Arse clown

5 03 2015

Many of the people I have had the great fortune to meet on Twitter, have been, I’m glad to say, wonderful people. and quite a few of them have been singers who I have admired over the years.

Now, people in bands, at least those who have been around for ages, have seen a lot. they’re not easily fazed by stuff.

I mentioned that I was Furry, definitely not a thing that has bothered anyone else, but with him it was “speak to the hand”, That was interesting, because he was quite a wild child in his day. (Not Iggy, if you thought that was a clue).

He cares not a jot for anything other than his “pretty face” and his wardrobe.

Then after not tweeting for months, I see a tweet where he thinks the whole thing is boring saying he’s chucking it in, like some idiot twelve year old… who only months earlier was hot for a verified tick.

I unfollowed, stuff him, what a vapid little prick, Nobody will miss you, Sayonara.


BTW, You’ll probably take a guess, but it’s likely you’ll be wrong.


Follow me.

26 06 2014

I’ve been thinking of this for a while, and I think that I might be right, not that I consider myself a guru of social media, but I suspect this is how things work.

Imagine your social network as a chat show, and you’re the host of this show.

Most of your followers are like home viewers, they turn the TV on and are happy
to watch, but they generally don’t contribute to the show.

* Those who are new to social media sometimes find the idea of silent followers “creepy” but they are just a silent audience who enjoy the show.

The next stage up, are your studio audience. They enjoy your show, and are happy to sit quietly and watch, and will sometimes ask a question, or tell you something interesting. They may even get involved with an idea now and then, their faces will be familiar, but you’ll rarely hear from them.

Going up another notch are your regular guests, they might be monthly, weekly or daily guests. they’re the familiar faces who love to have a conversation with you fairly often, and it’s these people who help your show along, since you cannot run a show alone, and really, who’d want to?I’ve found that I have a large amount of followers, but although I am happy to chat with anyone, mostly only speak with my regulars.As a communicator, I don’t see Twitter as the numbers game that many people do, I’d much prefer interaction, but there’s nothing wrong with having 24K happy followers.




A New and Novel Type of Twitter Verification.

18 06 2014

As with most of us who use Twitter a lot, I have CRAVED the blue tick, the holy grail of Twitter crusaders.

But the only way many of us will get one is to be the red hot star of a hit Movie or become a Republican and say something dreadful.

And the way Twitter goes about handing out these ticks, is probably not the best way to do it, for them or their users.

Well I’ve given it some thought, and I think this might be a way to get it done quicker and better.

The folks at Twitter search for people who have been using Twitter for a few years, the users interact with others on a daily basis, appear friendly and helpful. and come across as, the genuine article… a real person.

Once this person has been found, they are nominated by Twitter to play the Verification game.

We will call this person Twitter has nominated, an Eagle. (Note the bird reference)

If they agree, then Twitter adds a “Swoop” icon to all Twitter pages, which can only be seen by Eagles.

The user now has the power to award any other twitter users, of their own choosing,  a single “Swoop”

They need to choose wisely, because Twitter has given them a limited number of Swoops to use, 500? 1000?

A user can only give a single Swoop to a particular person, once… they cannot give them any more than that, which in theory would stop a user giving ten of their Swoop to their significant other, boss, teen idol etc.

Then an Eagle gives someone they admire a Swoop,  the receiver gets a tweet which says something like:

“You have been Swooped by an Eagle”… But it doesn’t say who the Eagle was… probably a good thing, otherwise you’d get people begging you to Swoop them.

When any user receives ten Swoops, they get an automatic e-mail from Twitter, which is nothing more than a final check to see if the user isn’t just a bot, and bingo… they have their very own blue tick.

Unless notified, Twitter users will never know how many Swoops they have, until they’ve scored ten.

Eagles cannot give people who are verified a Swoop, the button won’t show up on their accounts, No point.

We all know people who should have been verified, and this would be a chance for the users to decide on who gets the big tick of approval.

I’m sure this could be used for practically any social network, if it was tweaked a bit for the purpose.


* Twitter would need to make clear that notifications to Eagles would be done solely on their own Twitter page, and invitations would never be e-mailed or tweeted in order to stop scammers who may try to take advantage of the idea.






17 12 2013

Sometimes, now and then, someone on Facebook or G+ posts an image of someone liking every one of their posts, which they’re a little concerned about, sometimes they find it a bit creepy.

It’s true, it can come across that way, it feels a bit like someone following you so closely that you can feel their breath on your neck.

There’s likely little to be worried about, in all likelihood they’re just a fan.

They really like you, and love all your posts, but might also see you as a bit of a rock star, and therefore won’t say anything to you for fear of embarrassing themselves.

About the best thing you can do is write back and thank them for enjoying your posts, and invite them to comment, which is a bit like offering a shy person tea and biscuits, and a chair where they can sit, mix in, and feel welcome.



The Lonely Celebrities Club.

3 11 2013

And now, a Twitter tip for those terrible people with a blue tick, celebrities and the like, I think this might be an easy way around a problem.

You’re a singer and you have thousands of followers, and somehow you managed to notice one fan who is someone “on your frequency”.

The problem is that if you are, say, Paul McCartney, and you follow four people with your account, and then you follow this lovely person too, then that person will magically end up being swamped by a lot of Paul McCartney fans *because* You, Paul, You followed them.

What you do Paul (Yes I’m talking to You), Is you make up a fake Twitter account, like FakePaulMcCartney (That’ll fool ’em) and then you follow the person who makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, with that account.

Then you chat to them with that, if they follow back, bingo, you can now consider yourselves actual friends, without wondering if the fame alone had anything to do with it.

Never post videos to Facebook

29 05 2013

Son, take a seat and let old Wolfie explain a few things to you *Puffs pipe* (promptly has a coughing fit because he doesn’t smoke) Son…(coughs some more) One should never, NEVER upload a video to Facebook.

Facebook is for talking and sharing, it’s not for photos and videos, photos and videos go on YouTube or Flickr, Like Milk goes in the fridge and Pasta goes in the panty, am I making myself clear?


Because, Son, If you were to post a video to Facebook, you won’t get nearly as many views.It works like this, If your Facebook friends see your video and they like it, they can share it with other Facebook users, which is all fine and good.

But, if one of your Facebook friends wants to share it on Twitter, and one of their friends sees his tweet and thinks the video might be fun to watch, but they don’t use Facebook, then they can’t see the video, which sucks for them because they miss out on the fun, and it sucks for you because you don’t get as many views as perhaps you’d like.

Always upload your videos to YouTube, copy the link from there, and paste that into your Facebook status, Then when someone else watches your video and wants to share it with others, all they need to do is just copy the link on your video, and paste it on their Twitter, Google+, WordPress or whatever else they may have.

That way your video can be watched and enjoyed by everyone equally, from whichever social network they use.

Make sense?

Good lad, Run along now.

*Sigh* ahh, kids today.

Old Tweetdeck Vs New

27 04 2013

Old Tweetdeck is far better than New Tweetdeck, Here’s why.