Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In the Perils of Twitter

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Did you know that both Google and Facebook have hordes of real people sitting and scrubbing bad content out?

Twitter is not as big as these two.

But Twitter is often first with news - and does have some sort of grunge to its content - if and when, you connect to the right accounts.

We are convinced that Instagram right now is perhaps the best vehicle to share the joy of Floorball.

But as it comes to news - well, we think Twitter beats Instagram and Floorball is nothing but news - so we decided to focus on Twitter.

As we have said before we are also convinced that the old mass media structure is dead and instead of one node - with many listeners. We think the modern strong network with everyone connected to each other, back and forth, creates a way better and much stronger network.
It is the social network.

This means that we must follow back all others following us. It also means we must toss out all accounts - not following us back, or not just being active enough. We must aim for a coefficient as close as possible to one - in our followers/following ratio. Then we should also somewhat actively follow interesting accounts that connects to floorball, or related fields..  The last is a tedious task that we do not spend too much time on.

OK that is a bit of our twitter strategy and our understanding of the media.

However over the last couple of weeks - we have had rather good following from new followers, but a new trend has shown up that we do not like.

As following is high and steady - we try to keep some sort of a strategy to follow accounts back directly. But recently several of these accounts suddenly belong to either a macabre collection with either explicit physical sex or gruesome pictures of violence showing up as disturbing pictures hidden among some nicer ones. This becomes suddenly a problem if you are not aware about it and open twitter in a public place on your phone.
So this is indeed a problem.

Therefore we would like to warn you about this new bad side we have encountered.

The solution will probably come from twitter itself as they also might need to scrub some accounts like Google and Facebook do. Maybe twitter needs two different channels? One clean and one free - we do not know. Yes, we have blocked a few of the bad ones and yes, we suddenly now directly slowed down our following back activity - and look more closely what the folks we intend to follow back publish. But the bad guys knows how to get around this too - feeding bad stuff into the stream via workaround RT's from more innocent tweeps.

The Internet as a whole seems to taken a turn - full blast for your eye balls. Look at old traditional decent news outlets - they are now filled with "promoted content or stories" that has nothing in their mind - but have you click through the most bizarre forms of information - News Quality is gone - and it seems like they are after just clicks - and your mind. Watch out for all "news pornographic" sites too.

Anyway, a little warning might be our best advice tonight - be careful as you follow back on twitter - look closely what images or messages that are posted before following someone back. Some nutcases are out there.
Nope, we do not use our main twitter stream - hardly at all. Instead we use search functions to find what we like.
But our main big stream, still - has a tendency to jump up when we start the phone.

Do not grow like we - do (we are true explorers) grow in your own pace - but please share the joy of #floorball.

Hey - be careful out there, ok.
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