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Deep Twitter Thoughts while Twitter is Down



Well, Twitter is down for the day was scheduled to go down today, but hasn’t yet, so I’m left with no outlet but this I still have Twitter as of right now to record all my deep thoughts.  I (anticipated that I would) feel a little alone without the constant background chatter.  I don’t know how Teri’s trivia turned out, if Steve’s got spa plans, or exactly how cold it is in St. Paul.  I’m fairly sure the Jeff/Zebra seesmic barrage will continue, they’ll just have to let each other know of updates somewhere else.  I hear that T-mobile has blocked tweets, so Jay is out of luck.  Next time I back over a light fixture, he won’t learn about that until hours later, instead of instantly on his phone.  The Dalton appears to be AWOL anyway, after a trip to San Diego.

What I find ironic is that I have a small processing problem in my head where – in real life – I have trouble focusing in on a single voice when there is background noise, due to a bout of meningitis when I was a kid.  And yet I love Twitter.  I can handle digital background noise, but not actual background noise.

I feel like I finally understand what happens at a large party – those places where I tend to find a seat on the side and happily observe from a distance by myself.  In real life, I’m not much for crowds as it takes enormous effort to concentrate on one person’s voice – it’s too frustrating, and often an effort in futility if the room is loud enough.  In Twitterworld, I can flit from one group chat to another, hear that digital conversation going on just behind my left shoulder, see two folks talking in the distance and not really follow along but enjoy watching their virtual hand gestures in the course of an animated discussion.

And I can turn it on and off at will.  Well, except for 10am to 10pm PST today.

Maybe it’s finding a home in blog-o-topia, or Twitter (certainly not Facebook), but I’m finding myself more social in real life as well.  There’s a whole portion of social interaction in groups that I kinda missed out on that I’m starting to learn and – horror of horrors – enjoy.  People think I’m kidding when I say my last job had me sitting in a lab, alone,  where I could go for weeks at work without needing to speak, except at group lunch.  (Consequently, I am the Minesweeper Champion, but that’s another story.)

So – in a way, Twitter is good for me.  I actually invited people over to my house tonight, and loud people at that.  It’ll be fun.  We’ll throw some ribeyes on the BBQ and… well, we’ll do some real-life twittering.

Kelley Koehler, aka the Housechick, is usually found focused on her Tucson, Arizona, real estate business. You may also find her on Twitter, where she doubles as a super hero, at Social Media Training Camp, where she trains and coaches people on how to integrate social media into successful business practices, or at, a collection of all things housechick-ish. Despite her engineering background, Kelley enjoys translating complex technical concepts into understandable and clear ideas that are practical and useful to the striving real estate agent.

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  1. Steve Dalton

    December 15, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Lol! that was perfect. I was just wondering as I watched the snow fly today, what I’d do without twittering.

  2. Andy Kaufman

    December 15, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Funny. While commuting to the office, I kept thinking of things that I would have been twittering. It’s amazing that we’ve all gotten so used to sharing our stream of conscious. I actually brainstormed a list of possible seesmic topics to talk about when I get back later tonight.

    Maybe we should just move the party over to Pownce? I’ve got 27 more invites, get em while Twitter is supposed to be down. If you need one, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to send yo one . andy at myeastbayagent dot com


  3. Maureen M.

    December 15, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    I went looking for you and Teri… on Twittier…

    Twitter took some getting used to for me but I like it now.

  4. Teresa Boardman

    December 15, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    They do have part of it down. You can’t send text messages by phone.

  5. Jonathan Dalton

    December 17, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Nice tag title …

    If I wasn’t laughing so damn hard I’d be mad.

  6. Andy Kaufman

    December 17, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Wow, that was sneaky 😉 The links are full of snark.

  7. Jay Valento

    May 12, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    What do I use Twitter for? Do I use it from my Treo?

  8. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    May 12, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Hey Jay, click here for a compilation of our who/what/when/where/why articles about Twitter and let us know if that clears it up- Twitter’s great for some people and if that’s you, let us know when you’ll be joining us!!! 🙂

  9. Rockville Real Estate

    February 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Twitter is the best.

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There’s a subreddit that is literally moving the stock market

(SOCIAL MEDIA) “You can’t change the world on Reddit all day.” Hm. Wanna bet? Some people do bet on whether a stock will rise or fall on Reddit.



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I don’t gamble. RIP to Mister Kenny Rogers, but this whole folding, holding, walking, running business is bad for my heart.

So playing the stock market is out for me, but apparently, you don’t even need an accountant to place your bets? The good, if foul mouthed, people of r/WSB aren’t just proving that, their playing and paying outside the traditional trading room is actually moving markets!

The subreddit, full name r/wallstreetbets, is 900,000 users strong, and boasts members that have been involved for years. They show off their stock market wins, losses, jokes, and opinions with varying levels of insight on all contributions.

Ordinarily, this’d just be an interesting collection of folks talking stock, but some of their threads have been shown to have an effect on share prices!

