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I deleted 40,000 tweets last week. Here's why (and how).
Kris Shaffer: "[A]s I think about being deliberate about public digital identity, and as I teach that to my digital studies students, I realize the need to pull some weeds, so to speak. Yes, I want to be more deliberate about what I post, don't post, keep, delete, retweet, etc. But I also want to make it so if someone searched for something from me, they'd be more likely to find my good stuff."
twitter  onlineidentity  socialmedia 
january 2019 by warnick
The Follower Factory
Great in-depth piece in the NY Times: "Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses and anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence online. Drawing on an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, each sold many times over, the company has provided customers with more than 200 million Twitter followers, a New York Times investigation found."
nytimes  socialmedia  twitter  facebook  instagram  trust  bots 
january 2019 by warnick
Forgive fast, block even faster (and other rules)
"There's always more to the story. You probably don't know the full context of whatever you're reading or watching."
discourse  onlinecommunities  socialmedia  facebook  twitter  guidelines 
january 2019 by warnick
The High School We Can’t Log Off From
Jennifer Senior, in the NY Times: "Twitter is a dark reservoir of hatred, home to the diseased national id. It turns us into our worst selves — dehumanizing us, deranging us, keying us up, beating us down, turning us into shrieking outrage monkeys hellbent on the innocents of Oz. It uncomplicates complicated discussion; stealth-curates our news; hijacks our dopamine systems, carrying us off on a devil’s quest for ever more dime bags of retweets and likes."
twitter  socialmedia  psychology  discourse 
august 2018 by warnick
Twitter Made Everything a Joke
Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings, in the NY Times: "A Twitter habit, like any other internet addiction, is an endless dopamine loop. Your brain doesn’t have a satiety signal for social media updates; it just wants you to check your screen again and again for new content until you die."
nytimes  twitter  humor  comedy  kenjennings  socialmedia 
july 2018 by warnick
Finding our Twitter voice
Slack's Anna Pickard: "As we’ve grown, the number of mentions has exploded from a couple dozen to hundreds (sometimes thousands) every day. But we’ve still tried to maintain the same tone, whoever is tweeting. It’s the place that the Slack voice is the most playful, but it’s also high pressure — which makes it a tricky one to scale."
twitter  contentstrategy  slack  mediumdotcom  socialmedia 
february 2017 by warnick
I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators
Lindy West, in the Guardian: "Twitter, for the past five years, has been a machine where I put in unpaid work and tension headaches come out."
twitter  digitalself  lindywest  socialmedia  trolling 
january 2017 by warnick
Breaking Up With Twitter
Farhad Manjoo on post-election Twitter exiles: "[I]t wouldn’t be much of a surprise if this moment turns out to be the peak for Twitter. After the election, a handful of Twitter loyalists confessed to feeling alienation over the role the service played in their lives, and the country, this year."
twitter  nytimes  socialmedia  digitalself 
november 2016 by warnick
Perfectly Practical Tips for Using Twitter
Liz Covart and Joseph Adelman: "From our conversations, we have realized that most of the guides to using Twitter focus primarily in generating a follower base and otherwise building an audience. That’s worthwhile, of course, but it means that there is room for something that discusses how to craft an individual tweet, including how to use links, hashtags, and other tools in tweets."
twitter  socialmedia  digitalself 
september 2016 by warnick
What I learned analyzing 7 months of Donald Trump's tweets
Some interesting text analysis, by Zachary Crockett: "After filtering out retweets, quotes from other people, and article titles, I ended up with a list of 2,500 tweets. That's 44,231 words, or 263,624 characters, of unadulterated Trumpisms. Here’s what I found."
donaldtrump  digitalhumanities  textmining  socialmedia  twitter 
july 2016 by warnick
How to Build a Twitter Following — and Why You Should
Rob Jenkins, in the Chronicle's Vitae: "[This column is] for people like me: midcareer faculty members who are not digital natives and who are naturally a bit intimidated by — and perhaps even suspicious of — technology. (I finally caved and bought a smartphone last month.) If you’re in that category, and you’ve been wondering lately if maybe you should try using social-media sites like Twitter to increase your impact on your field, not to mention the wider world, the answer is that you should, and you can. Here’s how."
