There will come a time when Twitter shuts down. But it's hard to imagine that day coming for the network of RSS feeds.
The silos using their own failings to undermine access to their apis by genuine #Indieweb tools is predictable, but still disappointing.
Twitter officially welcomes bigotry now.
It is strange to see such a version of yourself invented and destroyed by networked rage. It made me sad and angry, but even more, I think, it inspired a horrified confusion in myself and those familiar with my work and my character. A digital effigy of me was built and burned.
Don’t internet angry. If you’re angry, internet later.
Not everyone believes loving engagement is the best way to fight evil beliefs, but it has a good track record. Not everyone is in a position to engage safely with racists, sexists, anti-Semites, and homophobes, but for those who are, it’s a powerful tool.
We are powerful creatures, but power must come with gentleness and responsibility. No one prepared us for this, no one trained us, no one came before us with an understanding of our world. There were hints, and wise people, and I lean on and cherish them. But their philosophies and imaginations can only take us so far. We have to build our own philosophies and imagine great futures for our world in order to have any futures at all. Let mercy guide us forward in these troubled times. Let yourself imagine, because imagination is the wellspring of hope. Here, in the beginning of the 21st century, hope is our duty to the future.
Online publishing isn’t supposed to be easy. And being an informed citizen isn’t supposed to be easy, either. The idea that we just casually check our phone every hour or so and Google, Twitter, or Facebook would give us a quick dose of everything we need to read is a fantasy.
Here is a quick synopsis of the dark sides of the 7 major social media building blocks from
Social media? It’s serious! Understanding the dark side of social media
by Christian V. Baccarella, Timm F. Wagner, Jan H. Kietzmann, Ian P. McCarthy
in the European Management Journal
- Conversations: “excessive, aggressive, and inaccurate engagement can occur”
- Sharing: “content can be inappropriate and undesirable or that it can be shared without permission from the holder of any intellectual property rights”
- Location: “location and availability of users are known and can be tracked without their awareness or consent”
- Relationships: “social media help to establish and reveal relationships, they enable different types of social engagement and related deleterious consequences. This includes cyberbullying, stalking, and online harassment”
- Reputation: “sharing inappropriate content, which can destroy the sharer’s reputation and/or the reputations of others”
- Groups: “people not only exclude others from conversations or group membership but also lose empathy for them”
- Identity: “social media users are not in control of their own identity any longer, thus leading to all sorts of privacy and safety risks”
For those unfamiliar, LinkedIn is a 2D, turn-based MMORPG that sets itself apart from its competitors by placing players not in a fantasy world of orcs and goblins, but in the treacherous world of business. Players can choose from dozens of character classes (e.g., Entrepreneurs, Social Media Mavens, Finance Wizards) each with their own skill sets and special moves (Power Lunch; Signal Boost; Invoice Dodge). They gain “experience” by networking, obtaining endorsements from other users, and posting inspirational quotes from Elon Musk.
Parents don’t care for downloading their students work, it is like Snapchat
As a parent, I am never asked. If offered, I would love a copy of my children’s work from SeeSaw, Facebook or whereever. For me this comes back to my question, how do we make schools irresistibly engaging for parents too? P.S. Not on SnapChat
Keeping in mind that spirit of doing necessary maintenance, I recently did something I'd thought about doing for years: I unfollowed everyone on Twitter.