For the whole time I’ve used Twitter, I’ve had my account set to public, and had open conversations with other people. I’ve also had private conversations via Direct Message (DM), with close friends.
While we privately chat about all manner of things, sometimes this is used to send URLs between each other that we don’t want the rest of the world to see. We might be chatting a job offer I don’t want to advertise publicly, a website that is especially good or bad, but is only of interest to one person, or something that some might deem offensive that I know one good friend will find amusing. We might be discussing a radio feature we’re thinking about, or some part of an upcoming podcast. And this is where Twitter now sucks. We used to be able to chat away, share web links aplenty. And then Twitter made some changes, and it just doesn’t work anymore.
I’ll go “hey did you see this in the news yesterday?” and dare to try and include a link to a website like which twitter then blocks. And what does it block? Loads of stuff. And it doesn’t block it intelligently like Google Chrome does. It blocks it like a moron. Like the worst kind of Internet filter, randomly deciding that the Huffington Post (US) site is fine, while the Huffington Post (UK) site is too evil to be allowed. The Mirror is ok, the Metro is ok, the Daily Mail is ok, a website of my own that makes podcasts – parkandgardner.com – no? Why not?) Continue reading Why Twitter DM sucks right now→
I realise I’m one of about three people who this affects, but it’s irritating nonetheless, so I thought I’d write about it.
I use Tweetpress with Twitter to upload pictures. Tweetpress is used instead of yfrog or twitpic, to share images on Twitter, but upload them to your own WordPress website. I do this so that they’re on my own hosting, on my own blog, and when people click them from my Twitter feed, they come to my site. I know this has contributed to the visitor numbers here, which have been growing ever since I started this blog on this domain.
A few days ago, Twitter released an update to their iPhone client. And ruined it. I don’t think that’s too strong – it has less functionality than the old version, and what is there – is more fiddly to get to. Yes it looks pretty, but it’s a chore to use. So it’s time to once again search for a new iPhone client for accessing Twitter when I’m not at home. Today I’m testing Twittelator free, Tweetings lite, Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, Echofon free, and Twitter for iPhone.
I’ve got another website – http://www.bjsproductions.co.uk – where I upload podcast versions of radio shows I’ve taken part in, or things I’ve taken part in with James or Stephen (the J and S). Don’t bother looking at it. Nobody does.
Me and Stephen have been working for a while to start getting rid of it. We’ve got rid of any mention of it from our twitter names, and any other names that can be changed, have been. It will hang around like a bad smell for a while yet though, because YouTube (and some other places) don’t let you change your username.
I’ve been a fool.
You know when you’ve been doing something for so long that you don’t bother to see if there are other options.
On occasion, I’ll record a bit of video from my iPhone. On even rarer occasions, I want to send it immediately from wherever I am.
I have been sending it via Twitvid, but I’ve just discovered today, that you can upload it to YouTube directly from the camera application. And if you click the option to share it afterwards, it’ll give you the URL, so you can copy/paste it to Twitter.
It’s Twestival time again.
If you’ve never been before, it’s a worldwide effort to hold a festival on a particular day, organised via Twitter, and raise money for charity.
Basically, it’s an excuse for a party. It’s on Thursday 24th March at the Slug and Lettuce, and there will be drinks, live bands, a raffle, and possibly cake.
I’ve just written a blog post. It’s not hosted here though, because I was invited to write a guest entry, on a blog belonging to April Browne.
A week and a bit ago, she wrote a blog about her experiences of online dating, and after reading, I started writing a comment. It was a comment that was so long, April said I should write a guest entry on her blog. So I did.