Kick and Ban

Detail from "Mule Kicking" by Eadward Muybridge, 1887

Yesterday, a Twitter employee made the account of Donald Trump disappear for 11 minutes. Twitter’s reaction showed the world how fucked up the company still remains. The incident and their response was a welcome moment of respite in a very long and strenuous nightmare. Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error… Continue reading Kick and Ban

Should Academics Try Twitter?

Yes. Absolutely. According to this tongue-in-cheek chart. No, but seriously. You absolutely should  — at least — try it. Academic Twitter explained. Courtesy of @sylviaduckworth. pic.twitter.com/zTIHv5IptW — Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) September 24, 2016 (Thanks, @amisamileandme for forwarding this chart to me) At the beginning of August 2016, a Guardian article written by an anonymous… Continue reading Should Academics Try Twitter?

Twitter keeps the burden of moderation on users

The Buzzfeed piece about Twitter abuse that makes the rounds since last Thursday proves to be a very interesting read. The way the abuse problem has been left to fester is infuriating. So much so that while reading I took notes. Notes laced with profanity. Here are a few thoughts. Free speech radicalism is an… Continue reading Twitter keeps the burden of moderation on users

Event promoting tweets require forethought, time and a well staffed team

Many event organisers want high-level promotion to raise attendance. They often turn to social media to promote. The tweet below is densely packed with information about “Content Marketing World 2016”. It is designed to entice the @CMIContent account’s followers to register for the conference but also to encourage the featured speaker to promote their talk.… Continue reading Event promoting tweets require forethought, time and a well staffed team