People are often quick to point a finger and sneer when a social media user lapses into a crazed meltdown. But have you ever considered why these cataclysms of raging temper and self-destruction always seem to play out on a site such as Twitter, and not on a site such as Flickr? What is it about classic social media that pushes us over the edge? Continue reading Five Ways in Which Social Media Worsens Our Behaviour
As social sites have increasingly deployed cute algorithms to feed us what they want us to see (as opposed to what we actually asked for), it’s become almost essential for the serious reader to adopt a more proactive approach than the simple policy of ‘follow and wait’.
The online advertiser’s Holy Grail is to make us think we’re reading what we personally selected, whilst actually feeding us a substantial mix of ‘recommendations’ and ads. Some companies are better at this than others. Google does it best, keeping the consumer feeling free and unmanipulated. Twitter definitely does not yet have the art that conceals the art. If you let Twitter into the driving seat, it’ll probably take you to Hell. But if you seize the controls, you can get just as insightful an experience from Twitter as you can from Google. Twitter’s real user controls lie in its search capability. Continue reading Reliable Ways To Cut Out Link Spam in a Twitter Search
Have you ever wondered how many of the men who use a smile emoticon at the end of an electronic message were actually smiling when they typed it? If your guess falls somewhere below three percent, join the club.
There are a numerous things I find profoundly annoying on the social web. But the worst of the very worst of them, I would suggest, is men trying to look cute. Not inadvertently just being cute. I’m talking about men who deliberately try to look cute, in a bid to manipulate or self-serve. Before anyone accuses me of sexism, I know that women try to look cute on the Internet too, and I’m not saying I find that particularly attractive. Indeed, women who sing in a deliberately cute, babyish, contrived voice on Soundcloud make me want to cut the plug off my speakers. But there’s something about men trying to be cute that’s just… worse. Continue reading Online Intolerables: Men Trying To Look Cute
Now that Twitter has begun feeding irrelevant entries into the Notifications timeline, it’s become easier to miss important mentions. As someone with multiple Twitter accounts, I’d been meaning to collate all my important incoming mentions into a simple point of access for a while, but I’d never got round to it. Twitter’s new ‘notification spam’ gave me the nudge I needed, and the job is now done. In this post I’m going to show you how I did it. No third-party apps required. You don’t necessarily even need to log in. Continue reading Multiple Twitter Accounts? Check ALL Your Important Mentions In One Click
After my crit observing the ‘manosphere’s distorted vision of women, I thought I should write a searching piece about the ‘manosphere’s arch enemy – just to balance things up.
There’s a perception, among an apparently burgeoning male group, that men are being demonised by women. Excluded, purely on the basis that they were born with a penis. Made to feel that whatever they say or do, it will automatically be bad, because they’re a man, and men are bad. Faced with a choice of either being publicly ashamed of their gender, or being lambasted as “part of the problem”. Victims, of sexism. I decided I was going to explore this issue, and concisely wrap it up in a blog post. Continue reading The Demonisation of Man
A storm of angry tweets has flooded Twitter after the social media giant began force-feeding irrelevant activities onto users’ Notifications timelines. But this is just the latest in a series of force-feeding tactics which have shown Twitter to be taking a dictatorial approach to the user experience. Continue reading Twitter Users Enraged By Force-Fed Notifications
It would be easy to dismiss the ‘manosphere’ as a massively sexist adult nursery full of raging, paranoid misogynists, and leave it there. But maybe that’s a little too easy. I mean, all those angry guys, venting their spleens in range of bite-sized, two-million-word discussions… It’s a lot of effort. A one-sentence response would hardly be worthy of contemplation after all that.
So in this post, I’m going to look at seven popular ‘manosphere’ opinions, which showcase the level of delusion within the environment. I’ve placed the opinions in quotes, but they’re really summaries, which may or may not also be specific statements, made by specific individuals… Continue reading Seven Dumb Opinions That Highlight The ‘Manosphere’s Delusion