twitter  socialmedia  digitalself 
july 2016 by warnick
Twitter’s missing manual
Incredibly detailed post by Eevee: "It looks like a dead-simple service, but those humble 140 characters have been crammed full of features over the years, and the ways they interact aren’t always obvious. There are rules, and the rules generally make sense once you know them, but it’s also really easy to overlook them. Here, then, is a list of all the non-obvious things about Twitter that I know."
twitter  tutorial  manuals  socialmedia  documentation 
july 2016 by warnick
Hedonometer
Interesting text mining project to measure collective happiness levels, as expressed on Twitter: "Our hedonometer is based on people’s online expressions, capitalizing on data-rich social media, and we’re measuring how people present themselves to the outside world. For our first version of hedonometer.org, we’re using Twitter as a source but in principle we can expand to any data source in any language."
dataviz  textmining  twitter  digitalhumanities  happiness 
july 2016 by warnick
How to Make a Bot That Isn't Racist
Sarah Jeong, writing for Motherboard: "A day after Microsoft launched its 'AI teen girl Twitter chatbot,' Twitter taught her to be racist. Really, really racist. The thing is, this was all very much preventable."
ai  bots  microsoft  twitter  racism  internetculture  dariuskazemi 
march 2016 by warnick
Paul Ford reminds us that using Twitter is like moving into a free hotel
"There is one problem which you think they’d solve, which is that anyone can walk into anyone else’s room and scream at them. I know you’re thinking, 'just lock the doors,' but there aren’t any locks and they are apparently very expensive to install. Management says they’re working on it."
paulford  twitter  advertising  socialmedia  algorithms 
february 2016 by warnick
How the online hate mob set its sights on me
Jon Ronson wrote a book about public shaming, which, OF COURSE, turned him into a target of public shaming. Love this metaphor: "I remembered a time I was on a beach in Scotland and a flock of terns singled me out. They circled above me for a while, and then began to dive bomb, pecking at my head."
jonronson  shaming  socialmedia  twitter  onlinecommunities  internetculture 
december 2015 by warnick
We didn’t ❤ the fire
Great take by Collin Brooke on Twitter's decision to replace stars with hearts: "A significant part of Twitter’s success has been predicated on its openness and the relative immediacy of the content we find there. While changing the star to a heart has no necessary, functional impact on the platform itself, it does change our (affective) relationship to it. If users worry about whether RTs imply endorsement, the choice over whether or not to ❤ something raises a whole new set of questions."
twitter  socialmedia  ux  ui  3844  interrogatingtheinterface 
november 2015 by warnick
Five Steps To Build Your Own Random Non-Sequitur Twitter Bot
Nice set of instructions by Lauren Orsini: "[F]or beginning coders like me, this project is a great way to dip your toe into Python and Ruby while sharpening your Git skills—and at the end, get a hilarious little bot for your troubles."
programming  twitter  bots  tutorial  digitalhumanities 
november 2015 by warnick
TACIT: Text Analysis, Collection, and Interpretation Tool
Interesting new text-mining toolkit from the University of Southern California. I'm especially intrigued by the promise of automated text collection from Twitter and Reddit.
textmining  digitalhumanities  digitalrhetoric  linguistics  twitter  reddit 
november 2015 by warnick
Check Your Followers
"See how many of a Twitter account's followers are inactive or bots."
twitter 
september 2015 by warnick
Would the Real Startup L. Jackson Please Stand Up
Josh Dickson uncovers the owner of a popular pseudonymous Twitter account, but decides not to reveal his identity. Love this conclusion: "Not all truths belong on the internet."
identity  pseudonyms  anonymity  internetculture  twitter  startup 
september 2015 by warnick
This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere
MIT Technology Review: "Many a controversy has raged on social media platforms such as Twitter. Some last for weeks or months, others blow themselves in an afternoon. And yet most go unnoticed by most people. That would change if there was a reliable way of spotting controversies in the Twitterstream in real time. That could happen thanks to the work of Kiran Garimella and pals at Aalto University in Finland."
