Tag Archives: web

On editing (not really, it’s about Mastodon)

Don’t you hate blog posts or articles that start with the subject, “On [SOMETHING]”? I know I do! I was going to write a thing about how editing books is hard because you have to look at each thing and think about it. After a thousand of these things, I have begun to stare obliquely at a comma… Read More »

Twitter Algorithms

This week’s tempest in a tweetpot is bubbling over because Twitter has announced they’re going to replace the current chronological stream we all know and love with a Facebook-like “algorithm-based timeline”. Naturally, people being people, the standard reaction is “OMG NO! CHANGE WE FEAR IT WTF!!!” followed by a stream of eggplant and hotdog emojis hitting a monkey… Read More »

Yelp and How Not to Run a Community

I used to like Yelp. Despite the occasional rumblings about “extortion” tactics[1, 2, etc], I found it to be useful. I also got a kick out of “playing the game” of checking into locations. It was fun, at least until they changed their frecency algorithm*. There were badges. My friends did it so there was a social aspect… Read More »