Even the stories are in non-chronological, non-alphabetical order. Why @instagram? Why?
#screenshot #web #ux #instagram
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My @Twitter timeline is out-of-order posts, duplicates, a complete mess @TwitterSupport. How am I supposed to consume this, let alone participate?

Screenshot of my Twitter timeline

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Trying to navigate the increasing shitshow that @Twitter is becoming…

I’ve been spending increasingly less time on Twitter, but it’s still the only way to keep up with some people I know, or find interesting. This weekend has particular tiresome, so I’m taking some extra steps…

Ads

Every 5th entry is an ad. Not much I can do about that seemingly. Twitter’s stance is never that I do not want to see ads, rather that it wasn’t showing me the right ones. This makes is fruitless to interact with the menu options for them. Now I just ‘mute’ the account that it’s from. Tricky part is when the tweet isn’t be the company, but an individual and the advertiser is “promoting” it. That means I have to mute both.

App

On my tablet I switched to Twitter Lite. This is the web version. It’s been good, especially removing the ad once muted (something the official app doesn’t too). Also it has ‘data saver mode’ which means it doesn’t fully load images or videos unless you interact with them. I’m now using that on my phone too.

Culling follow list

Since being on Twitter for about a decade now I’ve picked up a lot of accounts that no longer tweet, or even exist. Time to cut down and look at what the ones to keep are tweeting about. If it’s re-tweeting a lot of crap. Done.

Let’s hope Twitter can right itself and put measures in place to stop the downward spiral it’s on at the moment.

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Is @Flickr groups the new spammers playground?

I’ve been on Flickr for years and it’s always been pretty spam free. One of the last communities left on the web. It’s facing problems at the moment but that aside I’ve suddenly been getting a lot of spam-type around their groups feature.

screenshot of Flickr notifications panel

I get a slew of invites to join various group. All use a female name and a suggestive photo. Looking at the group home page has something weird about it. It lists a number of members, but there are none there. I assume that goes for the photos too.

screenshot Flickr Group page

Clicking on the Groups beta feedback (at the bottom of the page) takes you to a thread that’s been closed last month due to inactivity.

screenshot - Flickr Groups beta optin

I can’t find a way to block, or mute, the group to stop them inviting me again. The 2 I clicked on seem to have the same Admin, so I opted out of the beta (I hope) and blocked the Admin.

Now this could just be an over-zealous user, but it’s certainly starting feel a little unloved and empty in here.

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Tonight is the @IxDACleveland Social Event at @GoldhornBrew. Who’s in?.
https://attending.io/events/ixdacle-sept02017
#IxDACLE

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Web site updates…

Labor Day morning spent updating sites. Content changes for a friend, and adding breakpoints to IxDA Cleveland.

The breakpoints are based on content changes and not device screen sizes. This meant having Coda open and using Chrome’s Dev tools to move the screen between different sizes.

Ended up with:

  1. @media (min-width: 570px) – This pulls in the OOCSS container sizes and some margin tweaks
  2. @media (max-width: 800px) – Font sizing
  3. @media (min-width: 1024px) – Kicks in a fixed width for a container

I also have ones for @media (max-width: 570px) & @media (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px), but they’re empty at the moment.

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