Tag Archives: Social Networking

A Twitter with no replies

Don’t you think it’s annoying to read all the reply tweets on a Twitter profile? Yes, I do too. And guys at Twitter as well. When you visit a Twitter user’s profile, you may want to read original content rather than conversations.

Since June 2012, when you visit some verified profiles, you’ll see their tweets without replies. That is, you won’t see tweets that begin with a @username. But you can always switch to all tweets.

By the way, tweets beginning with a @username are only seen by people who follow both the tweet author and the @username at the beginning of the tweet. Let’s hope we’ll see this features on every profile then!

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Twitter? You’re doing it wrong

This morning we had another big earthquake in Northern Italy. Buildings collapsing, people without a house, at least 13 corpses so far.

It goes without saying, people is using Twitter a lot. People is tweeting useful information such as how to open wifi networks, which telephone numbers you can call, where to go and donate blood, and so on.

Moreover, some people used the hashtag #terremoto for business purposes:

Groupalia wrote: Scared with the #earthquake? Let’s give up and go to #SantoDomingo! (link). Brux Sport and Prenotable did pretty much the same thing. Of course, many people felt the urgence to insult the poor common sense of these businesses. Take a look here. Eventually Groupalia did a public apology.

My point: Twitter defines itself as a “real time information network“. Groupalia obviously did it wrong, but people using the main hashtag #terremoto to insult Groupalia is also a pain in the ass. It’s white noise. It’s like you have to make an important call and the phone lines are too busy. Besides, I don’t like people blaming the first available target. The ground isn’t stopping to shake because of your indignation.

Just saying.

More of this: 1 2 3 4. Reply @lorenzograndi4 if you wish.


Twitter gets serious

Twitter released a Newsroom guide journalists in order to teach and explore everything you can do with it.

Here’s what they say about it:

We want to make our tools easier to use so you can focus on your job: finding sources, verifying facts, publishing stories, promoting your work and yourself—and doing all of it faster and faster all the time.

The guide is made of 4 parts:

REPORT: it’s about search, advanced and archive search, finding sources and mobile settings.

ENGAGE: here you can find some best practices about setting your account and creating effective content.

PUBLISH: everything on Twitter social plugins all over the web. Because you need it.

EXTRA: the place to go if you’re having some kind of trouble or you want to go deeper. Faqs, official blogs, data processing and data visualization.

There’s much more we can do with it. Let’s start!


Facebook Pros: enhanced profile pics

The new Facebook layout let customers have fun with personalization. All of a sudden there’s plenty of new services: I used FacebookTiles to create the effect that made Alexandre Oudin famous.

You can drag and drop the pic you want – only on HTML5 supporting browsers – and a graphic tool will cut the image for you. Then you will be able to upload the pics on your FB account and tag yourself in the right order.


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