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

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

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

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

I'm an addict.

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

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

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

So much hate for Twitter. So much.

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

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

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

There was this thread, by the way:


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

dats it

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

TWITTER: I don't get it

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

CIO/KIU: using ilx like twitter

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


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

yeah I still think it is all weird and gross

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

"the microblogosphere"

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

as usual

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

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

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

SMS is a fucking trilobite technology

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

Seriously someone FedEx me a fucking medal already.

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


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

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

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

i totally understand that
and it remains unfunny to me

Your understanding seems to be that it’s about taking about yourself? And TMI? It’s not at all.

Je55e, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 21:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I get the meme and still havent seen a funny one. and I like memes!

k3vin k., Wednesday, 22 August 2018 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

je553 i understand it and have understood it
i just don't find it funny and would rather not discuss it further. kindly give me the benefit of the doubt for having my own informed opinion.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 22:18 (one month ago) Permalink

either you like this kind of millennial gallows humor or you don't, neither's better than the other

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 22:32 (one month ago) Permalink

#BragAboutYourGeneration is catching up with gifted children as the most annoying thing on Twitter

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 22:36 (one month ago) Permalink

I did wonder if LL was being arch about Jolene but tbh her v confusing reading of the "hurt me" joke, of which I have also not seen a version I found funny, threw me

in apology, have this answer record to Jolene (embed should start at 5:23)

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 22:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Depends who you follow I suppose.

I think this used to be the case but increasingly (maybe this is the new "algorithm"?) to be on Twitter at all is to be on all of Twitter. The whole design of the platform works aggressively against creating micro-communities in which (less chaotic, more coherent) "conversations" or encounters can take place. The supreme annoyance of Twitter is that it's a room in which all points of view and all forms of talking are taking place at once and responding to (at) each other--when in the real world for any coherent or productive kind of communication to take place you're already relying of a number of exclusions and simplifications (or reductions in complexity) of social space.

― ryan, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

However much white noise there is, it hasn't been enough to stop connection forming. In my time I do see micro-communities (via group chats and the like) that develop when a few people find each other on twitter - and I reckon many of these then transfer to the real world connections so I am not sure it works as you say.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 23 August 2018 13:26 (one month ago) Permalink

to clarify we did not meet on twitter, and at this point most people in it either don't use twitter or have it write-only. in my experience micro-communities do not form on twitter (or other social media) but are reflections of what exists in the real world already. which is what people don't understand about @ replying and why it usually isn't wanted

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 23 August 2018 13:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I am sure that much of it is a reflection of the outside world but I have seen people from different places but similar interests forming connections.

Besides, twitter allows you to restrict your notifications to see replies by mutuals only so that aspect is covered, for the most part. I see the fact that many don't do it (despite knowing of it) means that they are looking to hear others' points of view (although you often see people's patience being tested).

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 23 August 2018 14:17 (one month ago) Permalink

"hurt me" meme always reminds me of this (which i actually think is fairly funny)

Je55e, Thursday, 23 August 2018 14:50 (one month ago) Permalink

i... i... bought it

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:59 (one month ago) Permalink

availble now...
Dril Official "Mr. Ten Years" Anniversary Collection
the real deal

— wint (@dril) August 23, 2018

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Paperback: 420 pages

5th Ward Weeaboo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 23 August 2018 16:00 (one month ago) Permalink

that is so strange just yesterday I was thinking how cool it would be to just have a @dril book since Twitter archives are so clunky

frogbs, Thursday, 23 August 2018 16:09 (one month ago) Permalink

This is legitimately going to be the only way to read tweets in about six years when the site finally shuts down

Unless the Pinboard guy buys the company for $1

faculty w1fe (silby), Thursday, 23 August 2018 16:11 (one month ago) Permalink

i mentioned MSN Messenger in a tweet and there's a Michael Jackson fan who searches "MSN Messenger" and replies with a video of his monitor as he uses an MSN Messenger clone

after a few drinks tonight I suspect I will get the urge to try this out.

mark e, Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Number One! In your face Chapo!

cajunsunday, Friday, 24 August 2018 14:32 (one month ago) Permalink

no shame in being outsold by the dril book, but being outsold by David Spade's 'A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World' is another matter entirely

soref, Friday, 24 August 2018 15:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm going to buy the dril book but definitely not the chapo book (or the david spade book)

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 24 August 2018 16:32 (one month ago) Permalink


sprout god (lag∞n), Friday, 24 August 2018 21:09 (one month ago) Permalink

if i were to play Read, Gift, Burn in a Fire it would go Spade, dril, Chapo.

