Tag Archives: twitter

Outside the bubble

About a fortnight ago, I accidentally escaped the Twitter filter bubble. Without thinking about it, I’ve been refining my online filter bubbles for a while, quietly unfollowing some accounts, muting others, occasionally blocking when to send a public signal. I do the same with particular keywords. Try it sometime. Twitter becomes a much nicer experience if you mute all mentions of ‘Trump’, for example. The thing is, at the same… Read Article →

Retweet

A random selection of my thoughts from a week on Twitter: I’ve discovered a major loophole in the Irish constitution which allows abortion on demand. I intend to alert every political party. 1/2 Afterwards, any party claiming to be anti-abortion which does not immediately campaign to #repealthe13th will be regarded as hypocrites 2/2 Did @GerryAdamsSF just cite Smithwick tribunal as example of ex-IRA cooperation? The Smithwick tribunal where IRA refuse… Read Article →

Fair, balanced, and objective

Every now and then I get asked to explain twitter to hacks. So far, my presentations are fairly mechanical, explaining how it works, which clients work best, how to build lists, use it to generate leads, or gather followers. I talk about avoiding flame wars, about nice ideas like balance and impartiality. That said, I usually start off with a half joke, telling the audience that if they really want… Read Article →

#YoureFired

About a week ago, comedian Morgan C Jones tweeted his intention to stand outside Leinster House next Thursday at midday. He didn’t care if it ended up as a one man, silent protest, he just felt the need to do something. He invited others to come along if they shared his feelings. It was one tweet among many, I noted it, and moved on. Then Morgan tweeted again a few… Read Article →

It wasn’t Simon

Fianna Fáil is in a spin about twitter. Nothing wrong with that, all political parties spin. You might as well criticise a dog for barking. The Fianna Fáil spin is that the criticism of the taoiseach’s performance on Morning Ireland is a storm in a pint glass, all the fault of Simon Coveney and Fine Gael. Not so. Bear with me, because this will take more than the usual 200… Read Article →