… spending time on Twitter isn’t doing something about the bad stuff.

Sara Winge

I agree with this, for the most part. Any new personal Twitter account(s) from me will be focused, restricted, and have nothing to do with my efforts to improve the world.

Reminder to self re: the web;

  • it is more than ok to have a social profile and not post to it for extended periods of time;
  • you don’t owe anybody any part of your life;
  • if you care about the work, it is vital to create hard limits between it and your personal space.

When a service restricted to the USA does not include this piece of information on their website, I lose all interest and think worse of the people involved.

Of course I decided to stay away from Twitter. Of course I did.

(reason for the conclusion: it’s just fucking horrible, no matter what the worthwhile people post on there)

I forgot how scummy Spotify tend to be. Maybe I’ll just drop streaming music altogether.

I know I’m getting old and all that but I definitely miss how neatly the non-streaming world fits with my desire to keep my use of the Internet firmly in check.

You know you’ve listened to a lot of The Talk Show when you see a SodaStream and wonder just how different your life could be with fizzy water at the ready. Thanks, @gruber, I guess.

Never Ending Saga Of The Stupid Conundrum

(I’m getting this bullshit out of my system.)

Potential Twitter set-up:

  • Tiny follow list, mostly read in a RSS reader via Feedbin’s brilliant integration.
  • Everything else followed via lists, with the Pinned Lists feature in the first-party app.

As far as settings go, that depends on how the above works out. If I end up following a larger group of people than intended (for example, if the pinned lists and RSS integration don’t work well, as I’m sure Twitter would prefer) there will be no retweets in my timeline, I’ll constantly keep the chronological option switched on, and will maintain a significant list of filters.

I love third-party apps but am convinced they’re not long for this world. Honestly, even with this specific set-up the whole point is to make it easier to stay away from the empty-headed, addictive use of a platform that is designed specifically to inspire that behaviour. As such, I’ll have time limits in place, which is a big part of my life anyway what with having more than one job and actual responsibilities with actual consequences if they aren’t fulfilled.

Oh, and if you’re reading this and follow me over there please don’t be offended if I don’t [pound-sign]FollowBack. That’s just now I use these things and that is unlikely to ever change.

OK. Let’s see if that has flushed this nonsense from my mind, at least in its current state of heistant wreckage.

I suppose this is a stupid question but: has the pinned list feature been made available for third parties?

(Practical version: One of the difficult things about using Twitter, with tweaked settings and all, is using the official app because that pinned list feature is great.)

I can confirm that, yes, Ricky Gervais has always been a miserable, horrible little shit.


Micro.blog is amazing because it encourages actual replies with actual words!

Also me:

single emoji replies to everything

Solving the Conundrum

Lately I continue to think about my social network conundrum.

I have wittled down my indecision to just Twitter. It’s easy enough for me to draw the line with regard to personal use of the other big social networks, at least for now.

All that’s left at this point is to weigh the effort of maintaining a non-terrible experience against losing the good people who are exclusive to that platform. Even with RSS, awesome smaller networks like that of Micro.blog, and newsletters the fact remains that a number of people are fun to follow blogging-wise and they do so exclusively on Twitter.

This is an issue I would like to resolve, at least for the foreseeable future. To some extent it is a waste of my time, a distraction, and not the good kind. This is exactly what I am determined to avoid as much as possible.

Anyway. Blogging about blogging. I’m super fucking original that way.

Facebook used a popular, ostensibly teen-oriented magazine as a tool to lie about the soul-destroying work it does.

How fucking low does this shit-show of an organisation have to sink before you people will stop using Instagram?

If your blogs aren’t freely accessible via feeds and your podcasts aren’t freely accessibly via feeds, then they aren’t blogs and they aren’t podcasts.

Should a first-time watch of the US Office start from season 2? I’ve heard that season 1 attempted to recreate the original and that just doesn’t sound good to me at all. 📺

(Note: I’m usually a stickler for watching a whole show from the start.)

Learning just how inconsistent the experience is when it comes to posting an image to Micro.blog on iPhone.

I’m starting to think the part of me that adores albums and binge-listening to discographies will always be at odds with streaming music. 😔