mit  twitter  bigdata  dataviz  socialmedia  argumentation  onlinecommunities  discourse 
august 2015 by warnick
Why Twitter is terrible
James Poulos, in The Week: "Business critics say Twitter is falling because the suits don't know what do to with the service. In reality, it's failing because our social mobs know just what to do with it. Twitter is getting worse because it helps us argue — and believe — that everyone else is getting worse."
theweek  twitter  socialmedia  internetculture  hate  discourse 
june 2015 by warnick
Twitter Jokes and the Philosophical Origins of Humor
Gene Buonaccorsi, in the Atlantic: "As people continue to develop a sort of collective literacy of the tweet as a narrative form, Twitter’s uses and styles are evolving into an entirely new dialect. Except maybe it’s not entirely new. While the platform has created new subtextual categories for communicating, Twitter often showcases classic philosophical theories of humor in action. In other words, the platform is new but the narrative structure is ancient."
twitter  humor  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
They Feel "Blessed"
Jessica Bennett on the #blessed trend: "There’s nothing quite like invoking holiness as a way to brag about your life. But calling something “blessed” has become the go-to term for those who want to boast about an accomplishment while pretending to be humble, fish for a compliment, acknowledge a success (without sounding too conceited), or purposely elicit envy."
twitter  socialmedia  hashtag  religion  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Hashtags considered #harmful
Daniel Victor: "I believe hashtags are aesthetically damaging. I believe a tweet free of hashtags is more pleasing to the eye, more easily consumed, and thus more likely to be retweeted (which is a proven way of growing your audience). I believe for every person who stumbles upon your tweet via hashtag, you’re likely turning off many more who are put off by hashtag overuse. We need not banish the hashtag, but let’s start putting more thought into when we’re using it."
twitter  hashtag  socialmedia  internetculture  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Poetweet
Poetry generator that assembles your tweets into sonnets, rondels, or indrisos. It even gets the rhyme scheme right (sometimes).
twitter  poetry  generator  webapp 
february 2015 by warnick
Twitter CEO admits that the service is terrible at dealing with trolls
The Verge obtains a leaked memo by Dick Costolo: "We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years. It's no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day."
twitter  internetculture  trolling  discourse  digitalrhetoric 
february 2015 by warnick
Why These Tweets Are Called My Back
Shaadi Devereaux, in the New Inquiry: "We are Toxic Twitter. The unnamed women frothing at the mouth in our underground internet lair who emerge only during the full moon of each news cycle to drink the blood of your favorite white feminists. Whenever you hear the refrain 'Twitter is going to get you!' from the mouths of everyone from Oprah to CNN pundits, we are who they are referring to. We are bad for your career. We are bad for brands. We say good things, but watch out or we’ll swallow you whole."
twitter  socialmedia  feminism  activism  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
Writing A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Story On Twitter
Terence Eden's behind-the-scenes explanation of his very cool interactive fiction experiment—including 23 different Twitter accounts.
twitter  fiction 
january 2015 by warnick
A Teenager’s View on Social Media
Interesting personal take on social media from a student at the University of Texas: "This article will not use any studies, data, sources, etc. This is because you can easily get that from any other technology news website and analyze from there. I’m here to provide a different view based off of my life in this 'highly coveted' age bracket. That being said, I'm not an expert at this by a long shot and I'm sure there will be data that disproves some of the points I make, but this is just what I've noticed."
mediumdotcom  socialmedia  millennials  twitter  facebook  instagram  snapchat  tumblr  yikyak  3844 
january 2015 by warnick
Does Retweeting Praise Make You a Monster?
Adam Sternbergh explores the unwritten etiquette rules of Twitter.
vulture  socialmedia  twitter  etiquette 
january 2015 by warnick
A mile wide, an inch deep
Ev Williams explains why most web metrics are meaningless: "At Medium, we don’t really want anyone’s time. We want to create a platform that enables people to make an impression on others. To make them think. To change their minds. To teach them something or connect emotionally. It’s hard to measure any of that."
medium  evwilliams  twitter  instagram  facebook  metrics  webdesign 
january 2015 by warnick
72 Hours of #Gamergate
Andy Baio shows how text mining techniques can be used to track and visualize social media data: "Three days later, I was sitting on 316,669 tweets, along with a bunch of metadata for trying to understand the composition of both sides of the #Gamergate movement."
