Goodbye Twitter. Hello Micro.Blog

I Love Twitter.  I Hate Twitter

I have always had a love hate relationship with Twitter.  I love the people and occasional interactions you can have there, but I hate the censorship and anti-customer ethos. They don't just seem to give a shot about anything.  No principles.  Everything they do is arbitrary.  And they had become more and more Facebook-like over the years. Heavy-handed with a total disregard for privacy and with a bunch of arbitrary rules that change constantly. 

I had quit Twitter more than once - but I always came back.  Well, this time Twitter quit me.

Banned!

Yes, I have been banned from Twitter for allegedly "abusive and harassing" behavior. How ironic since I am the only often asking people not to engage in personal attacks, with the common response being a profanity-laced threat or personal attack. The offending tweet was a football jest tweet sent in response to Chris Murphy, a Senator from Connecticut, hammering Tom Brady and his retirement - stating that he wants a good QB and Eli Manning was much better.  Now clearly THAT had to be a joke because anyone in their right mind would know that is notable true. Misinformation if I had ever seen it. 

In response, I chastised him for being a Giants fan and an elected official in New England (last I checked, Connecticut is in New England, even if the western coast thinks that are New Yorkers). So I let him know that he should be ashamed and run out of town 'tarred and feathered." I am guess that the tarred and feather comment is what the algorithm picked up on.And this is where robots will never be able to catch up to humans.  That whole exchange was clearly a joke and in jest. Murphy was picking on Brady and going him a hard time, and I was picking on Murphy. This isn't abuse and harassment.  Its fun and fandom.  Not to the robots though. And my account was "temporarily" suspended to "protect" other twitter users. Never mind that I had been on Twitter for since 2008 (over 13 years) made thousands of tweets and never had any complaints or issues. I was now someone who need protection from.

Useless Appeal

 I dod have the right to appeal, which I did knowing that nothing would come of it.  I was right, and got the response to my appeal just a few moments after I submitted it.  Robots again for sure. Denied, of course.  So my "temporary" suspension would stay in place. It will be investing to see how long this "temporary" suspension is - my guess os forever.  But we will see, because I cant even delete my account of wanted to. Twitter wont let me.  They left my profile and my thousands of abusive tweets up for all to see.  

There is ONE thing that I can do according to Twitter to restore my account.  Delete he Tweet ( have zero problem with that_ and admit hat I violated Twitters rules and community standards. That's not happening .. . ever. Ever. Ever. When I joke tweet gets you banned after some of the crap that O have endured over the years. I even went through a stage where I reported people threatening violence and using personal attack profanity.  Nothing ever came of it - ever.  I would check the accounts complained of month later and they would still be up. Still spewing personal attacks and profanity at everyone they didn't like.  Twitter look no action.  So no, I will not be admitting to any kind of violations of community standards because Twitter appears to have none. 

On to Micro.Blog

I have used Micro.blog in the past and like it.  It doesnt have the scope of opinions and viewpoints that Twitter does, but that is a feature not a bug. The community there's e is rally nice and considerate. I have never seen profanity (a pet peeve of mine if you haven't figured that out yet), nor ny personal attacks. Everyone is respectful and gets along.

And isnt that what social media is supposed to be about.  I was listening to a podcast today by the EFF and it spoke of the ills of social media networks - at least the ones with 2 billion plus users. The EFF's premise was that there is no way that all those people to be respectful and get along. It is never gonna happen.  Just too many people.  A better model, they surmised, was the to have smaller social groups with true common bonds that would actually interact and self-enforce community standards. A bottom up approach rather Han he current top-down approach used by Twitter and Facebook. They were smart to say that this wld only work in smaller, more persona groups though. 

So I am going to join one of these smaller social groups at Micro.blog.  May even try to set up something Mastodon too.  We will see. But I think this is farewell to Twitters - finally.  If they can even interact on a human-level with a long time customer, then I dont need Tham anymore.  All it caused was stress anyway. I'm done (or at least that account is).

Never Forget that Twitter Needs Users More Than Users need Twitter.

I think Twitter has. They will come to regret that someday.
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Currently Reading . . .

MadHouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton

This is my third Polar exploration story in the last year.  I am just fascinated by these stories from the end of the 19th century. And so far this one doesn't disappoint.  I can't get over how young some of the protagonist are. Most are in their late 20s. And life was so hard - we are so spoiled and soft now. And how far we have come.  A little over 100 years ago, we had no idea what was at the poles. None. There were also vast swaths of the globe that were unexplored: The Poles, the Amazon, The Congo, etc . . . 

Now, there is little that is unknown on this world.  Little to stimulate the imagination and the drive to discover.  We can only read about that time. Every piece of information is at our fingertips now with just a few clicks.  Not saying that either one is better, they are just different.  And it is good to appreciate how different they are.

Unfortunately, I have a feeling that his this story does not end well.  . . we will see.

Madhouse at the End of the Earth The Belgicas Journey into the Dark Antarctic NightMadhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton




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A New Year . . .

It's a new year.  

It's a time for change. I

t's a time for renewal.

Its all of those things and more. Unfortunately, I have gotten off to a slow start with a bout of COVID running through my family.  I have been sick for about 2 weeks, but am finally feeling better. The say Omicrom is "mild" but I would disagree.  It is not as dangerous as the other variants, but I would not call it "mild."  We have been stuck in the house for two weeks. No fun.  

If there was a good thing about being sick in the house, it was that I had a lot of time (when I wasn't feeling terrible) to work on house stuff. We cleaned up a room or two - rooms that have been disorganized for years - and generally started to get it in line for the upcoming year.  we talks about travel plans for this year and made some tentative decisions.  Travel, of course, will continue to be difficult.  But we can still make plans. I also got my home office cleaned up and functional for more work.  

Getting ready for the new year.  I am as optimistic as ever.  Always. 

Dune - well worth it - watching the movie next

Dune Dune 1Dune by Frank Herbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 to 5 stars. Exceptional book. Especially since it was written over 40 years ago. Original and the story holds up well even today. It is a formula that we are all familiar with: the classic Hero's Journey. As I read this, all I could think of was that this is Star Wars before Star Wars. George Lucas must have read this and used it as inspiration.

I wanted to read the book before I saw the new HBO movie (and I guess series). So that is next. But, I can say, I was aware of this book for many years but did not read it, I can say now that I am glad I did.

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