Rainy morning binge

Binging on Netflix on a rainy Saturday morning seems like a good way to relax.

Twitter feed balagan

Twitter probably thinks it's doing us a favour algorithmically sorting tweets but what it's really doing is creating a frustrating Twitter feed balagan.

Twitter probably thinks it’s doing us a favour algorithmically sorting tweets but what it’s really doing is creating a frustrating Twitter feed balagan.

Alice Coldfuss on the Twitter feed mess
Algorithmic Twitter feed balagan

One of the reasons I use Twitter so much more than Facebook (which I barely use, such that when I do open the Facebook app, I frequently see messages from Facebook trying to reassure me that it’s safe to return) is that Twitter has historically let me just see tweets in reverse chronological order.

Sure, Twitter also has a sort of “featured tweets” section at the top of my feed. For the most part, that’s ok, because I can scroll down to see everything else. That doesn’t happen anymore. If I look at a sampling of my Twitter feed (below*), it’s a mess. I have tweets presented in random time order and I’m not even sure if that is all of them.

Twitter may be doing this because they realise that users who follow a lot of people hardly ever see everything. Or something. At the same time, don’t mess with what I do get to see. This algorithmic approach to presenting my Twitter feed just kills the value for me.

At the moment, the only thing that keeps me returning to Twitter is because I haven’t worked out how to follow all the awesome people who make it worthwhile, outside Twitter (yet). As soon as I figure that out, the Twitter app will join Facebook in Phone Limbo.

*Here’s that Twitter feed sample, if you’re interested. Look at the timestamps:

A sample of my mess of a Twitter feed.
A sample of my mess of a Twitter feed.

You know it’s been a long day when …

Another one of those days ...

You know it’s been a long day when … you’re standing at the bus stop waiting for a bus with your earbuds in and it takes you about 10 minutes to realise you forgot to start the music.

Star Trek and Star Wars

It's ok to be both a Star Trek and Star Wars fan, right?

As much as I enjoy Star Trek, the Star Wars universe is s much more diverse and interesting in its diversity.

You don’t see Twitter down very often

You don't see Twitter down very often. I thought I'd capture the moment. And then go back to work.

I just tried to look up an actress on Twitter and saw this little graphic. You really don’t see Twitter down very often. The one thought I have is to check to see where people are expressing their panic about Twitter being down and then I realise two things:

  1. Twitter will be back up soon and we’ll be back to #normal; and
  2. Twitter being down isn’t such a big deal, for the most part. It means everyone has a forced break and a chance to actually talk to each other; step outside and see where they are walking and a number of other things.

I remember the #FailWhale days a few years ago. This is just a reminder that these things can happen. Of course the irony is that when I publish this questionably useful post, most of my usual readers won’t see it. Because, well, Twitter is down.

Right, moment over. Back to work.

Pushing my linguistic envelope

I'm nearing the end of my ulpan classes and my teacher is pushing my linguistic envelope a little. He sent me a relatively advanced text about my city, Modi'in, and suggested I present to my class about it tonight.

My teacher was so impressed with my blog post about Hebrew being the key to my Israeli identity that he sent me a somewhat more advanced text about my home city, Modi’in and suggested I read it and discuss with my class.

Pushing my linguistic envelope

Pushing my linguistic envelope a little although I’m amazed at how much I can learn from a brief text written at a higher level.

No pressure …


If you haven’t read my post yet, here it is:

Finding my Israeli identity in Hebrew

Are blog-centric status updates feasible yet?

Just thinking about the story on The Guardian about protecting the open Web that I linked to earlier, I’m curious what a blog-centric status update model would look like?

I have a couple IndieWeb plugins installed on this blog which bring actions like Twitter likes, retweets and (theoretically) Facebook likes and comments back here. I haven’t seen Facebook actions replicated here but the idea is interesting. It opens the possibility to that whole distributed social Web model IndieWeb strives for but using a WordPress blog like this one.

Always be in beta

I just noticed this IBM SmarterWorkforce tweet and love it:

If you are wondering about the woman in the photo, she is the inspirational Max Kaizen who I always think about when the topic of continuous improvement comes up.