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Here’s how you know Twitter is doomed

At the end of July this year, Twitter’s stock price crashed by around 20% when the company took steps to delete around 1,000,000 fake (or bot) accounts. Instead of seeing this as a good thing, investors decided to offload their holdings. I guess it makes sense: all those ads being served to robots were hardly […]

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bastards musings

Retweeting to the scene of the crime

Welp, it didn’t last. But being away from Twitter for a few days was helpful in focusing my mind on just what it was about the place that vexes me in particular. Sure, Nazis etc., but there were a thousand other things that niggled at me too. Many of these things also niggled at me […]

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The absence of tweeting

I’m not returning to Twitter for the nonce, but I have deleted my experimental Mastodon presence* I don’t often wear plasters. But it struck me putting one on a blistered heel that your standard “flesh” coloured plaster is totally racist.** There are apples everywhere.*** Went to a craft fare yesterday, and found a stall selling […]

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cycling musings

Things I’d have tweeted etc. and thoughts on Mastodon

West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire? Are they on drugs?* Too depressed to be on Mastodon much today.** Spotted a tiny, tiny lizard at the front of the house And this is what happened when Oscar caught sight of it Today’s bike ride was up to St. Antoine again, an old favourite.*** Found a terrifying bug […]

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Things I might have tweeted today if I’d still been on the Twitter

I miss Twitter* Currently reading Shelby Foote’s narrative history of the (US) Civil War** I don’t think I can be bothered to go through the rigamarole of finding new people to follow on Mastodon*** There’s a complete stranger of a German teenager coming to stay for the next week. I don’t know how this happened**** […]

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bastards

Leaving (Twitter) on a paper plane

I just deactivated my Twitter account. I have 30 days to switch it back on if I change my mind. This post won’t be publicised on Twitter. I’m doing this partly because I was encouraged to do so by the D-Day 17th August campaign, which I don’t think has gained much traction. I guess we’ll […]

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Shut down, log off, fade away

We are surrounded by digital ephemera. A while ago now, I reactivated the Facebook account (total of friends = 1), just so there would be one place on the internet where you could find me by my actual name. My timeline consisted almost entirely of my Instagram feed. But I hate Facebook, always have, and […]

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Shifting paradigms while Rome burns

1. Copernican revolutions Changing people’s minds is a hard, hard thing. When Copernicus correctly identified our heliocentric solar system, it was not an overnight “revolution” as it is often characterised, but the culmination of over a thousand years of observations not matching the dominant model. The Ptolemaic model lasted from the 2nd century to the […]

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Can Twitter Save the World for Democracy?

It’s generally accepted that while Facebook can be horribly right-wing and parochial, Twitter is both more cosmopolitan and more left-wing. A few years ago, I was hopeful that Twitter (as a medium in its own right as opposed to being a mere platform) could become the counter-narrative, the great hope of the counterculture, the voice […]

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Echo Park Life

This article by Stewart Lee, ostensibly about Britain’s Got Talent but really about Twitter and its inability to cope with nuance, focused my mind on something I’ve been thinking about for a while: giving up the Twitter. I’d be no loss to the service, only have a few followers, and I’m not looking for sympathetic […]