Dear Twitter

The “Recent Tweets” feature ought not suggest to me tweets I have already hearted. You are suggesting it because you think I will like it. Which is true because I already did. kthxbai, Ezra

Lying to Big Data

The reaction people have towards social media companies is to lie. This amuses me because self-reporting is well known as the worst data. The data scientists expect people to lie.[1] Which is why they ignore what you say about yourself and focus on your behavior. So, you need to start having intentionally deceptive behavior. The… Continue reading Lying to Big Data

Buffer Feature Requests

Dual Window LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+ have significantly different character number restrictions than Twitter. Naturally, Twitter limits posts to their notorious 140 characters. LinkedIn allows 700, and Google+ / Facebook allow about five¬†thousand. I like to post things with a quote from the articles I share that captures what I found most interesting about it.… Continue reading Buffer Feature Requests

TED Talk: Don’t like clickbait? Don’t click

Fake clickbait like The Onion is good. ALWAYS click on The Onion. I don’t care if you dislike their fake news stories. I enjoy them. ūüôā The algorithms choose¬†which stories we see. If you dislike what you see, then you need to change what you click. My Facebook feed? It is chock full of science,… Continue reading TED Talk: Don’t like clickbait? Don’t click

IFTTT Twitter Triggers

Because of Twitter’s impending API terms changes (how third parties can access their service), third parties like If-This-Then-That are dropping Twitter. Ugh. I only had two¬†recipes¬†using Twitter. Post any tweets I tag #ln to LinkedIn. I don’t even think I triggered it once. Copy my tweets to Dropbox. I deleted both, but decided I needed… Continue reading IFTTT Twitter Triggers

Twexports

Data portability is good both for users and systems. But I like being able to export my data for another reason: search. Some times I want to build on an old conversation. It would be easier with an¬†eidetic memory. Lacking that, knowing the terms I would have used, searching for it should yield that conversation.… Continue reading Twexports

Posterous Acquisition

So many of my favorite sites languished then died because another company bought them. The Posterous acquistion by Twitter therefore is not good news. I would not place Posterous as my favorite blog platform. Given in a couple years it will be dead, I guess it never will be.

Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is my primary interaction with Twitter. Managing two¬†Twitter accounts would be annoying via the web (two browsers given Prism is dead). At times I do accidentally post under the wrong one. Though I think the solution to that might be not having two blue profile icons. It is not Tweetdeck’s fault I fail to… Continue reading Tweetdeck