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Why It’s Time For Twitter To Scrap Like, Retweet & Follower Count Displays

Twitter Popularity Counts

At the beginning of 2015 I addressed the question of hiding the Follower count on Twitter. In the light of Twitter’s more recent consideration of scrapping the Like button, I’m revisiting the subject of public popularity counts, and asking whether it’s time for the platform to wipe them out entirely.

This article is not suggesting that Twitter gets rid of Like buttons, Retweet buttons, notifications relating to the use of those buttons, or summary data for the poster of the content. It’s suggesting that Twitter removes the public display of Like, Retweet, Reply and Follower/Friend counts. The numbers.


The logic behind forcibly displaying social media users’ popularity counts to the public, is that it strongly motivates platform growth. Crudely put, it shames people into importing fans/friends, or labouring to engage a native audience. In both scenarios, the social sites gain something for nothing. They either gain new users for zero advertising expenditure, or they gain human labour, which will collectively bring a level of value to the platform. Value on the back of which the platform can run ads. That’s the power of shame. Continue reading Why It’s Time For Twitter To Scrap Like, Retweet & Follower Count Displays

Has The New Connections System Improved Twiends?

Twiends Connections

Twiends is a ‘freemium’ facility for Twitter users who want to build up their follower count extremely quickly – and it certainly accomplishes that goal. But back in April 2014, I published a post called Why Twiends Doesn’t Work. I concluded that whilst Twiends does indeed rapidly increase your follower count, for free, the followers to whom it gives you access will almost inevitably be so singularly absorbed with promoting themselves, that they won’t pay any attention to you.

A substantial part of my criticism centred around Twiends’ motivational system, in which points, or Seeds, as they were known, were awarded to users in return for following Twitter accounts. One year later, however, Twiends began rolling out major revisions, scrapping the Seeds system, and shifting to a new method of operation called Connections. Is this a new dawn for Twiends?

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Hiding The Following List/Total on Twitter…

Hide Twitter Following Count

When big social media sites outline their strategies, Even the smallest details can have a huge impact on long term success. If you’re a privacy advocate, one of the first things you’ll have noticed about Twitter is that very little of your business is hidden from public display. If your account is public, everyone can see a full list of the accounts you’re following, and even if your account is, ahem… ‘protected’, everyone can still see a numerical total. The same applies to the total of accounts following you. Continue reading Hiding The Following List/Total on Twitter…

Who Is The Online Hater?

Hater Troll Keyboard Warrior

Anger. Most of it is momentary. Someone gets heavily stressed and annoyed, they flare up and lash out, they apologise, it’s over. But the Internet has highlighted an altogether different type of anger. It’s not the result of stress, and it’s far from momentary. This is a type of anger that becomes ingrained in an individual to the core. It won’t diminish, even over a matter of years. This is the anger of the Online Hater – a particularly aggressive and abusive type of Internet troll, who will be just as abusive tomorrow as he/she is today. As hateful next month as this.

The individual reasons behind online hate campaigns vary, but Continue reading Who Is The Online Hater?