Twitter turned on curated algorithm quietly; how to turn it off

A few weeks ago, Twitter decided to quietly turn on their long-discussed-and-tested sorting algorithm. Similar to Facebook (or Twitter’s “While You Were Gone” feature), by default Twitter timelines will display tweets using an algorithm based on who one interacts with, as well as other interests. The idea is making new readers more comfortable using Twitter. However, a … Continue reading “Twitter turned on curated algorithm quietly; how to turn it off”

My social network usage (Spring 2016)

Here’s a look at, and my thoughts on, my current social media usage. Facebook Some months ago, I shut down the Facebook page I made for this blog. Facebook’s limited the “organic” (normal, non-curated) reach of pages to nearly zero, even for those that liked the page. The idea is to get users to pay for “boosting” a post’s visibility … Continue reading “My social network usage (Spring 2016)”

Twitter to offer an algorithm-based timeline?

News came late Friday that Twitter plans its latest alteration to its service. The service plans to offer an “algorithm”-based timeline. Instead of the current real-time timeline offered, tweets will now be displayed based on “relevancy” and “timeliness.” The decision is the latest in Twitter’s attempts to both boost its popularity and appease Wall Street … Continue reading “Twitter to offer an algorithm-based timeline?”

Favorite articles roundup for week ending December 12, 2015

Here’s a roundup of interesting articles from the past week. Comics/animation This week’s Golden Globe Award nominees have been announced, including the nominees for animated feature films. Technology Despite only several weeks left in the year, everyone’s already starting their 2015 “year in review” posts. Some tech companies who’ve already done theirs: Spotify Facebook Twitter … Continue reading “Favorite articles roundup for week ending December 12, 2015”

Twitter’s 2015 year in review

Although it’s not even mid-December, Twitter’s decided it’s already time for a year in review of the events of 2015. As such, they’ve released a special wrap-up page, showing the various topics and hashtags that’ve been trending. Twitter’s also listed the top memorable topics of the year as discussed on Twitter. Most of the topics are related to politics, … Continue reading “Twitter’s 2015 year in review”

Favorite tech Twitter accounts

As a followup to my post on my favorite comic and animation Twitter accounts, here’s a post listing my favorite tech related Twitter accounts. General The Digital Reader ( A blog that largely focuses on ebooks and digital media issues. Flickr ( The popular photo-hosting website. Creative Commons ( Engadget ( A popular tech news … Continue reading “Favorite tech Twitter accounts”

Favorite comics and animation Twitter accounts

Twitter’s my favorite social network for various reasons, in spite of some of its recent changes. It’s less annoying than Facebook, there’s no curated feed as the only option, and it’s more widely used than Google+ (which I still like more than Facebook). Twitter also has a lot of interesting accounts worth following. Twitter does … Continue reading “Favorite comics and animation Twitter accounts”

Is Twitter becoming more like Facebook?

Twitter’s been under pressure for some time by Wall Street to increase its profitability. While it’s not losing money, it’s also not meeting revenue expectations. As such, Twitter’s been under pressure to increase its user base, which also isn’t growing as expected. Twitter’s trying several tactics to improve its user count. One has been offering … Continue reading “Is Twitter becoming more like Facebook?”

How #BlackLivesMatter matters: the presence of “Black Twitter”

This weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man, by police in Ferguson, Missouri. As of this writing, the anniversary is being marked by various protests once more in Ferguson, with noted figures such as Cornel West being arrested. A rally last Saturday in Seattle for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders … Continue reading “How #BlackLivesMatter matters: the presence of “Black Twitter””

Twitter to remove 140 character limit in direct messages

Twitter’s been in the tech news a lot this week. The first news story is that its CEO, Dick Costolo, will be stepping down as of July 1, with Twitter co-founder/chairman Jack Dorsey to serve as an interim CEO. The other big news more directly affecting us Twitter users: also starting in July, Twitter’s lifting … Continue reading “Twitter to remove 140 character limit in direct messages”