andybaio  twitter  gamergate  textmining  dataviz  digitalhumanities 
november 2014 by warnick
If you don’t like algorithmic filters, you’re probably not going to like the future of Twitter
Matthew Ingram: "The ironic thing about Twitter is that even though many (including me) complain about the difficulty of plowing through all those tweets and finding the signal, we very much want to be the ones doing the filtering, rather than having it done by a faceless algorithm. The whole point of having a social network in the first place is that the people you choose to follow are the algorithm. Flawed, perhaps, but human, and therefore somehow wonderfully unpredictable."
gigaom  matthewingram  twitter  algorithms 
november 2014 by warnick
Twitter Emoji
Twitter open sources its nice collection of emoji.
twitter  emoji  icons  opensource  free 
november 2014 by warnick
Tutorial: Twitter Bots
Helpful instructions by Jeff Thompson: "Creating Twitter bots, automated text-generators that spew spam, poetry, and other things, can be a bit of a confusing process. This tutorial will hopefully get you through the tough bits and make bot-building possible!"
twitter  bots  tutorial  python 
october 2014 by warnick
Block Together
"An app intended to help cope with harassers and abusers on Twitter."
twitter  socialmedia  blocking  harassment 
october 2014 by warnick
Study shows students find personal tweets from professors makes them more credible
"120 students were split into three groups and all were sent 22 tweets with hyperlinks that were purportedly sent by a professor; one group was sent tweets that were considered all business, or scholarly, another group received tweets that were all of a personal or social nature, while the third group received tweets that were a mix of the two. After receiving the tweets, the students were then asked to rate the degree of credibility they ascribed to the faux professor. Johnson reports that the group that received the social or personal tweets rated the professor as having the highest credibility of the three groups."
twitter  socialmedia  edtech  ethos 
october 2014 by warnick
IFTTT recipe for harvesting tweets with a specific hashtag
I need to compare this to Martin Hawksey's TAGS sometime.
twitter  data  methods  research 
october 2014 by warnick
Trouble at the Koolaid Point
An incredibly depressing reminder about what the internet looks like today, by Kathy Sierra: "The time from troll-has-an-idea to troll-mobilizes-brutal-assault has shrunk from weeks to minutes. Twitter, for all its good, is a hate amplifier. Twitter boosts signal power with head-snapping speed and strength. Today, Twitter (and this isn’t a complaint about Twitter, it’s about what Twitter enables) is the troll’s best weapon for attacking you."
kathysierra  twitter  harassment  sexism  trolling  internetculture  feminism 
october 2014 by warnick
Ditching Twitter
Erin Kissane on the state of Twitter: "None of us are angry about everything, or even most things, but in the whole slimy pond of troubles there is something to injure every one of us in a particular and personal way that makes us turn to the stream and yell this is bullshit. And each shout makes the water rise a little higher, because how can you not respond to your friends when they’re in pain? Add in the flood of information and emotion from something like Ferguson (or war crimes or an epidemic) and there we all are, gradually drowning."
erinkissane  twitter  negativity  digitalrhetoric  internetculture 
september 2014 by warnick
Twitter Will Crack Down on Trolls After Robin Williams' Daughter Was Bullied Off Network
I agree with Shirley Li: "It's a step in the right direction, but Twitter's policies may not be enough to stem the flow of trolls that abuse users across the board. The abuse doesn't just take the form of inappropriate or mean comments—trolls will create account after account, so the victim has to repeatedly block them. It's not a minor nuisance—it's harassment."
twitter  robinwilliams  bullying  harassment  digitalrhetoric 
september 2014 by warnick
Big Internet
Nicholas Carr identifies the cause of a blogging renaissance: "By Big Internet, I mean the platform- and plantation-based internet, the one centered around giants like Google and Facebook and Twitter and Amazon and Apple. Maybe these companies were insurgents at one point, but now they’re fat and bland and obsessed with expanding or defending their empires. They’ve become the Henry VIIIs of the web. And it’s starting to feel a little gross to be in their presence."
nicholascarr  blogging  socialmedia  twitter  facebook  rss  personalweb 
september 2014 by warnick
From the Porch to the Street
Frank Chimero perfectly captures my recent frustrations with Twitter: "My feed (full of people I admire) is mostly just a loud, stupid, sad place. Basically: a mirror to the world we made that I don’t want to look into. The common way to refute my complaint is to say that I’m following the wrong people. I think I’m following the right people, I’m just seeing the worst side of them while they’re stuck in an inhospitable environment. It’s exasperating to be stuck in a stream."
twitter  frankchimero  onlinecommunities  socialnetworking 
august 2014 by warnick
Can an Algorithm Solve Twitter's Credibility Problem?
