How To Correct Unsharp Images on WordPress.com

Birmingham Council House and Clock 18 April 1986

As a photographer, one of the things that’s always irritated me about the WordPress.com blogging platform is the way it handles images. Post a photo on Flickr and then hotlink it into a WordPress.com post, and you’ll see a really nice, sharp image, that scales down with good definition as and when necessary. But upload a photo directly to WordPress and you’ll very often end up with quite an ill-defined result. It probably looks acceptable to the average visitor, but it doesn’t look spectacular, and when you spend time making sure your photos are perfect, that’s annoying. Continue reading How To Correct Unsharp Images on WordPress.com

How to Read a Twitter User’s Tweets WITHOUT Retweets

Eliminate Retweets

Visited someone’s Twitter profile page and found it’s full of retweets? Pain in the posterior, isn’t it? You visit someone’s page because you want to know about them – not a load of random accounts either they, or worse, their auto-bot, have chosen to momentarily highlight… Continue reading How to Read a Twitter User’s Tweets WITHOUT Retweets

Microsoft Privacy Update: What You REALLY Need To Know

Microsoft Privacy 2

With Microsoft updating its Services Agreement and Privacy Statement from 1st August 2015, the usual, weasel-worded emails have been dropping into our inboxes, expressing how much the business cares for our privacy and gives us… ahem… ‘control’. As I said in an article about Soundcloud, the only real concern data-mining businesses have about our privacy, is how much they can invade it, and then gloss over their gross invasions with soundbyte PR. But let’s not jump the gun. Here’s Microsoft’s soundbyte PR…

We remain committed to protecting your data, being clear about how we use it and putting you in control. For example, we do not use the contents of your email, chat, video calls, documents, photos or voicemail to target advertising to you.

Sounds great, doesn’t it. Of course, they have to protect everyone’s data within the bounds of the law, so it always makes me laugh the way these companies pitch data protection like it’s some sort of luxury commitment, offered out of the goodness of their hearts. And just because Microsoft doesn’t scan your private communication and content for the purpose of targeting ads, it doesn’t mean the organisation doesn’t scan. Indeed, it has to scan email – otherwise how on earth would it recognise spam? Continue reading Microsoft Privacy Update: What You REALLY Need To Know

Change The Look of Your Twitter With Stylish

Twitter with Stylish

Whilst researching a forthcoming post about historical changes to Twitter profile pages, I was reminded that years ago, when Twitter looked rather more plain than it does today, I used to employ a Firefox add-on called Stylish to nice up my experience. I’d forgotten the name of the add-on, so I started to Google various design-related terms in a bid to find it. However, I didn’t have much luck, and eventually I had to rummage back through my personal diary to recover the info. Continue reading Change The Look of Your Twitter With Stylish

Egg Timer: The History of Twitter’s Default Profile Pic

Microsoft Twitter Account with o_O default profile pic - 2007

Ah, Microsoft, with their merry band of 9 Twitter followers, back in late 2007. At the time, as was the case with Google’s Twitter, the Microsoft account was ‘parked’, showing a distinct air of: “We might give this a go in the future“, and sporting Twitter’s once familiar sight of the classic o_O default profile pic. Continue reading Egg Timer: The History of Twitter’s Default Profile Pic

How To Find a Twitter User’s Join Date When It’s Not Displayed

You’ve probably noticed that some Twitter accounts display a ‘Joined’ date on the profile page, just below the bio and location/website details. You can see that whilst my @Twirpz account doesn’t show the join date…

Twirpz Twitter

… My @Meetaplex account does… Continue reading How To Find a Twitter User’s Join Date When It’s Not Displayed

The Rise of Twitter – in Pictures

Google's Twitter 16 July 2009

Imagine Google with just seven Twitter Followers. Imagine the official Twitter account with just one follower… Well, you don’t need to imagine, because we’re going on a journey back through time to revisit those very scenarios, in a pictorial history of Twitter’s rise to micro-blogging stardom. Continue reading The Rise of Twitter – in Pictures