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

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

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

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

I'm an addict.

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

So much hate for Twitter. So much.

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

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

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

There was this thread, by the way:

twittervision

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

dats it

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

TWITTER: I don't get it

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

CIO/KIU: using ilx like twitter

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

http://www.soup.io/

IT'S THE NEW TEEVEE

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

yeah I still think it is all weird and gross

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

"the microblogosphere"

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

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

as usual

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 00:50 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

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

SMS is a fucking trilobite technology

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

Seriously someone FedEx me a fucking medal already.

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

ON IPHONE

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

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

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

Guess who just got back today

Bully King and Chips (Bananaman Begins), Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:23 (three days ago) link

Them wild-eyed boys that had been away

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:25 (three days ago) link

At least we'll finally be rid of that fucking "Eric Alper" bot. That alone makes it all worth it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:25 (three days ago) link

lol

sault bae (voodoo chili), Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:27 (three days ago) link

maybe i can get a friend to text me the song line by line at 20 minute intervals for the rest of my life

sault bae (voodoo chili), Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:28 (three days ago) link

Haven't changed, had much to say

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:29 (three days ago) link

but man, i still think them cats are crazy!

sault bae (voodoo chili), Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:33 (three days ago) link

if the boys are really back in town they can afford to spread some cash around imo (pay the fees for repeat tweeting)

mark s, Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:40 (three days ago) link

they can also pay for the africa by toto bot

mark s, Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:40 (three days ago) link

Ugh going to miss this account too

Customer: NEVER FORGET
DMV: BENGAZI ATTACK

Verdict: DENIED pic.twitter.com/4ssmfCpKQQ

— ca-dmv-bot (@ca_dmv_bot) February 2, 2023

JoeStork, Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:43 (three days ago) link

I know, that’s a classic.

Customer: NICK NAME
DMV: CONEJO=RABBIT BUT IS VULGAR SLANG FOR MEANING PUSSY OR CUNT

Verdict: ACCEPTED pic.twitter.com/ZbeevFPsh8

— ca-dmv-bot (@ca_dmv_bot) February 2, 2023

here you go, muttonchops Yaz (gyac), Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:45 (three days ago) link

although this bot will stop running on the 9th, we can all take solace in the fact that the boys will always be back in town. i will miss this bot and all of you who have followed it over the years. 💗 https://t.co/gW42eLNaNQ

— the boys are back (@intownagain) February 2, 2023

sault bae (voodoo chili), Thursday, 2 February 2023 21:00 (three days ago) link

I mean, she was steaming

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Thursday, 2 February 2023 21:04 (three days ago) link

Get your knickers down

a mix between aphex twin and nirvana with the swagger of count basie (Matt #2), Thursday, 2 February 2023 21:08 (three days ago) link

no

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Thursday, 2 February 2023 21:16 (three days ago) link

if that lagoon quote doesn't make the buzzfeed article than we have nothing left

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:10 (two days ago) link

DMV bot's over on Mastodon...

ca_dmv_✧✧✧@bot✧✧✧.sp✧✧✧

(As are a lot of other bots natively, from what I can tell.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:13 (two days ago) link

Bah

ca_dmv_bot @ botsin.space

Ned Raggett, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:13 (two days ago) link

if that lagoon quote doesn't make the buzzfeed article than we have nothing left

― Karl Malone, Thursday, February 2, 2023 7:10 PM (twenty minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Good news!

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katienotopoulos/twitter-bot-api-changes-killing-fun

Some bots are just pleasant and surprising additions to your timeline. [lag∞n] of Vermont runs @_restaurant_bot (random photos of restaurants from Google Maps), @_weather_bot_ (current weather conditions from randomized places around the world), @everygoodfella (screenshots of every second of the movie Goodfellas), and a few others. He also doesn’t plan on paying and is considering moving them all to Mastodon.

“It's over,” he told BuzzFeed News. “Bots are maybe the best part about Twitter! I follow a ton of them, they're cool and weird, and I will miss them. Fuck Elon, I never liked that guy.”

jaymc, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:34 (two days ago) link

lagoon, of the Vermont lagoons

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 3 February 2023 01:37 (two days ago) link

yessssssssss
lol

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:44 (two days ago) link

Elon Musk, hero of assholes

Just ~$100/month for API access with ID verification will clean things up greatly.

