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

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

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

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

I'm an addict.

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

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

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

So much hate for Twitter. So much.

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

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

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

There was this thread, by the way:


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

dats it

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

TWITTER: I don't get it

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

CIO/KIU: using ilx like twitter

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

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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 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 (eleven years ago) link


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

yeah I still think it is all weird and gross

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

"the microblogosphere"

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

as usual

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


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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven years ago) link

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

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


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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven years ago) link

SMS is a fucking trilobite technology

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

Seriously someone FedEx me a fucking medal already.

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


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

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

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

i have accidentally blocked ppl on twitter -- i would just proceed as if i didn't know about the block. if someone has a major problem w you (unlikely) they are going to have to do more to excommunicate you from the community than block you (perhaps by accident) on a social media platform.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 9 August 2019 19:38 (two months ago) link

twitter is so bad for my brain. esp since i mostly follow politics/journalism ppl. to do that every morning first thing and for most of the day compulsively is so unhealthy. at least when i used to click on this site compulsively it was in service of seeing what wise old souls thought about chart-neglected neil young albums or whatever. now it's just seeing the President and being poisoned by images of him and people talking about his shit. why. whyyyyyyy

dell (del), Friday, 9 August 2019 19:57 (two months ago) link

this is why i endorse deleting your account

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 9 August 2019 19:58 (two months ago) link

I've been clean since november

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 9 August 2019 20:01 (two months ago) link

Embedded ILX tweets are all the Twitter I need.

pomenitul, Friday, 9 August 2019 20:02 (two months ago) link

but FOMO!! every day i wake up hoping the leader dies.

dell (del), Friday, 9 August 2019 20:03 (two months ago) link

you will not MO so need to maintain a FO it -- if he dies, you will hear the ringing of song from sea to shining sea

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 9 August 2019 20:10 (two months ago) link

heh, one would hope

when i've been on vacation and did twitter fasts of sorts i know that I felt markedly mentally healthier. but then when i came back after a day or two the habit hit hard. it's bad!

dell (del), Friday, 9 August 2019 20:23 (two months ago) link

politics/journalism twitter is the worst twitter

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:12 (two months ago) link

I follow political twitter too, have considered just limiting my feed to film, music, fiction, science, food and local journalism

Dan S, Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:16 (two months ago) link

it does feel particularly toxic to read the infighting. it's like, everything sucks so hard right now for obv reasons but following ppl who follow that stuff and who are super-invested in it just gets super painful after a while. you can even see some of them self-censoring themselves or whatever. ashley feinberg, etc. man it makes me glad i didn't go to journalism school? i mean at this point i think everything in life, the world, is going to end seriously horrible and badly, but at least i won't have a byline.

dell (del), Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:25 (two months ago) link

i haven’t looked at twitter directly in almost four years. i have missed nothing

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 10 August 2019 03:52 (two months ago) link

brad there's hoooooggggs

j., Saturday, 10 August 2019 03:55 (two months ago) link

feel like we may have reached some limit with the

no one:

someone: i like buttz


mookieproof, Saturday, 10 August 2019 04:06 (two months ago) link

i should probably unfollow everyone except Sam Neill

JoeStork, Saturday, 10 August 2019 05:40 (two months ago) link

max 2-5 hogs per day on Sam Neill's feed

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 10 August 2019 05:57 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Uh how long do suspensions last?? I, TOTALLY JOKINGLY, told David Cross to eat shit and die (seriously it was a joke, and any human reading my tweet could see it was) and my acct has been suspended since 9/2.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 20:48 (three weeks ago) link

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:52 (two weeks ago) link

you prob need to make a new account Granny

flopson, Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:10 (two weeks ago) link

k thanks. but it warned me not to lol. I actually deleted the app and am trying to not go back to it.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:23 (two weeks ago) link

lol mookie

reminds me of Trump yesterday saying "this it the worst witch hunt in history". seems he forgot about, y'know, *the actual witch hunts*

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

deleting twitter is never not a good idea

Poody Mae Bubblebutt, Miss Kumquat of 1947 (rushomancy), Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:56 (two weeks ago) link

if i'd deleted twitter i would not right now be in a twitter fight with chuck e. cheese

mark s, Friday, 27 September 2019 19:21 (two weeks ago) link

well then!

alomar lines, Friday, 27 September 2019 19:26 (two weeks ago) link

i can defeat him

mark s, Friday, 27 September 2019 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

he's just an overgrown animatronic mouse

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 27 September 2019 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

he shd stay in his lane imo

mark s, Friday, 27 September 2019 19:36 (two weeks ago) link


flappy bird, Monday, 30 September 2019 04:42 (two weeks ago) link

the cheese entertainment mouse ended his tweet with a full stop, an acknowledgment of defeat in any language

mark s, Monday, 30 September 2019 13:13 (two weeks ago) link

Hail, Mark S. Cheese!

jmm, Monday, 30 September 2019 13:17 (two weeks ago) link

Is there really no way to see further back than the last few hundred tweets on the timeline? I only go there once every few weeks, and I end up running out of things to read in 20 minutes. Is there some workaround, other than just randomly clicking on specific individuals I follow?

Dan I., Tuesday, 1 October 2019 21:17 (one week ago) link

farther? I dunno

Dan I., Tuesday, 1 October 2019 21:18 (one week ago) link

use bookmarks

lag∞n, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 21:33 (one week ago) link

print them out and read them on the train, then add them to binder at the end of each week

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 23:11 (one week ago) link

add some ranch, bake at 350 for 30 mins, and voila, a crowd-pleasing app

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 23:14 (one week ago) link

it's gonna take more than ranch dressing to make twitter a crowd-pleasing app

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 23:15 (one week ago) link

Mmm, ranch app.

Dan I., Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:56 (one week ago) link

Just felt that frisson of excitement when I determined, for reasons unknown to me, jeopardy champion arthur chu has me blocked! Am I on a blocklist? Did I say something about him and don't recall it? Either way, this is a good development

mh, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:22 (one week ago) link

ya he's got a huge block list, i've been blocked by him for years

flopson, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:42 (one week ago) link

I'm still bummed that Emily Nussbaum blocked me a few months ago. I think it's because I replied to something she retweeted and didn't untag her, and my reply got a bunch of likes. Seems weird to block someone because of that, but I don't what else it could be.

jaymc, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 18:05 (one week ago) link

that is definitely weird!

mh, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 18:36 (one week ago) link

maybe there’s a list where you can auto-block all former jeopardy contestants

mh, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 18:37 (one week ago) link

jaymc is right there, dude

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:14 (one week ago) link


mh, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:11 (one week ago) link


jaymc, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:15 (one week ago) link

Tom Scharpling blocked me like six years ago. I was replying to one of his digs at something with what (I thought) was a clearly tongue in cheek response. Apparently it wasn't which, whatever, but I was sort of amazed that he blocked me within 30 seconds. It still stings when I see the official Best Show account retweet something I can't read, since I'm still a big fan of him.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 21:22 (one week ago) link

just dropping by to note that nickelback officially has more self-respect than twitter at this point

Calpico Girlfriend (rushomancy), Thursday, 3 October 2019 23:33 (one week ago) link

got a tweet that’s doin numbers thx to a m@tt h RT

flopson, Friday, 4 October 2019 19:11 (one week ago) link

ilxors have great reach

flopson, Friday, 4 October 2019 19:13 (one week ago) link

i appreciate that someone shows pity on my worst tweets but who is ka11en 1aw

mookieproof, Saturday, 12 October 2019 03:14 (two days ago) link

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