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I don't do the twitter and never have. About the closest I come is watching a YouTube video on how to fix my leaky faucet or smoke the "perfect" brisket. Thank God I never joined all that silliness. Reading Seaside Joe also counts as my version of twitter. In fact, Seaside Joe has all but ruined my use of Bleacher Report. Between the SJ content and the comments...this is the place to be if you dig the Hawks. Kenneth picking Witherspoon...well...that just sealed the deal.

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Jul 3, 2023Liked by Seaside Joe

I am aware that there is an invention called Twitter, and that on this invention they tweet tweets. I am to Twitter what Vincent Vega is to Television.

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Jul 3, 2023Liked by Seaside Joe

IMO, the essential prerequisite for publishing on Twitter is the fervent belief that a bunch of people really, really need to hear what the writer thinks about whatever happens to pop top of mind. In days of yore, giving in to such a belief was thought to always degenerate into braggadocio. Like gossip, it was not regarded as a virtue. Like any ball of worms, those self-important thoughts will expand to fill the available can.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Some organizations use it to broadcast important messages. There were, and are, other ways to get that done without being susceptible to trackers and social network analysis. As with Facebook & all the rest: when you use Twitter, YOU are the product.

When Twitter first appeared, it seemed clear to me that the only appropriate word for a user was "twit". I have seen nothing that would cause me to change my opinion in that matter. Although a twit I may be, it has not ever been for that reason.

I feel better now. Thanks for the soapbox!

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Jul 3, 2023Liked by Seaside Joe

Quite the rant. Due to the overwhelming amount of Seahawk content we have previously received it is easy to overlook the lack of it in this post. Should have included a Clark update though.

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Jul 2, 2023Liked by Seaside Joe

I opened a Twitter account to follow John Clayton and Dave Boling. Somehow that didn't work very well for me and I haven't been on that platform for years. I honestly don't think I've read 1K tweets total, ever. In fact, I skip over the tweets that Joe imbeds in this news letter, so they don't count against my total tweet count. I'm "friends" with some old friends and a few other pretty interesting people and groups on Facebook though so I understand the attraction.

My only reason for posting this is a deep emotional need for Seaside Joe to validate my existence and formally acknowledging that I'm a really cool person.

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Jul 2, 2023·edited Jul 2, 2023Liked by Seaside Joe

Twitter isn't a product. If you are on Twitter, YOU are the product.

YOUR eyeballs, YOUR likes/dislikes, YOUR data.

Just like Facebook... a pox on all of them.

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Jul 2, 2023Liked by Seaside Joe

Since Elon said he was stepping down and turning over Twitter to someone else to manage he doesn't seem to have stepped away at all. I have no idea how they can calculate how many tweets a user reads when scrolling through pages of them to find a particular tweet doesn't allow for reading. Half the tweets in my feed are retweets of the same original tweet and I'm sure not going to read it 50 times.

He can limit the tweets all he wants. Twitter information has become so unreliable that it has rapidly lost its once solid resource for news. The problem is none of the other attempts at creating a replacement have been successful because they are designed so differently the navigation through comments is bulky enough to cause people to go back to twitter.

Elon is destroying what made Twitter popular, and it won't get better under him. It also won't disappear. I have read MySpace still exists, so if that can survive, so can Twitter.

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Jul 2, 2023Liked by Seaside Joe

You can find the reasoning behind the limitation fairly quickly but a very very rough summary:

Twitters contract with Google Cloud services expired June 30th

Elon did not want to pay a reported bill in the region of $1bil and was trying to migrate all of Twitters servers and engineering off of Google

This meant embeded tweets, videos, links and so on all broke, because Twitter fired most of it's engineering team and couldn't get this done ahead of the June 30 deadline

This rash of linking errors forced far above normal server requests, flooding Twitters servers

Rather than paying Google (or AWS for example) for short term coverage, Twitter implements usage restrictions vs their entire backend crashing under the strain

[Side note: Elon is very clearly moving twitter towards a vaslty reduced userbase, but one that has a decent paid-user %, rather than it's historic open-to-all social media platform]

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