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
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?
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
Just over a year ago, I looked at the little known browser K-Meleon and deemed it a very good way to keep computer resource usage low when browsing the Internet. Thus, it represented a great solution for very old PCs with low RAM availability. After a recent update, K-Meleon is still very much fulfilling that brief, but more options are always good, so in this post I’m looking at a different, if rather unusual approach… Continue reading A Very Low-Resource Browsing Option For Old PCs
Let’s face it, spam is the very definition of Twitter, but most types of Twitter spam can be combatted. The majority of spamming ploys carry significant risk for the spammer, and are easily penalised, directly, by the recipient. For instance, you can unfollow someone who spams you with Direct Messages. Or you can report a spam tweet, which can, if enough other users do likewise, see the perpetrator’s account suspended. You can even Mute users whose tweets are annoying and/or of no value.
But List spam is different. It slips under the radar, evading penalty, and Continue reading List Spammers: Twitter’s Great Unpunishables
There’s a very widespread notion that unfollowing so-called ‘inactive’ Twitter users is a good way to help manage a follow ratio. We’re talking here about unfollowing users who actually follow you, I should stress – not the ones who don’t. The idea is that you use a management tool such as ManageFlitter to determine which of your followers have not tweeted for a long time, and then unfollow them, primarily on the basis that they’re not using the site, won’t notice you unfollowed them, and thus won’t unfollow back.
But there are several problems with this theory. Firstly, Continue reading Why You Should Not Unfollow Inactive Twitter Users