Adrian Chen reviews Tweetcred, a “real-time, web-based system to assess credibility of content on Twitter.”
adrianchen  newyorker  twitter  credibility  algorithms 
july 2014 by warnick
Twitter is not dying. It’s on the cusp of getting much bigger.
Will Oremus makes an important distinction between Facebook and Twitter: "Twitter is not a social network. Not primarily, anyway. It’s better described as a social media platform, with the emphasis on 'media platform.' And media platforms should not be judged by the same metrics as social networks."
slate  twitter  socialmedia  3844 
may 2014 by warnick
A Eulogy for Twitter
Adrienne LaFrance and Robinson Meyer, in the Atlantic: "The publishing platform that carried us into the mobile Internet age is receding. Its influence on publishing will remain, but the platform's place in Internet culture is changing in a way that feels irreversible and echoes the tradition of AIM and pre-2005 blogging."
twitter  socialmedia  atlanticmonthly 
may 2014 by warnick
Twitter I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
Quinn Norton: "Twitter has been my new front door to the net for a couple of years, and like every doorway before it it, it has done wonderful things in my life. It has also given me ways to contribute to a larger discourse. It will also tear me apart like wolves happening upon an injured kid if I let down my guard for an instant. It tolerates no mistakes, attacks without warning, and likes to harry its prey."
quinnnorton  internetculture  twitter  socialmedia 
march 2014 by warnick
Twitter begins giving researchers access to its data
"Today we’re introducing a pilot project we’re calling Twitter Data Grants, through which we’ll give a handful of research institutions access to our public and historical data." That's a good start, but I wish it were more than a "handful of research institutions."
twitter  research  data  socialmedia 
march 2014 by warnick
it’s history, not a viral feed
Amen to this: "Feeds like @HistoryinPics make it impossible for anyone interested in a picture to find out more about it, to better understand what it is showing, and to assess its accuracy. As a teacher and as someone who works in a cultural heritage institution, I am deeply invested in the value of studying the past and of recognizing that the past is never neutral or transparent."
history  twitter  attribution  copyright 
january 2014 by warnick
The botmaker who sees through the Internet
Interesting profile of Darius Kazemi in the Boston Globe: "Chances are you haven’t heard of Kazemi. But over the past two years, he has emerged as one of the most closely watched and pioneering figures at the intersection of technology, cultural commentary, and what feels to many like a new kind of Web-native art."
bostonglobe  twitter  bots  socialmedia  ianbogost 
january 2014 by warnick
Conference Season Is Here. Don’t Stink at Twitter.
Some helpful tips for conference tweeting from Menachem Wecker.
chronicle  twitter  socialmedia  conferences  etiquette 
january 2014 by warnick
Narcissists’ New Need: More Twitter Followers
Research in Computers in Human Behavior: “[N]arcissistic college students prefer to post content on Twitter, while narcissistic adults prefer to post content on Facebook.”
socialmedia  facebook  twitter  narcissism  digitalself  research 
january 2014 by warnick
Ten Tips for Tweeting at Conferences
Brian Croxall: "I’ve found Twitter to be a tremendous boon to developing my professional networks and helping me stay on top of what’s happening in my fields of scholarship. But there’s one place where where Twitter perhaps ends up being more valuable for me than other place: at conferences."
briancroxall  profhacker  twitter 
january 2014 by warnick
Justine Sacco and the tweet heard around the world
Matthew Ingram: "Perhaps she should have lost her job, but what about the death threats and horrible comments left on her Instagram and Facebook pages? At what point does the behavior of those responding to the offence become more offensive than the original comment, or at least out of proportion to it?"
