Thursday, March 15, 2018

F. U.Twitter

Twitter can be very useful. While I don't tweet, and my Twitter skills are minimal, I do did follow about 90 people or organisations. Three were journalists, a few people interested in public transport and a couple of people who I know. The rest just people of interest, but not impelling so.

Twitter used to list tweets in chronological order of them being posted. I don't know how it done now, but it can be impossible to find a specific tweet. Let me explain.

For those I was most interested in, their tweet would become a text message to my phone. Then Twitter extended the length of tweets from 140 characters to 280. Consequently I was rarely seeing the full message when it came as an sms and so had to go to my Twitter account or app to find it if I wanted to read more. Unlike Facebook, there doesn't seem to any way to order tweets chronologically.

Invariably to find it I would have to go to the person's profile who I follow who tweeted by scrolling through the list of 90 I follow and then find the message in the list of their tweets, which I also don't think is in chronological order, but usually I could find it there.

I am sick of this very tiresome business, meant in two ways. I don't want to miss what certain people tweet, so I am not leaving Twitter but I have culled my list of 90 down to 14. By only following 14, I hope to be able to easily find the tweet I am interested in. In fact by only following 14, I might even have time to use Twitter properly, rather than relying on text messages of tweets

I lose, you lose if you were one of 76 I used to follow and Twitter loses. Was it really a good idea of Twitter to make this change?

Hmm. I just noticed Public Transport Users Association occasional spokesperson and long time blogger Daniel Bowen has become famous enough to get a verification tick for his account, meaning it is the real Daniel Bowen and not a fake Daniel Bowen. It might be amusing to read the tweets of a fake Daniel Bowen.

34 comments:

  1. No twitter here. I don't know how you keep up with all the threads of information coming your way. Colour me awed.

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    1. Count me awestruck also.

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    2. I am quite selective about who and what I follow. Just because I followed 90 does mean I read everything.

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  2. I check my twitter every morning but that's about it.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, I didn't even know. Sorry, but not adding you.

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  3. I'm completely with you on this one Andrew. I do not want Twitter telling me a fake order of how things happened. I want to see my newsfeed in chronological order.

    One of the things I think gets confusing is when someone retweets a thing. Then I see the time it was originally posted, not what time it was retweeted, and that can throw me off and make me think things are out of order when they might not really be.

    I bookmark instagram profiles as well, it is just easier for me to follow that way. :)

    I bookmark the profiles of people I want to read the tweets of and regularly visit their profile page rather than try to follow the twitter newsfeed lately. :)

    On Facebook I use an extension called FB purity which allows me to see my newsfeed in chronological order and I do not have to keep switching it from top stories to most recent. It has a lot of other nifty features as well, but that is my favourite one.

    I don't have any social media things on my phone at all. I prefer to be free in the mind when out in the world. :) The important people have my Kakao talk contact if they need to reach me, or they can SMS me. It sounds weird but that is how I roll. And I did not like all the little profile pictures popping up on my phone when people messaged me, it freaked me out.

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    1. Snoskred, not a bad idea to bookmark tweeters you follow. Thanks for the FB tip. I don't know Kakao but I assume it is like Whatsapp. The latest phone update for my new phone, that happened yesterday, was urging me to send my profile with text messages. I freaked out at the fern leaf beside my sent messages. But apparently the receiver doesn't see it and I googled to make sure my profile was switched off.

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  4. Anonymous1:14 pm

    That man is listed as the real Donald Trump. Author Stephen King thinks otherwise..'It's not the news that's fake, it's the president.' Words of wisdom. - Ian

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    1. Ian, oh that the Tweeter Trump was fake.

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  5. Have Twitter, post a photo once in a while, follow are few news and an odd person that's about it.
    I find Twitter go for breaking news.

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    1. Margaret, yes Twitter is very good for breaking news, especially emergency situations.

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  6. Seems to me an excellent reason to sty away from Twitter altogether. I wonder if the extra characters are because the orange trumpet has so much to say? he seems to tweet a lot, just like all the other (real) birds out there.

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    1. River, I wonder if that is a reason. He has many followers, but I have never been one of them. It is odd way for a President to govern.

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    2. govern? Is that what you call it? pffft.

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  7. Haven't got involved with twitter I an flat out keeping up with bigger, Facebook, instagram and 350 project.

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    1. Diane, I had to look up 350 project. Sounds good.

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  8. I don't tweet. I leave that to the birds. They're better at it than I am. :)

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    1. Lee, do they squawk better than you too?

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    2. I would say so, Andrew...because I don't squawk. So it's a no brainer!

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  9. Yikes Andrew, never even knew you were on Twitter, but sounds like it won't matter now anyway. (lol) I follow lots of people and the other way around, and it's true. I miss a lot of info because I may not see everything unless I literally sit there for hours. Still, once a day, I can usually find something pretty neat. Hugs...and great topic! RO

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    1. RO, you are quite right, follow me or not makes no difference. Now, by following so few, I am not missing things.

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  10. I have a twitter account, but rarely check it and it is even rarer that I post. I didn't even know they upped the character count allowed. I can't keep up with everything so I too limit what comes at me.

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    1. Strayer, it has almost become like a blog. I think it being short and snappy with 140 characters was better.

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  11. I'm on Twitter but not FB. I was till I got hacked and never went back on.
    The fakers are getting pretty wide spread on twitter aren't they? The first time I saw an imitation account, it really took me by surprise. It took me a minute to figure it out:)

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    1. Sandra, this Twitter hacking sounds serious. I wonder how it is done. I have to approve anyone to follow me, so perhaps that makes it safer. Imitation accounts can be fun.

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  12. Never been on Twitter, I have enough to occupy me, don't want to spend any more time in front of a computer or mobile screen.

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    1. Sami, fortunately it is something you can do rather quickly and just not bother with it at all if you don't have time. I do get you point about too much time at the screens. Guilty!!

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  13. Trump is on twitter and proclaims his thoughts to the whole world. That's a reason I would never tweet ! I prefer to listen to the birds !!

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    1. Gattina, that he governs via Twitter is more than just a worry.

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  14. Am under a lot of work pressure to start tweeting as part of my job. Apparently its a good way to communicate science and promote one's research. I honestly can't be bothered.

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    1. Ad Rad, hmmm. I can understand why but I don't think there should be any pressure. It is for some people, not everyone.

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  15. I hope I made the list, Andrew, but if not, that's ok too. I have a love hate relationship with Twitter. In my job, it's pretty essential at times, but other times, it's just full of a load of crap. My tweets are private so I can avoid all the spam, and so I can be invisible to a batshit crazy internet stalker I've had for the last decade.

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    1. James, I don't think you did and I don't recall reading any of your tweets as they did come directly to my phone as an sms. Quite some time ago I gave up looking at Twitter itself. It is fascinating and interesting, but I just don't have the time and the non chronological order drove me mad. I might just add you back after looking at what you tweet :-)

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