Now that Twitter is becoming a picture-led medium, it is images that are retweeted most. The most successful image that I tweeted this week was this brilliant picture, made by Chris Green on Facebook, which reached me via Paul Rodgers and Matt Hoffman.
Inevitably, someone pointed out that the bloke on the horse is John Ball, [...]
You meet all sorts on Twitter. Where else, for instance, could the Iranian foreign minister exchange public banter with the daughter of a former Speaker of the US House of Representatives? What would we do without Geoffrey Chaucer’s thoughts on Harry Potter? How would we know who was Nigel?
There’s a particularly genial and eccentric chap [...]
I have a column in The Independent today responding to Trevor Kavanagh, who wrote in The Sun on Monday about giving up Twitter (right). A person who is tired of Twitter is tired of life, I say.
The short paragraph at the end of my column, on the end of the Questions To Which The Answer [...]
This is a curious list, but I’m on it, so it must be good. It’s the PeerIndex list of the top 140 influential UK Twitter accounts. I just scrape in at number 134.
The curiosities are that I am categorised as “Entertainment/Journalism”, which I take as a Reithian compliment, and that the list says it excludes [...]
Since they got together in 2010 (getting engaged in 2011), the tweeting has been incessant. But having treated their combined haul of 1.7m followers (Warne, at 1.3m, has the larger fan club) to their everyday goings-on, they’re now being subjected to what some suspect could be their break-up.
Further to my attempt to explain three years ago, in rather more than 140 characters, why I like what is still sometimes referred to as “the microblogging website”;
and further to Caitlin Moran’s wonderful, and rather shorter, paean;
here is David Schneider in The Guardian yesterday making similar points with even more wit and brio:
I’m addicted. I [...]
Computing devices are everywhere nowadays. For many of us, life would be unthinkable without a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop. The pace at which technology is developing is rather astonishing and its impact in our modern life is possible only because in the thirties of the last century, a new science was born: computer science.
While I was away Caitlin Moran advocated a Twitter silence as a protest against people threatening violence on the internet. The Twitter silence was a silly idea, as she admitted (Times, pay wall), but I did agree with her reasons for liking Twitter:
For most people, Twitter is joyous: it’s a little group of friends in [...]
In the midst of the recent upheaval in Turkey, Prime Minister Erdogan has called Twitter the worst ‘menace’ to society. To be sure, these still hold, and while diplomats have stepped out of the halls of power and into the real world long ago, they now have to step into the virtual world ‘where the wild things are’ as well, if they want to be an effective force of good for their country.
Bless Peter Oborne. He may have a point about Michael Ashcroft’s disaffection with the Prime Minister, although, as Lord Ashcroft himself points out in reply, he commissions a lot of polling that makes the essential point many of David Cameron’s Tory critics fail to grasp, that the Prime Minister is “the party’s greatest asset”.
It is [...]
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