How To Get Greater Recognition as a Creator of Online Comedy

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I went in at the deep end with written humour, sending irreverent articles to printed magazines in the 1990s, and fortunately finding an editor who was only too pleased to publish and pay for them.

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Direct Message Read Receipts: Another Desperate Mistake For Twitter?

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Essential modernisation. A good way to demonstrate that you’re proactively ignoring someone. A stalker’s charter… These are some of the reactions to Twitter’s introduction, on 8th September 2016, of Read Receipts for Direct Messages. Although Tweeps can opt out, Twitter automatically opted users into the new system without warning, consent, or in many cases, even knowledge.

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The Mystery of the First Tweet on Twitter

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Above: What might have been. A speculative mock up of the REAL first Tweet on Twitter.

When asked about the first Tweet on Twitter, many long-time users of the site will probably refer to Jack Dorsey’s “just setting up my twttr” message of Tuesday 21st March 2006. Here it is…

This Tweet is widely recognised as the “first Tweet on Twitter”, and it is unquestionably the earliest Tweet surviving in public view. But there are some fascinating geek facts surrounding the oft-retweeted submission. For a start, it was not posted by a human being, and as we’re about to see, it was almost certainly NOT the first ever message posted to the service. Continue reading The Mystery of the First Tweet on Twitter

Why Most Timewasters Are Male

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Most of us recognise the concept of timewasting as a particularly annoying, manipulative and selfish form of attention-seeking.

If you’ve ever worked in a luxury goods store, chances are you’ll associate the word ‘timewaster’ with someone who pretends they’re going to make a significant purchase, just so they can be emotionally pampered by the staff. Continue reading Why Most Timewasters Are Male

Why Junk and Spam Email Folders Are a Brainwash

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Why do we actually need a Junk email folder? Hmmm… Stupid question, right? The Junk folder separates all that annoying spam from the stuff we want to read. It’s the dustbin into which the useless rubbish is dumped. Consequently, the Junk folder is entirely necessary. Or is it?… Continue reading Why Junk and Spam Email Folders Are a Brainwash

Is Medium.com REALLY a Blogging Platform?

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Medium.com has become a rising force in online publishing. It’s certainly, at a glance, one of Web 2.0’s more intelligent-looking achievements. Indeed, it pretty much epitomises the modern face of value-driven web content. But is it really a blogging platform? And if not, what is Medium?… Twitter for grown-ups? The immaculately conceived lovechild of Hubpages? Let’s find out… Continue reading Is Medium.com REALLY a Blogging Platform?

Secret Twitter: Official Test Accounts

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We all get excited about finding things we weren’t meant to see, but for an Internet historian there’s a special kind of excitement in discovering official Twitter test accounts. Continue reading Secret Twitter: Official Test Accounts