Re/Code: Big Exec Departures at Twitter.
“In general, it has been a very hard time for all top execs there, as Twitter has struggled to regain its growth among users and momentum with investors. Along with that, the company’s stock has plummeted recently to well below its offering price.”
HuffPo: A Fake Politico Reporter Is Becoming Facebook Friends With Lots Of Journalists.
Just noticed? Kinda behind the eightball, kids. You should click on a few links of your latest Twitter followers. I seem to have a lot of sexy-lookin’ women whose URLs point to unpopular Kindle ebooks. Every week, block and report for spam ... block and report for spam ... failure of the Panopticon.
Slate: How Facebook’s news feed algorithm works.
“Facebook’s news feed algorithm can be tweaked to make us happy or sad; it can expose us to new and challenging ideas or insulate us in ideological bubbles.” “Trends” seems designed to depress the hell out of me.
Macworld: #TerribleIdea - Twitter might extend the limit from 140 to 10,000 characters.
“The fact that Twitter is considering altering one of its key features shows that CEO Jack Dorsey will try anything in order to jumpstart user growth. Twitter has been struggling to gain traction and become a ‘mass market service’ against competitors like Facebook and Snapchat.”
Hmmm. Twitter, when introduced, was too short for me - and I was known for concision. I just couldn’t wrangle my thoughts consistently into 140 characters. So I ignored the service at first, thinking my dislike would be repeated elsewhere. And all my traffic went bye-bye, over to Twitter. Good bloggers began posting one-liners, instead of wonderful detailed posts. The A-listers were of an age to start building families, and their available blogging time disappeared. Twitter was their answer, to ‘keep their hand in’.
Will this step do anything for Twitter? I suspect it will make Twitter a pastiche. The only reason I peek in, is to pick up on breaking news. Otherwise, I’m just echoing my updates here for those who use Twitter as their aggregator. I think longer posts, without an overall design overhaul, will just end up in hostage-ransom-note territory.
But I’ve been (demonstrably, above) wrong before.
I neglected to remark on the demise of Zite, one of my fave news apps.
They shut the virtual doors on December 7. I already feel the lack - Flipboard is NOT a suitable replacement. Flipboard took my import, and is now feeding me photography links (one of my Zite ‘interests’) from 2004. I could cry. There went a morning’s coffee/tea enjoyment.
Fun History Pinterest ...
WaPo: Study confirms that ending your texts with a period is terrible.
Excuse the French ... f_ck this. I’ll be insincere and heartless. I enjoy punctuation. Get over yourselves already, kids.
TechDirt: Can You Defame Someone By Directly Quoting Them? New York Court Says You Can.
Fellow bloggers, read.
Only one “Adele” article today. Amazing how fast they fade.
Meantime, the consistent Taylor Swift appears with a bird ... she seems to do something social-media-wise about every three days.
I find the manipulation (or not) of social media fascinating ...
Medium: #SlackDown - A lesson in brand interaction.
Great lesson in crisis-as-opportunity.
Macworld: Google to offer deep links to Facebook content inside its search app.
Might be a good time to make sure your posts in Facebook are properly marked either ‘Friends’ or ... ‘Public’.
TechDirt: Instead Of Fashionably Killing The Comment Section, Medium Quietly Tries Giving A Damn.
“A recent paper published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication found that all it took to improve civility was someone with the vaguest semblance of authority showing up and treating people like actual human beings. Treat comment sections like unmanageable troll playgrounds, and that’s generally what they’ll become. And they’ve only become that because many editors and authors either don’t want to see corrections to their stories made quite so visible, or they’re too myopic to see the public’s role in the fluid conversation that is modern news.”
The Atlantic: ‘This Is Really Bad for Independent Creators’.
Dazed: Aussie model furious at lack of likes on Instagram photo.
The really truly sad aspect is, this isn’t The Onion. Social recognition, a new ‘right’?
Metafilter: The Decay of Twitter.
Takes more skill and time to lie in images. Hate in text is but the investment of a few seconds.
There are many other factors that challenged weblogs and webloggers; but Twitter attracted many, and the willing trade of page-long posts for snarky one-liners is something I still mourn today.
Mashable: Twitch viewers are totally smitten with Bob Ross, ‘Joy of Painting’.
When we were kids, I suppose we thought of his show as visual Valium. Or drug-free Sominex. How stressed out would you have to be, to sit through a whole episode without nodding off?
Webdesigner Depot: Adobe releases award-winning Slate app for the web.
In the midst of our power outage last evening ... [On Medium] ...
Trolling through various websites over a cell-only connection, nothing was giving me any joy. EXCEPT. Perhaps not so astonishingly, Medium rendered both images and text almost instantly. Reading material! Turns out Medium is very good company when infrastructure collapses. Who knew?
Macworld: Facebook just made all public posts searchable.
... and the personal odometer ticks over to 56.
My ‘sixes’ have usually been good years. 36 I was in the most fabulous shape of my life. 46, I was pretty close. 56 will be a bit more work, given the back and occasional knee issues. “Youth, be vigilant” - those bumps, breaks and bruises you rack up in your 20s come back to haunt you later in life ...
If postings seem thin, I’m answering folks’ B-day wishes on Facebook. I’ve always been a firm believer in the practice of answering such wishes individually. If someone takes the time, it’s the least I can do in repayment.
LA Review of Books: Are You Out of Your Mind?
“Do you think you have what it takes to make it through this entire review? Though it’s not long, it will require patience. And though it will be interesting, it will require concentration. It deals with important topics — technology, craftsmanship, philosophy, psychology — and big questions ...” Love it when someone challenges us. Most important read o’ the week.
WDDepot: Medium 2.0 launches with great features, and dreadful branding.
Re/Code: Twitter Plans to Go Beyond Its 140-Character Limit.
Less one-line snark in our lives. I think that chalks up as a Martha Stewart “good thing”.