 30 March 2018 02:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

keith olbermann owned me on here the other day and i've never been so embarassed and no i won't link the tweet. but to be fair he was clearly name searching himself on there because i didn't name tag, follow him, or reply to him in any way.

global tetrahedron, Friday, 30 March 2018 03:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

to be fair i will find this tweet

NBA YoungBoy named Rocky Raccoon (m bison), Friday, 30 March 2018 03:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

follow @msjeanrhys u won't be disappointed

map, Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

For all the ways in which the Imposter Buster saga is unique, it’s also symptomatic of larger issues that have long bedeviled Twitter: abuse, the weaponizing of anonymity, bot wars, and slow-motion decision making by the people running a real-time platform. These problems have only intensified since Donald Trump became president and chose Twitter as his primary mouthpiece. The platform is now the world’s principal venue for politics and outrage, culture and conversation–the home for both #MAGA and #MeToo.

This status has helped improve the company’s fortunes. Daily usage is up a healthy 12% year over year, and Twitter reported its first-ever quarterly profit in February, capping a 12-month period during which its stock doubled. Although the company still seems unlikely ever to match Facebook’s scale and profitability, it’s not in danger of failing. The occasional cries from financial analysts for CEO Jack Dorsey to sell Twitter or from critics for him to shut it down look more and more out of step.

maura, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 13:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink


flopson, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 22:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Jeff, Friday, 6 April 2018 18:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is magnificent.

Lol just got blocked by Benjamin Butterworth for asking why he keeps pretending he's never done anything before

— al (@acarapd) April 12, 2018

For context this is the dude who scammed his way on to the Young Labour Ethnic Minority board by arguing his father had dated a black woman and wrote this classic op-ed.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Thursday, 12 April 2018 21:49 (one week ago) Permalink

what a bizarre thread. he just does it again and again, with all manner of different things

Louis Jägermeister (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 12 April 2018 22:11 (one week ago) Permalink


flopson, Thursday, 12 April 2018 22:14 (one week ago) Permalink

he's clearly playing the long game

, Thursday, 12 April 2018 22:19 (one week ago) Permalink

i want to start cataloging the immediate post-viral tweets like "holy shit i didn't know this would blow up / here's a link to my patreon / tip jar etc"

marcos, Sunday, 22 April 2018 23:57 (yesterday) Permalink

feel like there is a good market segment we could capture. sign up now at

you get a pattern, identity protection service enrollment, and a brand manager (it’s lagoon)

mh, Monday, 23 April 2018 03:59 (twenty-two seconds ago) Permalink

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