The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys. This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared the results of national polls to the tone of tweets in response to eight major news events, including the outcome of the presidential election, the first presidential debate and major speeches by Barack Obama.-
Also, from the report released today: “At times the Twitter conversation is more liberal than survey responses, while at other times it is more conservative. Often it is the overall negativity that stands out.”
So, Twitter’s collective consciousness is neither liberal nor conservative… just angry?
Sometimes I just look at my children and think about the time when they had my vagina round their neck.-
The Swedish government has been handing over the @sweden Twitter account to a different citizen each week, and this week’s owner is steering the car right off a social media cliff.
The quote above is part of a long string of racist, homophobic and just plain bizarre tweets from the “Swedish citizen” handling the account this week. Eh, eventually it had to happen, for seven months they had nothing but nice and amiable users tweeting from the account. And now they have this.
Dear Sweet Santa of Seduction: Oh won’t you come and satisfy my Christmas wish this year by taking a rapturous ride in my slippery sleigh?- I want to think she is trolling us. Otherwise, this is an academic “study” waiting to happen.
Lakotah men have a life expectancy of less than 44 years, lowest of any country in the World (excluding AIDS) including Haiti.
The latest re-design of Twitter is truly cringe inducing. They have added a new tab called “Activity”. In this tab you can now keep track of every Twitter move of those you follow. Has your
stalking target friend followed someone new today? Are they having conversations you could only previously see through several clicks and purposeful search? Have they shared a photo with another user that wasn’t you? Now it’s all neatly packaged in a single place! No longer do you need to click several times and manually check the people they follow, Twitter has facilitated this process for you. Which you know, bah. At least make stalkers work for the information. I am almost certain many used to get discouraged simply because it took time and some effort to find all of this out.
Every day I am more and more convinced that politicians should limit their use of Twitter to disseminate links to their blog posts or for birthday announcements. I mean, I personally know some high profile Dutch politicians. In person, these people are sensible, smart, their ideas are not based on rigid dogmas, etc. Now, when I see some of their Twitter feeds (which I know for a fact are not in the hands of aides or assistants), I shake my head in disbelief quite often. I suppose the problem is partly rooted in Twitter’s character limitation (really, how much depth and nuance can you offer in 140 characters?). To make matters worse, generally speaking, these tweets are typed from mobile phones, with small screens and annoying little keys, while the person doing the typing is also paying attention to other stuff. The result is a series of ridiculously shallow and inane interactions that make the politician look terrible. Their ideas have no subtlety, no depth, no room for analysis. They end up coming across as black vs. white/ good vs. evil thinkers, which you know, is the best way to alienate a good chunk of your follow base. Also, the immediacy of their responses make it so that they won’t even take the time to weight their replies or their words. First thing that comes to mind! Off it goes to the world!
And then are we surprised people all over Europe are staging protests because they feel democracy has failed them? Not that Twitter is to blame for that sentiment, but it surely looks like a good sample of a wider problem.
em-dash replied to your post: It’s Friday and my Twitter patience is running out
Are you talking about paper.li? It’s not so much a compilation of links they put together as it is an automated process that culls links from the people they follow. I know cause I use it sometimes to organize the top stories from my own feed.
Something similar yes (which I also use). But it’s the name they gave to it that simultaneously cracked me up and horrified me. Really, they couldn’t find something that would be charity appropriate without making it sound like a bad Benny Hill joke?
I think I figured out why I do not really like Twitter (I don’t hate it, but I am certainly not very fond of it). It’s because it’s like a snapshot of human sense of entitlement. And when I say “human”, I mean, middle class (and above) because obviously, that’s the most abundant demographics on Twitter.
I mean, I just saw that a charity that follows me posted one of those automatically generated messages, which links to a compilation of links they put together. The title for this compilation? The Hydrocephalus Daily. I get it that they are devoted to charity and awareness but it sounds so shallow. So out of place. So trivializing.
And this was followed by a Tweet from another person, a devoted Christian (don’t ask me where I collect these followers, they find me, not the other way around), who was waxing lyrical because the taxi driver he just met in Nepal (where, needless to say, he is doing missionary work) congratulated him for being Christian and he, of course, had to praise the Lord for it. I doubt the taxi driver gave two fucks, he was probably just being polite. But missionary dude now believes this is some sort of sign.
And I read that scrolling through my timeline and think “Why? Why? Is this a snapshot of the peak of human intellect? The Hydrocephalus Daily (last week it was Brain Injury Daily)? A pasty white guy praising Jesus while trekking the heights of Nepal?”.
If anyone has any doubts about the source of my mild misanthropy, I’ll be happy to share the links of some of my Twitter followers*.
(Yes, I know I should unfollow these people, but the thought of being unnecessarily rude to people who are not doing anything specifically wrong just makes me anxious).
I’ve created a list of the best Twitter accounts to follow for news out of Egypt.
Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga take charity work seriously, and they’re going offline to prove it.
Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and other celebrities have joined a new campaign called Digital Life Sacrifice on behalf of Keys’ charity, Keep a Child Alive. The entertainers plan to sign off of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday, which is World AIDS Day. The participants will sign back on when the charity raises $1 million.
This must be the first time I wish a charity to actually fail in their fund raising efforts. The longer they take to raise the money, the less inanity in 140 characters or less we will have to endure.