Twitter



  • Not looking too good for Twitter, sucks for the people being laid off but the management seem to be piston wristed gibbons.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/twitter-to-cut-workforce-as-revenue-growth-slows-1477566772

    A bit of background , https://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/a-honeypot-for-assholes-inside-twitters-10-year-failure-to-s?utm_term=.ddAv05vjM#.rkYZpXZDJ



  • I don't know what twitter is supposed to do about "harassment" other than provide better tools for blocking people. There is awful stuff, but a lot of what is complained about is people simply disagreeing with others. See Stephen Jones and his frequently private feed, or genuinely insane people like Sady Doyle who try to get their political foes fired from their jobs for "harassment".

    From what I have read, they have far too many employees for their size, so there should be a lot of lay-offs over the next 12 months.

    Twitter is very entertaining, if you don't expect anything deep or meaningful from it. I don't see it having much more to offer in the future. People seem to want it to go towards a Facebook, real-names only, longer posts future. Then they would be crushed by Facebook, and become very dull.



  • I came to the conclusion about 3 years ago that twitter is just plain awful and binned it. It's basically a platform for self-righteous piston wristed gibbons to crap on about views they would never disclose face to face, and to attack others from a perceived position of security. I can see why it's taken off, but it's just not good.

    Kind of like an internet chat forum. But without moderators.



  • I'm shocked. I just read a rivetting blog Frank posted saying Twitter is the future... now I don't know what to think.

    This season on Silicon Valley the opening credits showed the twitter sign with people leaping off with golden parachutes opening as they sailed off. If you haven't watch SV yet give it a whirl its fucking awesome.

    Twitter is one of those things (like instagram) people will look back on & go "hang on, I actually wasted my time reading what some fucking idiot had for breakfast? No wonder I am living on fucking welfare"



  • @gollum said in Twitter:

    Twitter is one of those things (like instagram) people will look back on & go "hang on, I actually wasted my time reading what some fucking idiot had for breakfast? No wonder I am living on fucking welfare"

    That's old twitter, before people worked out how to use it. Now it's good jokes, sick burns, and interesting news from people in your niche. 99% of it is shit, of course.



  • Twitter is awesome, I use it every day. If you use it right it is the best information-filtering device ever. If the internet is a firehose, and you just want a sip, then Twitter is the best tap.



  • @Tim said in Twitter:

    That's old twitter, before people worked out how to use it. Now it's good jokes, sick burns, and interesting news from people in your niche. 99% of it is shit, of course.

    I'm on Twitter now (recent), but purely passively, I follow a dozen comedians & a couple of other famous randoms. Agree they are great. What I don't get is who follows the "normals" who tweet? No one. No one fucking does. Hence it failing horribly. That 99% can't be carried (moneywise) by the 1%. And they (the 99%) are still tweeting their fucking breakfast.

    Number of people I know who have gone "dude! follow me on twitter!" & then been offended when I go "so I can hear that you are shocked that David Bowie died or that you had a wicked Bulletproof for elevensies? fuck off you tedious C, I'm bored talking to you 3 minutes a day in the lift, I don't need your vapid thoughts 24/7 on my fucking phone, show me ONE original tweet you've done in the last month that doesn't make me want to punch you in the ballsack"



  • @gollum said in Twitter:

    @Tim said in Twitter:

    That's old twitter, before people worked out how to use it. Now it's good jokes, sick burns, and interesting news from people in your niche. 99% of it is shit, of course.

    I'm on Twitter now (recent), but purely passively, I follow a dozen comedians & a couple of other famous randoms. Agree they are great. What I don't get is who follows the "normals" who tweet? No one. No one fucking does. Hence it failing horribly. That 99% can't be carried (moneywise) by the 1%. And they (the 99%) are still tweeting their fucking breakfast.

    Number of people I know who have gone "dude! follow me on twitter!" & then been offended when I go "so I can hear that you are shocked that David Bowie died or that you had a wicked Bulletproof for elevensies? fuck off you tedious C, I'm bored talking to you 3 minutes a day in the lift, I don't need your vapid thoughts 24/7 on my fucking phone, show me ONE original tweet you've done in the last month that doesn't make me want to punch you in the ballsack"

    Yeah I should caveat that I only follow people/things of interest, and not a single person I have on other social media, and don't even bother using my real name. I don't tweet at all. For me it's not really social media, its a media-filtering device. But it is excellent at that. And nowhere else is as up-to-date and "live" as Twitter.



  • So would it be the best place to try keep up with what the AB's are up to in Rome in a couple of weeks?



