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Twitter as weapon

by Richard on November 16, 2012

#IDF v #Hamas: the new Gaza war in 140 characters or less
By Mat Hardy, Deakin University
The hostilities between Israel and Hamas this week are just another sad exchange of munitions of no benefit for anyone, least of all the impoverished residents of Gaza. Rockets go one way, Hellfire missiles go the other. Targeted killing, random [...]


The ups and downs of crowd-sourced news

by Richard on April 27, 2012

Many regular readers will be aware that my friends in the United Methodist Church have been meeting in Tampa, Florida (lucky things!) for the four yearly General Conference. They have followed the lead of the British Methodist Church by having a live video feed of proceedings and, perhaps more importantly, there has been a lot [...]


The right answer to the wrong question?

by Richard on March 28, 2012

Equal Marriage: the right answer to the wrong question? #BigRead12 (@nedlunn)
— The BigBible Project (@bigbible) March 28, 2012

(Posted as an experiment with a new Twitter feature, but it points to a useful contribution to the ‘gay marriage’ debate, albeit one I ultimately disagree with)


Blogging in the news

by Richard on May 29, 2011

The BBC reports that South Tyneside Council is taking Twitter to court in the US to force them to reveal the identity of blogger Mr Monkey. It isn’t clear to me why Twitter should be the one facing the action, since the blogger in question (who has had at least two ‘incarnations‘) is hosted by [...]


Tweets are public? Who knew?

by Richard on February 8, 2011

The Guardian: PCC right to rule against the woman who put the twit in Twitter
On the one hand, this is so blindingly obvious that it shouldn’t have needed saying. On the other, I wonder what it means for those with private accounts?


When I post something here, it automatically goes out on Facebook and Twitter. That seems to be a good way of keeping in touch with as many of my friends as possible. However, it does divide the coversation. Comments left on Facebook can’t be seen here, and comments here don’t get added to Facebook. Tweets [...]


by Richard on February 10, 2010 is a new entrant onto the social media scene. It is designed to be a hub for your twitter, facebook, blogger and all the rest of it. I gather that the plan is to add more services in time. Phil Bradley describes it as a potential challenger to trwitter and he’s not someone I’d [...]

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A genuine use for Twitter

by Richard on January 6, 2010

#uksnow: make your own snow reports via Twitter.
Thanks to Dave Warnock


UK civil servants get advice on tweeting

by Richard on July 28, 2009

The White House may or may not like Twitter but it appears that the flavour of the month microblogging service is now officially endorsed by the UK government.
New government guidance has been published urging civil servants to use the micro-blogging site Twitter.
Launched on the Cabinet Office website, the 20-page document is calling on departments to [...]


Tweet tweet

by Richard on February 27, 2009

I’ve been pretty sceptical about Twitter. It didn’t seem possible that messages confined to 140 characters could be useful. And yet I find myself drawn into an oddly compelling world. If you’ve tried it and didn’t ‘get it’, I felt much the same way. Stick around, and your patience will pay off.
I wonder if 12seconds [...]



by Richard on February 26, 2009

Speaking of Twitter, I’ve succumbed to the charms of a sidebar gadget over there on the right. I might well regret it, but I thought it would be worth trying to bring these things together. We’ll see how it goes.


God, in 140 characters

by Richard on February 26, 2009

A post on Twitter has to be 140 characters or less. @Liturgy asks ‘what the word “God” means to you’, within the confines of a Twitter post. The responses are gathered here.
What would you have said?



by Richard on December 2, 2008

I’ve been enjoying, found recently through twitter.
I just thought you should know.


Twitter blog

by Richard on November 10, 2008

I see that Darren Rowse has started a blog about using Twitter effectively. I’ve got a Twitter account, but I confess I still don’t see the point of it.
Darren’s evidently getting alot of readers, so it obviously makes sense to somebody. But not, sadly, to me.
Can anyone explain?



by Richard on January 21, 2008

I’m not entirely sure I get the whole social networking thing. Facebook, as I mentioned in a comment the other day, leaves me feeling pretty bewildered.
Prompted by this article, I thought I’d have a look at twitter, so I have an account, but twitter is even more puzzling than Facebook.
Am I too old? Can someone [...]