After 20 years of research, it seems we are still innovating on the worst blogging platform front.
“I have a kickball game today”
Twitter is the first time I noticed being generation-gapped in computing. Every time I dip back into it, I feel better about being old and out of touch.
That’s how old people have always felt.
Snapchat holds that title for me…
This (1/n) thing enrages me. And I am a very easygoing kinda guy.
Next up: blogging through Instagrammed pictures of post-it notes.
You know that people actually do instagram images of text, right?
It doesn’t seem that weird to me; I treat it sorta like IRC. It’s very common on IRC that someone explains something over 10 IRC messages and then if someone else wants to see the explanation, you link them to a timestamp in the channel log. Yeah, it’d be better to write it up properly, but often they don’t get around to it. And at the time, it’s often more interesting to the commenter to make a series of comments into a discourse like IRC (or Twitter) where you have a built-in immediate audience and a kind of informal feel, instead of writing up an essay and posting it somewhere.
IRC is at least a single stream that everyone’s looking at. This just seems like a sign saying “please choose any one sentence of my essay and make an out-of-context stream based on it, thanks!”. Why would I want to encourage people to branch off a separate conversation attached to a single 140-character snippet of something that’s going to take me 1400 characters to say? [edit: and get off my lawn!]
As a heavy Twitter user, I do hear these objections frequently and they’re valid. The 140-character format has benefits for both writers and readers, although they aren’t things everybody wants nor are they suited to all types of communication. The context issue is not that big a deal once you get used to using threading properly, and remembering to check for context before responding to anything. I feel like being sure of context, in particular, is a good habit to be in for life in general and I appreciate that Twitter culture makes people explicitly aware of the need for it.
Interesting comparison. Maybe because I use a browser and poll the site instead of using the TweetBlaster app, I don’t consider Twitter real time.
Well at least it’s properly threaded nowadays.
Twitter was supposed to give the ability for “long-tweets” (first 140 chars shows up , but possibility to expand) in a tweet, but they haven’t released the feature yet. Will they ever?
At least they link related tweets together in a chain now, letting you read through them. It was infuriating back when they didn’t.
I’d bet more that couples were sending love notes to each other if Instagramming text.
“The NSA is not made of magic” is basically the XKCD wrench comic in tweet form.
Despite how much was leaked from Snowden’s stuff we still didn’t get a “NSA actually has a supercomputer that can do amazing prime factoring”-style report.
This basically confirms my suspicion that the NSA has a lot of manpower, but in the end doesn’t have many better ways to break encryption than the Rest Of Us.
Though good ol' social engineering + wiretaps will get you a long way in life (plus an unlimited budget of course), it’s not magic.