  • @gollum The only people I interact with on it are a few niche music people, journalists, and scientific experts. Otherwise it's just the weird twitter bunch, and "online" comedians like Nick Mullen and Pattymo.



  • @TeWaio It really is great if you want to get the latest news on a niche subject. It filters articles much better than google.



  • Speaking of laffs:





  • Everyone should follow Nick Mullen (formally known as Nicole Mullen when trolling Thought Catalogue) and listen to the Cum Town podcast.

    Cumtown is fucking great.

    http://shoutengine.com/CumTown/



  • @gollum said in Twitter:

    @Tim said in Twitter:

    That's old twitter, before people worked out how to use it. Now it's good jokes, sick burns, and interesting news from people in your niche. 99% of it is shit, of course.

    I'm on Twitter now (recent), but purely passively, I follow a dozen comedians & a couple of other famous randoms. Agree they are great. What I don't get is who follows the "normals" who tweet? No one. No one fucking does. Hence it failing horribly. That 99% can't be carried (moneywise) by the 1%. And they (the 99%) are still tweeting their fucking breakfast.

    Number of people I know who have gone "dude! follow me on twitter!" & then been offended when I go "so I can hear that you are shocked that David Bowie died or that you had a wicked Bulletproof for elevensies? fuck off you tedious C, I'm bored talking to you 3 minutes a day in the lift, I don't need your vapid thoughts 24/7 on my fucking phone, show me ONE original tweet you've done in the last month that doesn't make me want to punch you in the ballsack"

    You never said that, it's way more than 140 characters. #fabrication



  • @mariner4life

    I like to insult in person, I'm not going to tweet that at someone where I can't see their horrified outrage or feel the discomfort of the other people in the lift / gym / tube



  • As an author I have to have Twitter, but my relationship with it is quite love/hate. Sometimes I come across really clever jokes or pics or interesting industry articles, and online support from other authors around the globe is pretty strong. The downside is the mobs. Sometimes the mob does great work and outs a truly awful person. But more often than not, some dipshit gets the complete wrong end of the stick and starts a war that a whole lot of other dipshits join in on, they casually destroy some poor person, then move on without a backward glance. And that is sickening. Twitter is rubbish for addressing death/rape/GBH threats - I have seen tweets that literally say 'I'm going to come to your house and shoot you in the head' or 'die bitch you should be fucking gang raped' and Twitter's response to the complaint is 'does not meet our threshold for harassment'. The ability for people to be anonymous and unaccountable for their actions is a bad combination.



  • There is plenty that Twitter could do technically to reduce harassment and bot accounts, but their success is measured by growth in user numbers.

    So they are happy with stalkers creating multiple accounts and the bot accounts that make up over half of famous people's inflated follower accounts.

    Helps the stock price.

    Their staff are awful people as well, let their bias dictact how they handle certain people. Lots deserve to lose their job.

    Compare with Instagram handling their issue the other day, rolled out a new blocking tool in one day. One!



  • @Kirwan said in Twitter:

    There is plenty that Twitter could do technically to reduce harassment and bot accounts, but their success is measured by growth in user numbers.

    So they are happy with stalkers creating multiple accounts and the bot accounts that make up over half of famous people's inflated follower accounts.

    Helps the stock price.

    Their staff are awful people as well, let their bias dictact how they handle certain people. Lots deserve to lose their job.

    Compare with Instagram handling their issue the other day, rolled out a new blocking tool in one day. One!

    This. They choose not to do anything about it for the most part , fuck them.



  • Twitter is good for immediacy. I like how it filters shit down to 140 characters so you kind of have to get to the point (yes, sometimes I struggle).

    It helps quick contact, where you want to link something. Its poor for delivering buckets of content. More of a linking engine for me.

    The problem is, that's ALL it is. Where can it go? How can it grow? Adding GIFs was fun. OK. But the whole point was it basically solved the quick-contact thing straight away.

    In the world of Web2.0-API-agile-rapid-change you don't get to deliver a product that says what it does and never changes. You need to change to get attention.

    I don't see any point to Instagram, because I'm not a 20yo bikini model trying to build a brand, and am easily confused by photo filters.



  • If this is true I would like to buy the cab driver a beer.

    Then again its twitter and another celebrity[read attention whore ] .

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/85878428/lily-allen-allegedly-thrown-out-of-taxi-for-supporting-refugees



  • @jegga said in Twitter:

    If this is true I would like to buy the cab driver a beer.

    Then again its twitter and another celebrity[read attention whore ] .

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/85878428/lily-allen-allegedly-thrown-out-of-taxi-for-supporting-refugees

    That wouldn't have made her smile.



