Since videos cannot be played on Twitter unless you are signed into an account, we can now definitively say that anybody who posts videos exclusively via their Twitter account are excluding a lot of people… and they’re not even getting paid for it.

I’ve just read a post in which somebody shortened Liverpool to ‘Pool. πŸ€”

More than ever, I value local storage.

The alternative – “the Cloud” – is lead by cowardly CEOs and fed by customers who live fear-led lives in which free is preferable to safe.

Web-based companies are dominated by the unconscionable actions of shamefully incapable assholes.

You know, for a while there I forgot about tracking pixels. It was a happier time in my life.

Naming poll:

  1. Concentration camps
  2. Concentration Camps
  3. concentration camps

Happy (early) 4th of July! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽ‰πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ₯³πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Ever since getting involved with Micro.blog I can’t stop thinking about:

  1. Thanks to the open web it was possible to create massive platforms, which inevitably became closed.
  2. Do we now abandon the open web or is it essential for keeping the closed platforms in check?

There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election. And I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election.

– Jimmy Carter

Here’s to the clever people at Google who decided the useless Security Alert notifications on my phone simply had to be non-dismissable. It’s not infuriating at all. πŸ‘

Whenever there are big changes with Apple, if there’s anything as predictable as “hot takes about Apple” it is the repeated posts from people who are “tired of hot takes about Apple”.

Hot takes all the way down.

Yesterday I used a phone call to cancel my TV Licence.

Yep. Your highest chance for success is with a phone call.

In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention, I have never heard of this level of inhumanity.

Holly Cooper, co-director of University of California, Davis’ Immigration Law Clinic.

Holly is talking about one of the concentration camps.

You can spec an iPad Pro up to Β£1869 but still can’t directly use web development tools on Safari. Madness.

The new community-based projects have made me think about one of my favourite things about Micro.blog; this is not an effort to “replace Twitter” or anything like that. Rather the community is proving that it is an effort to try something different with the social web.

Language and the New Social Web

(Note: I originally wrote this on Slack, as part of a thread about Micro.blog as a name.)

I know naming isn’t easy but I think I find it hard because M.b gets used for the company, individual blogs, the app and the timeline respectively in the following sentence (although arguably the second “Micro.blog” should be “microblog”):

“When I post to my Micro.blog hosted Micro.blog using Micro.blog it gets cross-posted to Micro.blog”

– Matthew Lindfield Seager (@matt17r), in the Indie Microblogging Slack

I think part of the issue here, especially if you’re going to compare to social media silos, is that they are not interested in differentiating these things… whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, whatever… they are simply interested in people not ever thinking about the technical side of things.

Meanwhile, Micro.blog fully embraces the technical side of things yet is also driven by a desire to make things as simple as possible.

As such, tbh, things aren’t cleanly and easily tucked into a nice little marketable pocket of jargon. If people don’t like the inevitable downsides of social media silos then they’re going to have to at least become aware of things like “blogs”, “posts”, “microblogs”, and so on.

That doesn’t mean people have to become experts or even especially comfortable with these concepts but they will need to acknowledge that there is no easy, one-size-fits-all answer for posting and sharing things on the web. Maybe over time the language will get easier but I don’t think it’s going to be because the marketing improves; rather, it’s time for people on the web to become better citizens.

Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak to no one. Shameful. It’s an embarrassment to the country and it is a stain on this institution.

Jon Stewart