Twitter: Watch Out!
Guard your information from the long arms of Twitter.
Caveat:I still do not understand all the hoopla about twitter. The amount of text one can enter on a single twitter entry is only a few words, which means those who have a lot to say would have to keep adding one entry after another. One way to get around that would be to create the entry on a link on a blog and link it on twitter. In fact, that seems to be the way most bloggers are using twitter: updating their daily blog entries on twitter. But they still have to enter one link at a time … time wasting. I would probably have been willing to copy and paste onto my twitter account my blog entries for a specific day if I could just copy them all and dump them all at once! But I certainly do not have the desire or the time to keep going to twitter to update the contents of my blog entries - one link at a time! But it does not seem to hinder some famous bloggers such as whatreallyhappened.com and others. Check them out on twitter.
I keep scratching my head to get a hint as to why this twitter business has gotten fame in such a short time? What else could it be besides what I have described below on this link? There are in fact so many other innovations that are worth being elated about. Newsreaders and rss feeds come to mind. Reading daily articles via Newsreaders has saved me hundreds if not thousands of hours over the years! There are others that I have listed on the top of my blog under the link titled [how to]. Chances that I would ever recommend 'twitter' on that list is nil.
Caveat: Do not use your very precious email address to sign up for twitter. You are required to provide to twitter an email address and your password to that email address. What I watched in horror immediately after my account was created was a large number of email addresses (in my case several thousand) that twitter displayed on my screen! What it did was that it accessed all the email addresses from the sent-folder to whom an email was sent from that email address! It was then asking me to invite those people to join twitter! I immediately copied and pasted those email addresses and had a look at them. I was not even aware that I had that many email addresses and did not recognize some of them. There is a reason for that. From time to time, I do write email messages to the authors of some articles either complimenting them for a great article (rare) or chastising them for their deliberate lies - especially on the question of Palestine (not so rare!) Some on that email list were very personal contacts. Would I have provided a certain treasured email address if I knew that twitter would have free and unfettered access to my email contacts? Of course not! It would be safer for people to just create a brand new email account (such as 'email@example.com') and then create your twitter account. Twitter would then go to your sent folder only to find it completely empty! Poetic justice! For those who already fell fictim to twitter by providing it a treasured email account, it would be wise to immediately after change your password to that email address so that twitter would not have access to the contents of that email address.
I stumbled upon this twitter account by sheer accident. I am posting it here because it is very typical of what 'twitter' is about. The account holder appears to have lots of 'twitter followers'. Why would anyone want to follow this person? Twitter was created just for this sort of posting: people posting the events of their lives on a daily basis for others to see. But why should I care how this 'twitter' spends her hours?
# just watched Gone in 60 Seconds, man I never get tired of that movie. Nothing like the roar of a 67 Shelby GT 500, oh its like heaven :)9:50 PM Jul 26th from web
#Radiologist said I did not fracure or sprain/strain my shin. I have hydroxyapatite deposition disease in my knee.11:39 AM Jul 26th from web
#Just watched National Lampoon's Blackball on Hulu, good movie11:33 PM Jul 25th from web
#Iced the crap out of my knee & took Ibprofen so I could take Chloe to I-Hop. Poor kid is going crazy with daddy gone and mommy all gimpy.2:32 PM Jul 25th from web
#Has too much to do and now I can't do any of it b/c of my stupid shin possibly being fractured :(9:39 AM Jul 25th from web
#I forgot how much crutches SUCK!!!!!!!!!! My hands and arm pits are sore :(12:23 PM Jul 24th from web
#I have managed to cause Inflammation of the quadriceps insertion point and now I need a brace..It REALLY hurts and it sucks :(5:24 PM Jul 23rd from web
#is having a really hard time picking a monologue....oh well, the quest continues :)10:54 PM Jul 21st from web
#Working hard and thinking a glass of wine after the kid goes to bed tonight is in order to help relax.1:56 PM Jul 21st from web
#listening to Barry White while I work on chart and bill out insurance10:40 PM Jul 20th from web
#Pushed Play super hard even though I feel like utter butt & got an hour long workout done in 45 mins. Now I am back at the office working.7:22 PM Jul 20th from web
#off to bed10:38 PM Jul 19th from web
#Just got home from Derby Wars at the Budweiser Event Center5:49 PM Jul 19th from web
#My crotch is so freaking sore from spinning yesterday. I need to go buy some of those padded pants.12:48 PM Jul 18th from web
#every possible thing that could go wrong IT wise on the first day of the new system went wrong. Chuck E. Cheese here we come :)5:18 PM Jul 17th from web
#@hardcoreheather you can say that again sister9:30 AM Jul 16th from web
#is here, thats about the best I can offer right now.9:02 AM Jul 16th from web
#just got home from the office, off to bed now...Night :)2:51 AM Jul 16th from web
#@hardcoreheather uh oh, whats wrong sweetie?11:13 PM Jul 15th from web
#Just worked out with Megan and really pushed, I feel GREAT!!!12:41 PM Jul 15th from web
I created my 'twitter' account when the 'twitter buzz' was buzzing around - i.e. when it was first launched but the account sat there with no entries for many months. I decided to delete my account and here is the message from twitter.