  • @MN5 said in Twitter:

    @jegga said in Twitter:

    If this is true I would like to buy the cab driver a beer.

    Then again its twitter and another celebrity[read attention whore ] .

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/85878428/lily-allen-allegedly-thrown-out-of-taxi-for-supporting-refugees

    That wouldn't have made her smile.

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  • Twitter is the only social media I follow because Farcebook and all its clones gives me the absolute screaming shits. I have zero interest in what someone's dump looks like

    However a has been mentioned I use Twitter mainly as a filter.

    It's a great way to lose half a day though as I did earlier this week on #amazingmaps. For that reason I actually seldom do twitter nowadays anyway as I have a magpie mind and its way too easy to get distracted.

    Because I am circumspect in my engagement I have not seen the bullying etc



  • @dogmeat this is apparently twitter with less fuckwits https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab_(social_network)



  • @jegga said in Twitter:

    @MN5 said in Twitter:

    @jegga said in Twitter:

    If this is true I would like to buy the cab driver a beer.

    Then again its twitter and another celebrity[read attention whore ] .

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/85878428/lily-allen-allegedly-thrown-out-of-taxi-for-supporting-refugees

    That wouldn't have made her smile.

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    Her brother is the bloke who plays Reek/Theon from GOT so any mentioning of cutting would be quite awkward if he was around.



  • @MN5 said in Twitter:

    @jegga said in Twitter:

    @MN5 said in Twitter:

    @jegga said in Twitter:

    If this is true I would like to buy the cab driver a beer.

    Then again its twitter and another celebrity[read attention whore ] .

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/85878428/lily-allen-allegedly-thrown-out-of-taxi-for-supporting-refugees

    That wouldn't have made her smile.

    alt text

    Her brother is the bloke who plays Reek/Theon from GOT so any mentioning of cutting would be quite awkward if he was around.

    She belongs on GOT seeing as she has three nipples.



  • @jegga said in Twitter:

    @MN5 said in Twitter:

    @jegga said in Twitter:

    @MN5 said in Twitter:

    @jegga said in Twitter:

    If this is true I would like to buy the cab driver a beer.

    Then again its twitter and another celebrity[read attention whore ] .

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/85878428/lily-allen-allegedly-thrown-out-of-taxi-for-supporting-refugees

    That wouldn't have made her smile.

    alt text

    Her brother is the bloke who plays Reek/Theon from GOT so any mentioning of cutting would be quite awkward if he was around.

    She belongs on GOT seeing as she has three nipples.

    I thought strange looking dipshits thinking they were hilarious was just a "Seven Days" thing.....at least that show didn't appear to have a token enormous South African minga so we can be thankful for that.



  • @rocky-rockbottom That's one of Nick Mullen's accounts (his is suspended, like his Facebook account). He hosts the very funny Cum Town podcast.

    He also did the "Nicole Mullen" articles on Thought Catalogue:

    How To Get Fucked Like An Artist

    I want to fill my pussy with bees. I want a thousand stingers pressed into my walls at the same time. I want to go into anaphylactic shock, and slip into a coma. I want the bees to set up camp in my swollen pussy. I want them to fill it with wax and cause alarm when some neighborhood kids are hospitalized after playing too close to it. I want the parents to petition city hall to do something about my problematic pussy. I want city hall to hire an exterminator. I want the exterminator to gas my pussy, and scoop out all the dead bees and honey. I want them to seal it off, and hide it from future children and future bees. I want stories of my bee pussy to become apocryphal legend. I want my pussy to be summer camp lore. Something the kids speak of before lights out, to scare each other.



  • He also did the "Nicole Mullen" articles on Thought Catalog:

    How To Get Fucked Like An Artist

    I want to fill my pussy with bees. I want a thousand stingers pressed into my walls at the same time. I want to go into anaphylactic shock, and slip into a coma. I want the bees to set up camp in my swollen pussy. I want them to fill it with wax and cause alarm when some neighborhood kids are hospitalized after playing too close to it. I want the parents to petition city hall to do something about my problematic pussy. I want city hall to hire an exterminator. I want the exterminator to gas my pussy, and scoop out all the dead bees and honey. I want them to seal it off, and hide it from future children and future bees. I want stories of my bee pussy to become apocryphal legend. I want my pussy to be summer camp lore. Something the kids speak of before lights out, to scare each other.



  • @tim said in Twitter:

    @rocky-rockbottom That's one of Nick Mullen's accounts (his is suspended, like his Facebook account). He hosts the very funny Cum Town podcast.