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:45 (two days ago) link

fuck elon i never liked that guy

lag∞n, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:46 (two days ago) link

good quote, for real lagoon. expresses something that is true that maybe some readers haven't thought of and has a funny ending

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:48 (two days ago) link

if i can do some small part of inspiring someone to fly a drone into elons head it will all be worthwhile

lag∞n, Friday, 3 February 2023 01:53 (two days ago) link

i volunteer as tribute

Clay, Friday, 3 February 2023 02:05 (two days ago) link

godspeed

lag∞n, Friday, 3 February 2023 02:06 (two days ago) link

did he…kill api because somebody told him he might be sexting a dude pic.twitter.com/LRUBjSgRH8

— kilgore trout, death to putiner (@KT_So_It_Goes) February 3, 2023

serious question to regular twitter posters: where is the tipping point for you where supporting team elon becomes more unpleasant than having this free service
― POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Thursday, January 19, 2023

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Friday, 3 February 2023 04:05 (two days ago) link

have you purged twitter from your soul forks are you truly cleansed

lag∞n, Friday, 3 February 2023 04:16 (two days ago) link

forks, have you tried tipping more?

, Friday, 3 February 2023 13:00 (two days ago) link

I tipped out thanks

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Friday, 3 February 2023 13:03 (two days ago) link

i have 3 or 4 bots posting generative art and the worst part of moving them to mastodon will be asking someone to approve 4 botsin.space accounts

(actually the twitter server that posts for me has been failing to do so 3 days out of ever 4 lately so this will improve things)

koogs, Friday, 3 February 2023 17:08 (two days ago) link

What

Twitter is reportedly emailing businesses offering gold check mark verification for $1000 PER MONTH!

And affiliate account verification for $50 each per month pic.twitter.com/hohTPKLKdi

— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 3, 2023

Ned Raggett, Friday, 3 February 2023 20:16 (two days ago) link

good luck twitter

lag∞n, Friday, 3 February 2023 20:19 (two days ago) link

i like the way they're elevating the voices of everyone with money

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 February 2023 20:25 (two days ago) link

Even the bots who remain will be wealthy bots! It’s a fantastic vision

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 February 2023 20:31 (two days ago) link

twitter's going to end up like that metaverse party where only crypto millionaires were invited

koogs, Friday, 3 February 2023 20:50 (two days ago) link

Around 2004 I remember getting great spam emails from a guy named Tweet Boosting, glad to see he's finally made it big.

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Friday, 3 February 2023 20:55 (two days ago) link

Dr. Tweet BooSting, esq.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Friday, 3 February 2023 22:12 (two days ago) link

This is like that Facebook Gold jape.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 3 February 2023 22:26 (two days ago) link

Even the bots who remain will be wealthy bots! It’s a fantastic vision.

https://theinfosphere.org/images/8/82/Hedonism_Bot.jpg

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 3 February 2023 22:41 (two days ago) link

it funny twitter thinks anyone is going to pay for any of this shit no one needs to be on there its for degenerates only its not a place of honor

lag∞n, Friday, 3 February 2023 23:12 (two days ago) link

they should just go straight to "for $10K a month you will get 10K guaranteed non bot views"

which will be performed by the hardcore twitter employees of course

scanner darkly, Friday, 3 February 2023 23:16 (two days ago) link

Lag00n https://gist.github.com/shobotch/5160017

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 4 February 2023 16:04 (yesterday) link

hmm

lag∞n, Saturday, 4 February 2023 16:41 (yesterday) link

I'm not convinced that yanking the auth is sufficient to keep them from noticing it's not the twitter client, but running all the app requests through a proxy and investigating if they're doing any header/metadata tricks would make it harder to track imo

mh, Saturday, 4 February 2023 17:25 (yesterday) link

Also those are from 7 years ago

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 4 February 2023 17:36 (yesterday) link

yeah they've been cycled since then (and some of those clients no longer exist), but the keys are out there. actual bots (as in spam bots) use the official creds. https://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/65647.html. if you want a bot you can have a bot.

that said, why bother at this point.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 5 February 2023 00:22 (eleven hours ago) link

extremely true

excellent point. imagine Chinese spy balloon-gate with an actual fully functioning twitter

instead im getting bits and pieces and have to mostly rely on going to actual news websites (gasp)

what a disappointment https://t.co/PB2vKVDxIJ

— rat king 🐀 (@MikeIsaac) February 4, 2023

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 5 February 2023 00:24 (eleven hours ago) link


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