I am writing a story on the Twitter API, and I am curious how others see it, and wanted to solicit some quotes for my story. If you are interested --- Why was the Twitter API Important? Or if you feel, why was it not i mportant?

@jbminn I spend lots of time on filters, but many accounts alternate their fingerprint and bypass.

@jbminn I'd also like clean up automatically everything after 12 months.

@jbminn Yeah, I don't care about my history. Anything I need I have saved. I just want a flush.

I have spent considerable time cleaning up my Gmail and Google docs because I am getting the big red warning about storage. I've used their data management tools and various interfaces. It is clear they don't want me to clean up my date -- just upgrade. They make it real hard, and every turn -- you should just upgrade.

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The next time you use any navigation device, software or Google Maps thank Dr. Gladys West. Her contributions to the mathematical modeling of the shape of Earth, and her work on the development of the satellite models that were eventually incorporated into  the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. #BlackMastodon #BlackHistoryMonth

@andypiper Appreciated. I have a couple milestones in my head from memory, but can't pinpoint specific stories. I'll keep scratching. Just trying to build a timeline from 2006 on of meaningful milestones, announcements to learn from.

@remotesynth That is probably the next announcement coming, huh?

I really hate when people limit pagination on blogs. On the Twitter blog I can only paginate back to 2015, then it stops.

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Every hashtag on every post on every platform should ALWAYS be pascal case (a.k.a. camel case). I made this to illustrate how screenreaders read hashtags depending on whether they are lowercase or pascal case.

It’s a small thing that all of us can do to build a more inclusive, accessible internet for all. Please take the time to use pascal case.

#Accessibility #WebAccessibility #Usability #Readability #Hashtags #SocialNetworking #Blogging #UX

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#Netflix has unveiled the details of its new anti-#PasswordSharing policy, detailing a suite of complex gymnastics that customers will be expected to undergo if their living arrangements trigger Netflix's automated enforcement mechanisms:


If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:



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Not going to lie, Twitter killing off free API access hits me in the feels. I remember with great affection the flood of creativity that happened after we opened up the API, and it's heartbreaking to see that unceremoniously strangled.

I'm relieved that we've got better alternatives, though. While this is perhaps the final straw for many bots on Twitter, it's been a long time coming and the API has long been hobbled compared to the early days. Open protocols or bust. ✊

This will be the only thing you ever see me cross post from that other site. Only because it has broken my heart. This was the most important API out there. I love and hated it.

Whenever you use an acronym you are saving your time and taking it from others. - @zdne

@kboyd just had to rub on tree. Guessing find the right waffle faced stone to cook on too. ;-)

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Thousands of archivists and librarians over here gesticulating *yes, finally, we've been saying this for a decade+*

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