Spade's kind of a creep and a narcissist but he's funny imo.

a roomba of one's own (rip van wanko), Friday, 24 August 2018 21:20 (one month ago) Permalink

have one of those accounts that just seems to be in oblivious conversation with itself.

i recommend this

macropuente (map), Friday, 24 August 2018 21:59 (one month ago) Permalink

also muting things on the reg. today: mollie tibbetts

macropuente (map), Friday, 24 August 2018 22:04 (one month ago) Permalink


sprout god (lag∞n), Saturday, 1 September 2018 13:19 (one month ago) Permalink

I’m not one for muting/blocking random things that turn up in my timeline but I finally bit the bullet and muted Eddie Marsan.

suzy, Saturday, 1 September 2018 13:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Shit actor, total melt and that Sopranos knock-off he's in is utter pez!

calzino, Saturday, 1 September 2018 13:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Some of these people are a hundred times more obsessed by Corbyn than anyone they accuse of being “the cult”.

suzy, Saturday, 1 September 2018 15:38 (one month ago) Permalink

they are just as bad as them Chris Williamson/Canary/Galloway acolytes, just the other side of the coin really. Marsan is thick as pigshit, though - although he'll put "Good piece" on some long read on the evil of Corbyn in between retweeting Streeting, you can tell he doesn't really read them!

calzino, Saturday, 1 September 2018 16:10 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I am one of the few people who actually doesn't mind this feature but for the rest of the world

Uh. Muting suggest_recycled_tweet_inline and suggest_activity_tweet actually has fixed my timeline. It's all chronological and there are barely any "x and y liked" tweets.

— Emma ⭐ (@EmmaKinema) September 16, 2018

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 17 September 2018 14:54 (one month ago) Permalink

i did it

sprout god (lag∞n), Monday, 17 September 2018 21:12 (one month ago) Permalink

What a dumb site:

A bunch of crybabies mass reported my great tweet and twitter had to invent a new rule to make me delete it even though it doesn’t violate the rule lol

— Abortion Doc for the Deep State (@drnifkin) September 17, 2018

JoeStork, Monday, 17 September 2018 21:18 (one month ago) Permalink

very thoughtful of them that this rule leaves room for tweets celebrating white genocide

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 17 September 2018 21:33 (one month ago) Permalink

We are tearing ourselves apart.

Twitter is not a "dumb site". Facebook isn't a "dumb site". I've a friend who was diagnosed with PTSD because of all the shit he had to moderate for facebook: decapitations, child-pornography... It's not the sites that are dumb; it's that we've created monsters. We want to say and draw and place photos of everything from nice to vile to criminal and... expect, somehow, these platforms can moderate that. Can moderate "us". People put so much out there, online, who could possibly moderate all that?

There are 19 year olds in Manilla working for Facebook having to press either a 'keep' or 'delete' button, preferably within three to five seconds, deciding on what we can or cannot see on facebook. Can't blame them for making mistakes. We are doing this. Same with twitter. Force-feed our first world shit through a digital medium and eventually someone in the third world will deem it inappropriate. It's how rotten we are.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 17 September 2018 21:34 (one month ago) Permalink

It's dumb that they exist

5th Ward Weeaboo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 17 September 2018 21:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Also can someone find me that tweet that was like

You: Actually, Bojack is a gut-wrenching show about depression

Me: Cool

5th Ward Weeaboo (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 17 September 2018 21:40 (one month ago) Permalink

We - 'the west' - outsource our moderation to third world, non-English speaking people, is what I'm trying to say. No way can we expect the biggest online free speech platforms to actually be there for free speech or moderation when needed. We created something but have given it away to underpaid and undereducated people, exploiting them. This is the reality. xxp

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 17 September 2018 21:43 (one month ago) Permalink

LBI your argument doesn’t actually hold up, because there is no industry consensus or standard practice on outsourcing moderation work, whether to neural networks, sweatshops in developing countries, or contracted native language speakers. You are right that humans are terrible, because duh, but “the system” is not even close to being as competent as you suggest.

Paleo Weltschmerz (El Tomboto), Monday, 17 September 2018 22:34 (one month ago) Permalink

weird how they never seems to say what these opinion conservatives are afraid to express are

sprout god (lag∞n), Monday, 17 September 2018 22:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Weird how Rosen gives a completely useless interview and recode has no commentary of their own. Tech journalism is so utterly fucking useless

Paleo Weltschmerz (El Tomboto), Monday, 17 September 2018 23:27 (one month ago) Permalink

all very disappointing to hear. Rosen has seemed so incisive in his criticism of the media recently

Dan S, Monday, 17 September 2018 23:35 (one month ago) Permalink

lrb isn't arguing that the system is competent, quite the opposite actually. here's a piece from 2014 on it:

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 17 September 2018 23:54 (one month ago) Permalink

this 'woke brand' thing is pretty tiresome but this got a good laugh out of me

why are so many young people flocking to brands on social media for love, guidance, and attention? I'll tell you why. they're isolated from real communities, working service jobs they hate while barely making ends meat, and are living w/ unchecked personal/mental health problems

— Steak-umm (@steak_umm) September 26, 2018

frogbs, Thursday, 27 September 2018 13:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

has anyone else noticed far fewer "ICYMIs" and suggested tweets since the latest update? i didn't use any macros, but they've basically disappeared from my feed. which is nice.

nba jungboy (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

meat us halfway steak-umms

nashwan, Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they shd rename twitter "the sexual assault feed" not an easy read tbqh!

sprout god (lag∞n), Thursday, 27 September 2018 18:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ive been in dozens of bar fights (ask the guys I grew up with) nearly lost an eye in one and that's just one of the injuries (I have the scarred stitch marks to prove the rest) never been black out drunk but I have had to defend myself, which I am still perfectly capable of doing

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) October 2, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think i'm just gradually unfollowing everyone now.

circles, Sunday, 7 October 2018 02:23 (one week ago) Permalink

yes really

bar fights? gtfoh

Dan S, Sunday, 7 October 2018 02:40 (one week ago) Permalink

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