Serious question


This is a “Promoted” tweet. An ad. But… for… ?

I assume it’s an ugly political-deception ad trying to pass as A Regular Twitter Grandpa. Still, what signal is generated for the ad buyer? “Twitter users who click this are valuable targets for our messaging about _.”


What I read in August 📚

The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, Usman T. Malik - I went looking for more M.E.-flavored short SFF and found this, which I liked.

tumblr & m.b

Manton said, ”…the more I’ve used Tumblr in the last couple of weeks, the more I think about Tumblr as a community first and a blog host second.”

(a) I had a very-lightly-used Tumblr blog for about a year before I realized that the fun part was the dashboard, not your own blog. Once I figured that out and started making Tumblr pals, I forgot about the actual blog entirely. I haven’t looked at or linked to it in years, though my Tumblr dash is my #1 social media ”place,” ranking well ahead of Twitter or Instagram. (I think my wife skims it sometimes; I’m not sure how much context is lost when my posts appear alone, without the rest of my dash above-and-below them.)

(ß) Thinking about (1) and together, I’ve been pondering a post explaining to my Tumblr pals. ”It’s two things in one, just like Our Tumblr is; there’s the part where you have a blog, except none of us are really using that part, and there’s the part where your stuff shows up in a feed alongside the stuff from your ’followings’. And also it’s $5/mo.”

(ç) Actually, (ß) might be that post. Boom, done.

(4) Marginally related: when I was first futzing around with, I tried sending my Tumblr RSS feed into it, and the result was mostly a mess. m.b’s (understandably(!) narrow) focus on text and images meant that other kinds of content were getting lost in the XML… particularly audio and YT stuff, which makes up a fair amount of my Tumblring. To re-visit, maybe…

Bench @ Merchants' Row

Bench @ Merchants' Row

I keep finding benches I thought I’d covered in my “every bench in Southwood” project, but they’re not on the map when I double-check.

I listen to things, 3

@ftrain on the Vergecast

Listening to Paul Ford and Nilay Patel talking about online communities. They’re talking about small groups of people who share Plex passwords, and log into each other’s Plex servers to watch pirated TV/movies/etc.

I’ve used Plex for years and it has never occurred to me to share the password or get a password for someone else’s. Plex is just its own thing, for me, like my TiVo or my iTunes collection.

I’m reminded of Google Reader shutting down and the howls from people who said “I made so many friends on GR! How can you take it away?!!” I had never noticed the social part. I was just using it to skim as many headlines as I could. ”Whaddya mean there’s people chatting, under the hood?”

Always missing the fun part, that’s me!

They’re also discussing Dunbar’s number, and that in Paul’s opinion a fun community really should probably max out at 30, which is not enough to pay the bills, if you’re trying to monetize the group.

Tumblrrs seems like it’s the right size, to me.

(UPDATE: a couple of minutes later Paul mentions “private Slacks” for just goofing off with friends. Phew.)

What I read in July 📚

Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar. I loved the last book he wrote; I skimmed the second half of this one in about 30 minutes. Not my thing.

That’s it. Lousy month, almost exclusively eaten by a dumb web-app project.


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