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Howard Tayler - "You talk too much."
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"You talk too much."
My friend Tex, a regular at Dragon's Keep, is on Facebook. We friended each other, and then about a week later I got a Facebook message from him de-friending me.

"Sorry, man. You tweet so often I can never see anybody else's updates because they've scrolled off the bottom."

This, believe it or not, is the very first time anybody has told me they can't be my friend because I talk too much.

So I explained to Tex that he can hide my updates by checking a little box. This way he can tune me out and still be my friend.

(Note: I suspect that this is what all my friends do in real-life.)
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unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 11th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, this is why I don't understand the use of Twitter to anyone who actually has something substantive to say, as you do.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: July 11th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recently joined twitter, and as a friend of mine has said, it works very well for what it was intended for; telling your buddies what bar is hopping tonight.

Other than that, in 140 chars about all it's good for is pointing your friends to websites or photos. It is good for that. But it doesn't really do anything that LJ doesn't do, and the 140 char limit means it's pretty useless for saying anything useful on its own.

Heck, I can't even say "hello" in 140 chars. I mainly joined Twitter so that I could set my location to Tehran and throw some sand in the gears of the Iranian security forces that were trying to shut down political twittering.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 11th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have some doubts about the efficacy of the tactic, but I applaud the sentiment behind it. :)
ccdesan From: ccdesan Date: July 11th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love it. Anything to fill up the works with hqiz is a Good Idea.

>Heck, I can't even say "hello" in 140 chars Speak Old Entish, do we?
zenkitty_714 From: zenkitty_714 Date: July 12th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've managed to get some substantive posts in 140 characters. It's like a (badly needed) writing exercise for me - to cut out the excess verbiage, and say it as simply and quickly as possible.

Of course, I only have like 7 followers on Twitter. It's not really a venue for soliloquies.
ambassadorona From: ambassadorona Date: July 12th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with your idea, but I'm sure it won't do as much damage as you would like.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: July 12th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never thought it would. Like most things we do as political protest, they don't really make any difference, they just make us feel good.

There's some possibility that if a few hundred thousand of us did this, it could cause them enough inconvenience that they give up and find some other way to harass people.
ccdesan From: ccdesan Date: July 11th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Psh. I had to unfollow a colleague over at twitter - 3 pages of nothing but her tweets? I mean, she's a nice lady and all that, but hqiz! Enough is really enough. You don't even come close...
delosd From: delosd Date: July 11th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excuse me? Did you say something? :)
misterflames From: misterflames Date: July 11th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't hear anything. grin
jenil From: jenil Date: July 11th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does that mean that fb tells you when someone has defriended you?

Oh shucks, I was hoping to do this discreetly... :/ (my acquiantance is... as bad as she was in high school, sigh, I should never have accepted).
howardtayler From: howardtayler Date: July 12th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
No, but Tex was worried that it might, so he apologized pre-emptively.
zenkitty_714 From: zenkitty_714 Date: July 12th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can de-friend people on Facebook and they won't know it? Oh, hallelujah. I hate Facebook. I wish my actual friends on it would move to LJ or even Twitter, so I could quit.
comatosedreamer From: comatosedreamer Date: July 11th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quite the opposite for me -- I generally have to dig through everyone else to find the tweets from you :)
ambassadorona From: ambassadorona Date: July 12th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have so many friends I have the same issue.
sandratayler From: sandratayler Date: July 12th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry. Did you say something?
sandratayler From: sandratayler Date: July 12th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Sigh. I was beaten to the punchline. I should probably read all the comments before making jokes.
misterflames From: misterflames Date: July 12th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
You're his wife, hon. It's expected that you've been filtering his verbiage for years. You're just listening to those danger signs, like you do with the kids and those menacing silences, so that you can preemptively prevent too much in the way of doom.

Just let him play with his dollies, and he'll be fine.
ambassadorona From: ambassadorona Date: July 12th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL yeah, that's about how it works some days. I often have to ask my husband to repeat himself because I don't have the brain capacity to hear him and the rest of the world at the same time.
stanmanx From: stanmanx Date: July 13th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
You may also want to let him know that you can create friend groups on Facebook. It's a nifty feature that isn't very noticeable with the new layout. When you log in, there are a bunch of links on the left like "Photos" and "News Feed", and underneath that is a link that says "+Create" -- that's the magic button to start placing your friends and acquaintances into neat categories.
cmzero From: cmzero Date: July 14th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
What I'd like to know how to do is ignore all those polls.
From: eroomjt Date: September 15th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

updating my facebook

Thanks for the tip!
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