Dear Mr. Know-It-All: Someone Is Hate-Retweeting Me. What Should I Do?3 days ago
I think someone is hate-retweeting me. She has 25 K followers! Should I call her out?
Easy. Couldn’t be easier. Hate-favoriting and hate-retweeting is childish behavior. So if you want to be bold, by all means call her out. And if you want to be less bold but perhaps guys more efficient, only block her: Game over.
And yet, can I be honest? This may be the most subtly amazing topic I’ve ever had to pretend to be a know-it-all about. Because if I push merely a bit on your premise, it all goes soft. I can see ancillary dilemma, qualifications, and niggling unknowns pile up until the kind of clear, objective truth I’m required to find get hopelessly boxed in. There’s a lot here to pick apart. Let’s start with the corrosive, discombobulating nature of spite.
Ever heard of the Spite Fence? Go back to 1876. San Francisco’s Big Fourthe four main bazillionaire railroad baronsall decided to build mansions on a scenic, empty hilltop: Nob Hill. At least, it was mostly empty. Bounded within the large property purchased by one of these magnates, Charles Crocker, was a little house on a small, separate parcel owned by an undertaker named Nicholas Yung. Crocker wanted Yung gone; Yung wouldn’t sell. Crocker, bewildered that his fund hadn’t made this inconvenience go forth, maintained making offers. Yung maintained declining. So Crockerovercome with spitestarted a flame war. Or a wall war.
Crocker constructed his manor. Then he built a 30 -foot-high wall on his land that effectively surrounded Yung’s property. It shut out the sunlight. It shut Yung in. It was ridiculous appearing, and people came from all over to gawk at it. There was a kind of class warfare brewing in the city at the time, and one activist pamphlet singled out Crocker’s fence as a very obnoxious symbol of the domineering spirit of the wealthy. The San Francisco Chronicle called the Spite Fence an inartistic monument of bitternes and a commemoration of malignity and malevolence. Yet Yungthe simple mortician, just wanting to live their own lives, in his housedidn’t sell. The mortician was himself essentially buried, though still aboveground. But he just took it, took the high road, and let that towering manifestation of Crocker’s out-of-control id speak for itself. Yung never even retaliated, though he thought about it. His wife said, There are some things to which people like ourselves do not care to stoop.
You must feel like Nicholas Yung: tweeting through their own lives in a pure, happy-go-lucky route, only to ensure a wall of spite building up in this other person’s timeline, one hateful retweet at a time, to rebuke you. And like I told at the outset: How nasty that is; how immature. But why do you think these likes and retweets are hate-likes and hate-retweets, as opposed to supportive likes and supportive retweets? What would result you to this conclusion? I can’t help but wonder if there’s something you’re not telling meif you yourself fret there’s an arrogant, airheaded, obnoxious, or self-congratulatory tone to what you’re tweeting, the sort of stance that typically elicits that kind of resentment online. Are you, for example, relentlessly issuing tidbits like So lucky my newborn sleeps for 12 hours each night !!!!!! Almost enough time for tantric sexuality with my amazing partner! or Just had lunch with Bon Jovi! #blessed?
I’m not saying you are. I’m just wondering. Honestly. I don’t want to blame the victim. My phase is, the victim of one various kinds of obnoxiousness can be a perpetrator of another. You ought to give that a hard suppose and figure out which side of this Spite Fence you’re actually standing on, before you poke your head over and start shouting.
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Twitter’s latest feature tries to identify your BFF12 days ago
Twitter thinks it has identified your BFF. The company is currently testinga new feature that they are able to highlight the tweets from a select, single account that Twitter thinks youll want to see. Yes: a single persons tweets will get their own special place on your timeline. The feature is similar to Twitters In Case You Missed It which rounds up the tweets from thoseaccounts you more regularly be participating in, or others Twitter thinks you might like.
And like In Case You Missed It, you can dismiss thisnew BFF module when it appears. This will indicate to Twitter that you want to see this feature less often.
Twitter confirmed the test is underway for select users on iOS, Android, and the web.
The account it chooses to show you is based on a number of signals like how often you engage with the account in question. Repeat engagement is also used to determine whether or not Twitter shows you the module at all.
Originally merely a chronologically-ordered feed of information, Twitterhas taken steps over the years to make its service more approachable, and its always testing out new ways to boost tweets, likes, and retweets.
As a part of these efforts, Twitter has tried to distance itself from the chronological timeline, to one thats more algorithmically ascertained. The companyhas not gone as far as Facebook in completely re-ordering the content it displays. Instead, it pushes tweets it thinks you wouldnt want to miss up to the top of the screen, to be shown when you return to its app after being away.
This is where youll find the new module, as well, if youve been opted in.
Its unclear how well Twitter has correctly figured out whose tweets you want to see the most, however.
But those who are in the experimentation now seem to find it funny that Twitter is pointing them to the tweets from a single individual.
Jokes one Twitter user, I dont guess I like anybody enough to justify this new feature youre trying.