justinesacco  casestudy  socialmedia  twitter  onlinecommunities  mobs 
december 2013 by warnick
Justine Sacco And The Self-Inflicted Perils Of Twitter
Jeff Bercovici, in Forbes: "Justine Sacco was not the first person to get herself fired for saying something stupid on Twitter. She won’t be the last. Every medium and technology ever invented carries its own perils, but there’s something about social media in general and Twitter in particular that invites and rewards self-damaging behavior."
forbes  justinesacco  socialmedia  twitter  onlinecommunities  mobs  casestudy 
december 2013 by warnick
Is the Internet a Mob Without Consequence?
Nick Bilton provides the answer: yes. "[T]he people who threatened to rape and murder Ms. Sacco, who attacked her family and friends, aren’t held in contempt or fired from their jobs."
justinesacco  twitter  onlinecommunities  mobs  nickbilton  nytimes  casestudy 
december 2013 by warnick
Ten Points About Speech, Ducks, And Flights To Africa
Ken White makes some good points about Duck Dynasty and Justine Sacco: "The bad judgment of the PR executive does not diminish the deplorable behavior of the voyeurs, and the deplorable behavior of the voyeurs does not diminish the very bad judgment of the PR executive."
justinesacco  duckdynasty  twitter  discourse  onlinecommunities  freespeech  casestudy 
december 2013 by warnick
Twitter at its worst
Alan Jacobs: "[T]he intellectual agenda of some of the brightest people on Twitter is, often for several days, established and directed by some of the most dim-witted ones."
twitter  socialmedia  alanjacobs 
december 2013 by warnick
How subtweets are ruining Twitter
Edward Champion, in Salon: "The subtweet is Twitter’s answer to passive-aggression, which remains the great cancer of American discourse. Once you peel away the derisive snub, the subtweet ultimately reveals that the person not being explicitly referenced really matters. But isn’t there more power in completely ignoring a toxic person? Or trying to reach that person through sustained civil engagement? Instead of empowering the subtweeter, the subtweet gives power to the unnamed."
salon  twitter  subtweet  discourse  internetculture  onlinecommunities 
december 2013 by warnick
What Online Communities Can Learn From Twitter's 'Block' Blunder
Derek Powazek, in Wired: "Things worked out in the end, this time. But these are my takeaways for what companies need to consider and do differently in future — especially when changing features that affect user safety."
derekpowazek  wiredmagazine  twitter  blocking  onlinecommunities  communitymanagement 
december 2013 by warnick
The Hidden Technology That Makes Twitter Huge
Paul Ford *really* knows how to write about technology for a general audience: "It’s tempting to view tweeting as silly and trivial, and Twitter itself as overhyped and overvalued. But there’s some sophisticated, supple, and even revolutionary technology at work. Appreciating Twitter’s machinery is key to understanding how an idea so simple changed the way millions of people advertise their existences to the world."
twitter  businessweek  paulford  writing  technology  interrogatingtheinterface 
december 2013 by warnick
The Rise of Twitter Bots
Rob Dubbin, creator of @RealHumanPraise and other bots, explains some of the hows and whys behind programming Twitter bots.
newyorker  twitter  bots  programming 
november 2013 by warnick
Inside a Twitter Robot Factory
The Wall Street Journal covers one of Twitter's uglier sides: "Today, he says he manages 10,000 robots for roughly 50 clients, who pay Mr. Vidmar to make them appear more popular and influential."
twitter  bots  socialmedia  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
JPMorgan Shows Exactly How To Not Use Twitter
A great collection of tweets that tells the story of the #AskJPM debacle on Twitter. Big lesson: not every company can use social media in the same way.
twitter  bizcomm  casestudy  socialmedia  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
Twitter as a machine for book invention
Austin Kleon: "[F]or some of us, Twitter is where we first get our thoughts down. Twitter is our public notebook, the place where we think out loud, let other people think back at us, then hopefully think some more."
austinkleon  twitter  writing  process  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
Here's How Twitter Can Track You on All of Your Devices
Josh Harkinson explains why Twitter might be the greatest threat to online privacy: "Many of its 200 million users tweet from all of their devices—laptops, desktops, smartphones, iPads etc. That means Twitter has what only a handful of other tech titans possess: a digital Rosetta Stone that enables it to know who you are, wherever you are."
