If things couldn’t get any worse in regards to the micro-blogging site, with the regular myopic social media outrage (recently, over one inside-joke, Stephen Fry deactivated his account…again), unpopular feature changes, and… overreaction to said feature changes… “Twitter is turning into Facebook!”
The user base is dropping… slightly. And some news websites are calling it: dead; flatline. But these kind of news sites have been saying ‘twitter is dying’ for years.
In the attempt to get the company moving ‘up’ again, in other words more attractive to advertisers in competition to other social media platforms (advertisers are still attracted to twitter anyway), they brought back Jack Dorsey, thinking if they acted like Apple Computer, Inc. (when they reinstated Steve Jobs), things would improve. Think Differently.
I just had to remove the draft I wrote for a post on Free Speech, in response to someone else’s post on hate speech. Because it fell apart. I couldn’t cut the things that made it a post, as opposed to the comment it was…
Despite the fact that all speech except for actual threats of harm is protected under the First Amendment, I couldn’t continue with it. I added love our so-called “enemies”…tough love, especially… I began to add the elements of violence and terrorism, and how hate groups aren’t quite responsible for attacks but rather individuals that cross several lines. And I added my two cents that ignoring them doesn’t necessarily help because isolation is part of the cause of said violence…
Sigh. In other words, it was too much because I’m full of crap. And with politics, you mustn’t care what others think and/or you must prove everything you say with charts, and graphs, and studies, and everything else under the sun…
And I’m already a big ball of stress. I can no longer tolerate certain foods, and I certainly can’t tolerate politics by much. There’s so much attached to the talk of the U.S. Constitution, that I may do the whole Hear No Evil thing. 🙉
…Some scars will never heal…
…And then my phone buzzed, adding to all the noise…
I just had to remove my Yahoo mobile account.
For the more “private” email account—as opposed to the public G-mail—I was receiving subscriptions to things I hadn’t subscribed to. I had it. My mother may have over a hundred thousand emails in her inbox (don’t sign up just anywhere!), but my mobile data is precious.
Hit dead end. Learned a few things, blah, blah. …Another Publishers Clearing House email.
Several times, the magenta notification light flashed this morning. I did, however, receive ample warning prior to all this—among identity theft warnings (an insurance company saw my info, supposedly), the address was exposed. So there I go.
So many traps lie out there, with may include the ‘unsubscribe’ links. There was even one fake email that posed as “Yahoo, Inc.,” telling me my account was suspended…or so I read, from my not-suspended account.
Given my partial abandonment of the Yahoo account, I then put the direct mobile access up in a little bet on whether I’d soon get another unsolicited email notification. It happened.
The end of that access account also meant the end of the limited news it delivered…so many megabytes of background data…a ton of random headline photos…that I copied to the PC.
So my world shrank a little. But at least the traffic on my phone is smoother.
So what have you removed recently because it was “too much”?
Oh, and click on the image at the top of the post; Feross did a pretty good essay on internet Free Speech, back in 2009… There, I got an answer to the allegation that cable companies were/are reducing bandwidths for lower-paying subscribers: in 2007, the Associated Press ‘busted’ Comcast for blocking access to BitTorrent, two out of three times. (Note: the old Yahoo links are dead.)