Twitter’s entire board of directors.
In which Twitter informs itself that it needs to upgrade to the new API version.
“Most of the Vine’s I’ve seen are quite painful to watch,” Solis said.
There may be something else far more powerful at play in preventing video-sharing from taking off: ego. Moore theorizes that sharing video clips is less appealing than sharing photos because videos don’t allow for the same type of distortion."
I think this piece is missing the point. Twitter sees itself more and more as a media entity, as opposed to a straight social network. I think that’s what led them to buy Vine. While there’s still plenty of peer to peer action happening at the company, it seems to be thinking like a broadcaster. If you look at the Vines of MARLO meekins, Keelayjams, Adam Goldberg, James Urbaniak and Will Sasso you’ll see the what Vine is really about.
These people aren’t sharing stuff. They’re making stuff. And they’re getting thousands of likes and comments on every post. Vine might not have as many active participants as Instagram, but they’re well on their way to having more high quality content. Perhaps they’re taking their inspiration from Tumblr.
@YourorYoure, which dates back to April 2009, pings users with a simple “[Wrong!]” when they misuse every first-grader’s most-hated contraction. Eric Mortensen, the bot’s creator, says he made it after seeing a co-worker’s rage at an e-mail that confused the two.
I started the account in response to a coworker in what must have been 2007 or 2008. He shot up from his chair, enraged by an email he’d just read that confused “your" and "you're”. I was amused, and being someone who finds that sort of thing irritating, too (although nowhere near as irritating as my coworker finds it), I instantly came up with the concept of building a bot. I've long had a penchant for projects like this, large and small, that can quickly be built, and then built upon, as necessary. Dating back before the commercial Internet, I've always enjoyed stringing together public services and communication tools to do cool, if not necessarily useful stuff.
Within a half hour, I had it up and running. Instead of replying to the wrongdoer, it retweets and publicly shames them. The retweet contains the name of the recipient, allowing them to join the bot in poking fun at their friends. Many respond angrily to the corrections, typically for one of three reasons:
Of course, there are plenty of good-natured responses as well.
Here are some recent examples: http://bit.ly/TXjKBw
The bot detects a very specific use case and does get it wrong sometimes. I’d update it if I could, but I no longer recall where it’s running. The bot is just out there in the world somewhere. To be honest, I’m kind of surprised it’s still functioning. I’m delighted that it’s doing its job, but I never imagined it would be approaching 300,000 corrections all these years later. I can’t imagine what that number would be if I hadn’t artificially limited the number of people it could call out in a day.
I’m hardly following the AP Stylebook when I tweet, but I find it pretty easy to avoid the your/you're mistake. That’s not to say that I don’t live in fear of eventually being corrected by my own creation.
A few years ago I created a Twitter bot to correct people who are confused about when to use “your” and “you’re”. I whipped it up in response to evangotlib having a bit of a meltdown over someone failing to pick the right one for use in an email. In an act of solidarity, I created @youroryoure.
It obviously can’t keep up with every single person who makes the mistake, but it has successfully shamed 152,234 people to date. It consistently confounds the Interwebs in the most entertaining ways. By simply retweeting and adding the text [Wrong!], it leads plenty of people to think the bot is disagreeing with the substance of their tweet. Others get that their grammar is being corrected and become enraged, assailing the sort of flesh and blood person who spend all their free time correcting random strangers. Some people just find it terribly funny that they got caught making a silly mistake.
But the thing that confuses me is the 614 people who follow the account. Why would you want to read that stuff?
Jeff Cox is a conservative deputy Attorney General in Indiana. He publicly supports using “live ammunition" on the "political enemies" and "thugs" that most reasonable people consider tax paying citizens. And this behavior isn’t new. [+]
He should be getting his own Fox News show any minute now.
Are you fucking kidding me?
Keep it classy, Orlando news!
FUCKING GOD FORBID
Oh shit, you’re right, I should care more about gas going up a few cents than women being raped by mercenaries and people being led into buildings to be shot.
it is mind-numbing.
This tweet appears to be a statement of fact. How could it be improved? Should they not explain why prices might be going up? Should they withhold information about the possibility of rising prices altogether? Isn’t it just as likely that the tweeter wants Americans to understand the dangers of tying our well being to the support of oppressive and unstable regimes in the Middle East? But isn’t it most likely that this is just a bit of useful information, especially for people who don’t have much money, with a tiny bit of context?
This map has been created by compiling reports from trusted accounts on Twitter. Nonetheless, these reports are in general unconfirmed. This information should be considered in the context of there being absolutely no independent media in Libya at this time. This map is not automatically produced. Each tweet is considered from a number of perspectives before it is posted. These considerations have evolved over time as conditions on the ground have changed.
(via hacker news)