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I decided to restore my account and contrary to their early message being unable to restore your account with the same username, I managed to do so in a matter of a couple of minutes. So why does twitter say one cannot restore an account after one deletes it and yet allow you to do so? Who knows and who cares!
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Yes, I did notice the way twitter spells 'received'!
Here is my only entry on twitter on June 23, 2009 after the account remained with no entries at all for many months ... did not even know how to spell 'twitter' ... spelled it 'tweeter'. Why does the same message bearing the exact date and time appear twice at my twitter account 'twitter.com/ziomania'? I don't know and I don't care!
I am confused about tweeter! I signed for a tweeter account a while back, months ago but never came back and signed on. So here we go . ...10:58 AM Jun 23rd from web
am confused about tweeter! I signed for a tweeter account a while back, months ago but never came back and signed on. So here we go . ...10:58 AM Jun 23rd from web
How to do 'this and that' on your twitter account.
This is from the 'settings link' on twitter Account From here you can change your basic account info, fill in your profile data, and set whether you want to be private or public.
Tips * Filling in your profile information will help people find you on Twitter. For example, you'll be more likely to turn up in a Twitter search if you've added your location or your real name. * Change your Twitter user name anytime without affecting your existing updates, @replies, direct messages, or other data. After changing it, make sure to let your followers know so you'll continue receiving all of your messages with your new user name. * Protect your profile to keep your Twitter updates private. Approve who can follow you and keep your updates out of search results. Twitter with SMS Sending updates to Twitter while you're away from your computer makes things much more interesting. It's all done through text messages (aka "SMS"), which you probably use all the time anyway, so there's not much to learn. Twitter doesn't charge anything for this, but standard text messaging rates or bundles may apply from your carrier. If you use your mobile in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada or New Zealand you can also receive updates via SMS. You can text "OFF" to stop receiving and "ON" to start again.
Twitter with SMS Sending updates to Twitter while you're away from your computer makes things much more interesting. It's all done through text messages (aka "SMS"), which you probably use all the time anyway, so there's not much to learn. Twitter doesn't charge anything for this, but standard text messaging rates or bundles may apply from your carrier. If you use your mobile in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada or New Zealand you can also receive updates via SMS. You can text "OFF" to stop receiving and "ON" to start again.
New Follower Emails: Email when someone starts following me Direct Text Emails: Email when I receive a new direct message Email Newsletter: I want the inside scoop—please send me email updates!
Account From here you can change your basic account info, fill in your profile data, and set whether you want to be private or public. Tips * Filling in your profile information will help people find you on Twitter. For example, you'll be more likely to turn up in a Twitter search if you've added your location or your real name. * Change your Twitter user name anytime without affecting your existing updates, @replies, direct messages, or other data. After changing it, make sure to let your followers know so you'll continue receiving all of your messages with your new user name. * Protect your profile to keep your Twitter updates private. Approve who can follow you and keep your updates out of search results.
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Are you looking for a lost relative or a lost friend? Not to worry! It looks like twitter is busy compiling a database of everyone on the planet who willingly but foolishly provides them with their personal information to store and to be retrieved by anyone lse!
The most famous twitter account holder is probably Barack Omaba. Check out his twitte account at www.twitter.com/Obama