twitter  privacy  onlineidentity  advertising  motherjones  3844  digitalself 
october 2013 by warnick
Twitter Bios and What They Really Say
NY Times: "The Twitter bio is a postmodern art form, an opportunity in 160 characters or fewer to cleverly synopsize one’s professional and personal accomplishments, along with a carefully edited non sequitur or two. It lets the famous and the anonymous, athletes and accountants, surreal Dadaists and suburban dads alike demonstrate that they are special snowflakes with Wes Anderson-worthy quirks."
nytimes  twitter  socialmedia  onlineidentity  digitalself  3844  4814 
october 2013 by warnick
The complete history of Twitter as told through tortured descriptions of it in the New York Times
Matt Phillips: "I’ve culled some of the many thousands of times Twitter has appeared in the New York Times, from its first year in 2006 to the wall-to-wall coverage that accompanied its announcement of a planned IPO last month. Along the way, Times wordsmiths grappled with exactly how to explain an entirely new form of media to the American populace."
twitter  quartz  nytimes  socialmedia  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
Most Influential Emotions on Social Networks Revealed
MIT Technology Review on a recent Chinese study of sentiment analysis on Twitter: "[T]he results clearly show that anger is more influential than other emotions such as joy or sadness, a finding that could have significant implications for our understanding of the way information spreads through social networks."
socialmedia  twitter  research  sentimentanalysis  emotions  anger 
september 2013 by warnick
The dumbest generation? No, Twitter is making kids smarter
Clive Thompson points to Andrea Lunsford's work as proof that technology has a positive impact on today's students: "[T]echnology doesn’t just make students better writers or more fluent. Digital tools also let them communicate easily with others – their peers, their friends and the world at large. And this, it turns out, can make them even more powerfully motivated to become genuinely (and wittily) literate."
clivethompson  twitter  socialmedia  education  youth  digitalliteracies  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
The Human Behind a Favorite Spambot, Horse_eBooks
Jacob Bakkila is revealed to be the human behind @Hores_ebooks. "The idea was to perform as a machine."
nytimes  weirdtwitter  twitter  bots  performance  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
What Are Students Tweeting About Us?
Lee Skallerup Bessette's nice recap of the "My Professor" Twitter trend, plus an interview with Matt Thomas, the man behind it all.
mattthomas  leebessette  ihe  twitter  academia  3844  onlineidentity 
september 2013 by warnick
Topsy
New social media search engine. Looks interesting, but it costs big money.
socialmedia  twitter  search  digitalhumanities 
september 2013 by warnick
twXplorer
A definite improvement on Twitter's search engine: "Enter search terms to see a snapshot of related activity in the latest 500 tweets. TwXplorer will break down the most common terms, hashtags, and links for you to filter and drill down further."
twitter  search  3844  digitalhumanities 
september 2013 by warnick
Farewell to All That
Stephen Ramsay's last few tweets before he deactivated his account. "It’s time to push the button."
twitter  stephenramsay  digitalhumanities  socialmedia  quitting 
september 2013 by warnick
Twitter 'Joke Bots' Shame Human Sense of Humor
Wired.com: "Most of these bot jokes aren’t funny, but that’s the point. These cookie-cutter quips are often called 'snowclones.' They follow a specific formula that’s easy to automate and marginally funny, sometimes. In this way, the two hackers are lampooning our incredibly lame efforts to make each other laugh."
wiredmagazine  twitter  bots  humor  internetculture  3844 
august 2013 by warnick
After tweeted rape threats, Twitter promises change
In spite of the misleading headline (the article never actually mentions what Twitter is promising to do), this article points to some interesting approaches for dealing with trolling behavior on the web.
internetculture  trolling  twitter 
august 2013 by warnick
Why Twitter Parody Accounts Should Stay Anonymous
Matt Buchanan, in The New Yorker: "The primary currency of social media is fame, and it is fame that drives the authors of popular parody accounts to uncloak themselves, destroying the account in the process."
newyorker  twitter  parody  comedy  onlineidentity 
july 2013 by warnick
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