    He also did the "Nicole Mullen" articles on Thought Catalogue:

    How To Get Fucked Like An Artist

    I want to fill my pussy with bees. I want a thousand stingers pressed into my walls at the same time. I want to go into anaphylactic shock, and slip into a coma. I want the bees to set up camp in my swollen pussy. I want them to fill it with wax and cause alarm when some neighborhood kids are hospitalized after playing too close to it. I want the parents to petition city hall to do something about my problematic pussy. I want city hall to hire an exterminator. I want the exterminator to gas my pussy, and scoop out all the dead bees and honey. I want them to seal it off, and hide it from future children and future bees. I want stories of my bee pussy to become apocryphal legend. I want my pussy to be summer camp lore. Something the kids speak of before lights out, to scare each other.

    What the actual fuck?



  • @jegga Parody.



  • @tim said in Twitter:

    @jegga Parody.

    Yeah but what kind of person makes up shit like that?



  • Massive pumelling for twitter overnight.

    They simply haven't done enough to reduce the amount of crap traffic that flows through. Look at the replies to any celebrity / politician - they are simply full of abuse / trolling - many are deciding that it simply isn't worth it.

    It can be turned around, but twitter simply haven't done enough and this massive move is deserved.



  • @MajorRage yeah all of the replies to anyone famous are just fucking weird. Either there's a lot of complete crazies out there or a lot of bots. A bit of both no doubt.

    If you follow the right people and stay away from that side of it then it can be pretty awesome I reckon. Plenty of really good accounts.



  • I get some fucking weird shit sometimes. One of the 'perks' of writing erotic books. let's just say I'm glad of the block function.



  • I saw this on Twitter today, and I thought it merited some discussion.

    This says so much about Twitter, but also politics in general. To think that someone would be happy to lose their father because of his political persuasion is just mind-boggling.

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    But more than that, it is a prime example of the deluded Boomers that seem to be flocking to Twitter. They tweet millions of times, always frothing about the politics of the day.

    In reality, federal politics barely touches my life. It barely touches anyone's life, really. To make it an obsession, as so many of these people do, is so unhealthy and sad. I wonder if this all existed before Twitter and these bored old people just wrote letters to the editor or something, but I can't help thinking that social media has made it all worse.

    Go outside for fuck's sake, take up a hobby. When I see tweets like the above (which I do regularly) my overwhelming feeling is pity.



  • @barbarian said in Twitter:

    But more than that, it is a prime example of the deluded Boomers that seem to be flocking to Twitter. They tweet millions of times, always frothing about the politics of the day.

    In reality, federal politics barely touches my life. It barely touches anyone's life, really. To make it an obsession, as so many of these people do, is so unhealthy and sad. I wonder if this all existed before Twitter and these bored old people just wrote letters to the editor or something, but I can't help thinking that social media has made it all worse.

    Certainly made it easier and more visible. Previously you had to suspect that you were surrounded by retards, now they proudly display their ignorance and stupidity on social media.

    It's a genuine wonder that mankind has reached this level of achievement when surrounded by this level of idiocy and self importance. A clear example of Prices Law in effect.

    Go outside for fuck's sake, take up a hobby. When I see tweets like the above (which I do regularly) my overwhelming feeling is pity.

    Mine is bewilderment. A growing acceptance that as a species, we're probably in our zenith. And recognising that it may have always been that way...



  • @barbarian said in Twitter:

    I saw this on Twitter today, and I thought it merited some discussion.

    This says so much about Twitter, but also politics in general. To think that someone would be happy to lose their father because of his political persuasion is just mind-boggling.

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    But more than that, it is a prime example of the deluded Boomers that seem to be flocking to Twitter. They tweet millions of times, always frothing about the politics of the day.

    In reality, federal politics barely touches my life. It barely touches anyone's life, really. To make it an obsession, as so many of these people do, is so unhealthy and sad. I wonder if this all existed before Twitter and these bored old people just wrote letters to the editor or something, but I can't help thinking that social media has made it all worse.

    Go outside for fuck's sake, take up a hobby. When I see tweets like the above (which I do regularly) my overwhelming feeling is pity.

    I agree, there are a lot of people that seem utterly addicted to political Twitter and just live in there, becoming more and more detached from reality. I enjoy the political discussions, but it's important to remember that a lot of these political commentators overplay everything to suit their narrative. If something controversial happens on Twitter, you can bet next to nobody in real life knows or cares about it despite it appearing to be a big deal there. The political discussions on there are insanely polarized - the anonymity of people's accounts adds to that as people feel they can say whatever they want without consequences.



  • Huh, I read that differently. Not that they were exactly happy to lose their father, but just relieved the father wasn't alive to see something he would have hated. Am I missing something?


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