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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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 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

Serving the Self-Servers: Profiting From Unsolicited Online Contact

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Establishing a profile on the Internet is generally very rewarding. But as your online presence gains greater visibility, you may increasingly find yourself beset with approaches from people you’d rather be harpooned up the backside than accommodate in their self-serving requests. Continue reading Serving the Self-Servers: Profiting From Unsolicited Online Contact

Scrankers: New-Age Online Kerb-Crawlers in Close-up

Scrankers

Scrankers. They’re the virtual world’s answer to kerb-crawlers… Except their highway is Twitter, their vehicle is a computing device full of Porn Valley evercookies, and their wallets are invariably empty.

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