Ten ways to make me unfollow you on Twitter

Posted by admin on Nov 13, 2010 in geekery, lists


I love Twitter. Initially dubious about the service, I quickly discovered it was so much more than people updating you on what they’d had for breakfast, and started to find it a great resource for breaking news stories. Through it I’ve made great contacts, had access to fab info, and even made IRL friends. I see it as a great way to reach people you wouldn’t normally have access too, broaden your circle of webby goodness, and access experts when needed in special fields- I’ve had library help and legal help via Twitter. Some people haven’t quite got the hang of good Tweet-i-quette though, so bear the following in mind if you want to stay on my Friends list.

Number One: The tweet what you eat-er

Thanks to my snobbery against people relaying their food intake in minute detail, it’s unlikely you were doing this when I first followed you. Whatever made you interesting or unique has vanished with your recent diet, and one more –apple, 50k, ten minute walk will having me hitting Unfollow quicker than Rorschach smashing a mirror.

Number Two: You don’t update enough

Whilst not an offense in its own right, whenever I have a clearout of my Twitter account- using UnTweeps, I see who has been inactive for a while, and if it has been 3 months and no action, well…

Number Three: The constant show off

I’m really happy things are going well, and you’re dining morning, noon and night at the Dorchester/Ivy/ Soho Hotel. I DON’T need a constant reminder of how cool and successful you are, nor twitpics of all the foodie delights you’re enjoying- unless very spectacular.

Number Four: The paid to promo tweeter

Some companies have recently been paying influential tweeters CASH per tweet, which is why you might find so many suddenly professing their love for washing powder/lipstick/add your own bugbear here. I don’t like it, as you’re not aware they’re being paid for it, it feels very false.

Number Five: The Live Tweeter

We’ve had live blogging, but now live tweeting is happening, second by second updates on goings on.  It may work in an article (which is constantly refreshed) but for a Apprentice final or Apple conference.. nope. Less is more people- salient facts only. Read more…

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Musical geek mash-up brightens up the day

Posted by admin on Jul 23, 2009 in geekery

Combining two of my favourite things in life (musical theatre and the internet) is genius, and I smiled the whole way through this video!!

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Dot Com Doom: Is it all over for Internet startups?

Posted by admin on Apr 4, 2009 in geekery, opinion, technology

burst-your-bubbleOnce people couldn’t get enough of Internet start-ups. Companies  moved from cynical to seriously obsessed and it seemed every day a hot new site was starting with investors ready to splash the cash to get a piece of the digital pie. But recently we’ve seen a turn for the worst, and it’s not just the falling economy that’s led to the downward spiral of success of the once salutated sites.

Earlier this year Gawker media, a SF startup that spearheaded the dot come boom abandoned many of their flagship titles, fired staff,  and reluctantly joined the gradual disintegration of the online market. It seems the dot com business is no longer as profitable as it was, nor is it attracting the investors/advertising revenue so it has fallen into a catch 22 trap.

But why has this happened? When sites flourish in terms of traffic you’d automatically assume these figures would be followed by cold hard cash, but that’s not the case? Is it the fault of the bedroom blogger- the whimsical at home writer whose words devalue those that are paid for? Or could it be that though the model looks positive, making money off free content is harder than previously thought? Read more…

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