Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, affectionately known as @jack to millions of tweeters everywhere, is currently on a whirlwind press tour of Australia talking up the social media platform that he oversees. He was in Sydney this morning and, at a Q and A session he dropped a bombshell: He doesn't own a laptop.
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If you're tired of the hell dimension that is present-day Twitter, internet renaissance man Andy Baio has the link for you: here's what your Twitter feed would look like ten years ago today (if you followed all the people you follow now). Of course, you can only see tweets from people who were already on Twitter in these early days. Your old feed is probably quiet. It's probably nerdy. And it's probably calming.
Last week, Twitter revealed that it had accidentally stored some user passwords in plain text, and thus suggested that all users change their Twitter password. It was bad. But honestly not that bad, according to Tristan Bolton, founder of enterprise cloud provider BoltonSmith. We talked to him about how it might have happened, and how it could have been worse.
This week has seen Australians exposed to a pair of significant incidents that may have led to personal data being disclosed. Earlier this week, we learned that the Commonwealth Bank lost backup tapes containing a decade of bank statement data a couple of years ago pertaining to about 12 million customers. And, this morning, we learned that Twitter had an internal process failure leading to the usernames and passwords of 300 million users being stored in plain text. What can learn from these incidents to inform our won incident response.
This post is about Kanye West's week of MAGA. Sorry.
Twitter loves to ruin your timeline with all kinds of clutter. The worst kind is tweets from people you don't follow, which Twitter shows you only because people you do follow "liked" them. Isn't that what the retweet button is for?
If you've been on Twitter for too long, or gone on binges where you follow too many people at once, you can end up with a crowded, even toxic Twitter feed. In the twelve years I've spent on Twitter, I've ended up following an unwieldy crowd of over 3,700 accounts. I can't make a big dent just by manually unfollowing people in my feed, so I use ManageFlitter, a powerful tool to sort and act on my followers.
In its April issue, a writer at The Atlantic makes the argument that "retweets are trash". Whereas once if you wanted to repeat something someone else had said on the platform you would have had to create a whole new tweet and add a "RT" in front of it, the addition of the retweet button has made it so people will often share the thoughts of others without fully thinking through those statements. Now there's a new tool to actually make that happen called Blindfold.
Whether you love them or hate them, there is no getting away from so-called 'influencers'. These shiny, happy millennials are the hottest trend in advertising since the advent of television. This infographic charts the meteoric rise of this glitziest of professions - from Fatty Arbuckle to Michelle Phan.
Okay, that headline is a complete fabrication. A lie. Some people will read it and be delighted or disgusted, even sharing it on social media without realising I am making all this up.
So, Today I (actually) Discovered just how instrumental Twitter has become in spreading fake news, thanks to new research out of MIT.
"Trending topics" are bull, says Select All. These little modules on social media sites are swamps of banality and disinformation. This week, YouTube's trending page included a conspiracy-theory video, which claims that the Stoneman Douglas High School students fighting for gun control are actually paid actors. (Narrator voice: They're not.)
You may have been hearing rumblings about a 'new' social media app that's looking to disrupt the current State of Social Media. It's been gaining more and more traction on other social media platforms over the past couple of days, even though it's been around for quite some time now. It aims to be ad-free and algorithm-averse.
But what is Vero and why should you care?