Users don’t just share what and how they’ve traded, they also gamble on what stock prices will do, without actually purchasing or selling any. Options contracts allow users to cast lots for less cash, while retaining the power to show actual purchases as hotter or colder and literally moving the temperature dial on them by word of mouth (and possibly pure conjecture) alone.

So I could hop in, put a marginal amount of money down, and say ‘Stock in Pressure Valve Company X is going to go up since more people are buying bidets in the wake of the Corona-based toilet paper hoarders, and they’re a key component’, then pepper in some off-color jokes about personal hygiene and everyone’s moms to blend in, and potentially wait to collect!


After all, not only are surges of humans looking at these bets, web algorithms and cookie crawlers are staring too. It’s chatrooms of the dotcom boom all over again, except more chaotic, more gif-laden, and more monitored by outside forces.

It’d be sinister if the vibe of the sub wasn’t ‘Take literally nothing seriously’. Try discussing ‘chicken tendies’ in a boardroom sometime and see what I mean…although the tide on that might be shifting as well.

The one forbidden thing here is actually using the forum for insider trading. Directly profiting from the rumors gets users exiled, and gets users interacting with them booted too.

Serious business actually DOES occur, who would have thought? I wouldn’t have. Which is why I don’t gamble.

It’s easy to write Reddit off as just an online echo chamber slash cesspool, but when it comes down to it, the American Psychos of the world are on the same internet as the basement-dwellers, and the gap in financial literacy between the two ends of the spectrum is pulling a reverse Pangea.

We need to start recognizing that.

I’m still staying away from 4Chan though.

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Facebook messenger gets a major facelift for speed

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook messenger has been around a loooooong time and has started to suffer from build bloat. So the new project lightspeed has redesigned it.



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If you’ve ever spent time in an old-school, family-built home, then you have an idea of what the inner workings of the Facebook Messenger app look like. It began with just a few rooms, but as the needs of the family grew, they kept adding on rooms wherever they fit until the layout no longer made sense and the home became a bloated maze.

Facebook Messenger has been suffering growing pains ever since it branched off into its own app in 2011. As the app became more popular developers worked to make it more engaging by adding new features like stickers, GIFS, and video calls.

At some point, they realized that the app had gotten away from them. The Facebook Messenger currently on your device has move 1.7 million lines of code. An app that big is slow and takes up a ton of valuable space on users devices, so the team knew it was time for a change. The project became internally as Project LightSpeed.

Facebook Messenger is a valuable app for connecting with friends, family, and business connections across the globe. You don’t even need to be Facebook friends with someone to message them making it an invaluable tool for long-distance teams or new business connections. In recent years, the app has begun to slow down making it vulnerable to competitors like WhatsApp.

The development team’s goal for the new app was to make it small, fast, and simple. In order to achieve this Facebook’s team of engineers has reduced the core code by 84%, taking the original 1.7 million lines of code down to 360,000. The new app will be about a quarter of the size of the current app.

A smaller app will load quicker and be more responsive, even if you’re using an older device or you’re in an area with lower connectivity. Current tests put the new app as being twice as fast as the current version, while keeping all the features that users have come to expect. Don’t worry, you will still be able to send your friends stickers, pictures, and obnoxious amounts of GIFs.

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Facebook wants to hear from you. Literally. For innocent reasons

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As if Facebook didn’t already own everything that is you, they are asking to hear you say a specific phrase for their new voice services.



facebook portal

Good news, Facebook is now offering to pay you to let strangers listen to you! Well, kind of.

Users connect to Viewpoints – a different app under the Facebook umbrella – which allows them to participate in market research. In this case, participants repeat the phrase “Hey Portal, call,” followed by the name of a Facebook friend, and submit the recording. The whole ordeal is about five minutes, tops.

By finishing this and other tasks, participants can expect to make a grand total of…$5. It’s not much, but at least that’s a fancy cup of coffee for work you can do while waiting for the ads to finish on your TV show.

So, why is Facebook shelling out $5 for people to make voice recordings? Surprisingly, it’s because AI is not nearly as smart as we sometimes assume – especially when it comes to voice commands. There’s a whole host of things that go into how we communicate, like posture, tone and even slang, which can make understanding vocal commands a much bigger ordeal.

In order to make improvements to the system, it often requires teams of humans putting in the leg-work. This means studying the disconnect between humans and machines, as well as creating solutions. Unfortunately, this human touch is also the excuse companies like Amazon use to justify listening in on your conversations. (Sure, users can ‘opt out’ but come on. That’s not exactly something Amazon advertises.)

As more people grow aware of the potential breach of privacy that tech like Alexa or Portal can bring, however, it’s put pressure on companies to scale back. Which is where Facebook’s new paid survey comes in. Unlike an anonymous employee listening in on a random Portal conversation, this way participants opt in, rather than out, of having their information shared.

The academic in me is slightly skeptical. There’s only so far a paid study like this can get, especially when it comes to the nuances of voice command. The conspiracy theorist in me is also skeptical, mostly because although Facebook promises they won’t sell your information or publicly share it, there’s still plenty of nefarious things to be done. That said, at the end of the day, at least Facebook isn’t just swiping information off your Portal…and you even get some pocket change in exchange.

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