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I've mentioned that Twitter annoys me. Not just the 140 character limit (which doesn't work well for people like myself), but the fact that I can't easily mute drama without muting or unfollowing entire users has gotten on my nerves.

I know a lot of people complain about Facebook's algorithmic news feed, but being able to mute topics by saying "Don't show this post" is such a useful and amazing feature for keeping away fights and politics that I don't want filling my feed. Not having to watch people complain about a politician in another country is such a nice feeling, as is getting rid of the negativity of daily drama.

Admittedly, the best way to get rid of drama would be to drop Twitter entirely, but with family and friends using it as a primary means of communication, that's rather difficult. I'm just going to avoid using it as much as possible. I have a Facebook account for news and the like.

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Spam... Spam pisses me off. It pisses everyone off. And the sites where I see it strike the hardest are those with open APIs. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and others are simply too open for their own good, so to speak.

One of my favourite social networks, Hatena Haiku, had to shut down their US service because of all of the Russian language spam that flooded the community. Almost all of it was phishing attacks in the form of unregulated soccer streams, with a few spear phishing attacks peppered throughout.

I see similar spam comments on YouTube, often imitating the very channel that owns the video they're posting the spam on. Channels like Markiplier and Game Theory will see giveaway spam posted in video comments, using their own names and avatars.

Then there's the Twitter spam. It's on a completely different level, using keyword searches to tag both users and tweets alike for replies and follows. Most of these spam accounts look like real accounts, except that they do nothing but throw out generated content. In most cases, the link in their profile leads to a phishing attack meant to hijack the user's account through OAuth.

The problem is the whole "public API access" issue. I hate to say it, but the only way to severely reduce the spam is to close the unrestricted access to those APIs. Put up more barriers to get tokens that allow for that sort of access. Even a mobile number doesn't seem to be enough.

And yes, it's completely possible for a person—or group of people—to be employed for this purpose. I'm fairly certain that's what happens on YouTube, Yahoo Groups, and many PHPbb forums. That's what moderators are for, though.

And with that, I'm done ranting.

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Social media annoys me these days.

It's not the social justice zealots. It's not the political nature of damn-near everything that the people I follow retweet. It's not even the silicone stupidity of those in the tech industry tweeting about things that they have no knowledge of.

It's the fact that social media feels more like a chore and addiction.

  • I don't have fun with Twitter, and I've completely left Facebook.
  • *diaspora and GNU Social are rather politically charged, and there's rarely anything interesting on them for my tastes.
  • reddit has become the next digg, with people who simply want to cause hell for everyone else. It's not a fun site.
  • GitHub has gone from "location for code" to "let's make coding social!" The problem is that the attitudes of people on the site make me uncomfortable even looking at it these days, and that makes it more of a chore.

The social web just feels like it's too much now. I miss the smaller communities of the forums I used to go to, and of sites like Hatena Haiku! (which is sadly discontinued due to spammers) and FriendFeed (Gone due to being acquired by Facebook). Even Google Buzz! and Yahoo! 360 didn't feel this bad.

Perhaps it's the communities in question, but I believe it's also one other piece that most of the sites share: the forced socialization aspect.

  • Twitter constantly bugs you about following others and seeing tweets you don't necessarily care about.
  • Twitter's "Quote Retweets" can't be turned off, therefore giving people the ability to bombard their followers without having to worry about the "Turn Off Retweets" option that people have had for a while.
  • Facebook constantly has a "People You May Know" area to try that you can't always dismiss.
  • GitHub has effectively turned git commits and issue reporting into a social activity with their profile feeds.
  • reddit is all about "anonymous socialization" with the news.

I don't know for sure, though. Maybe I'm just becoming more introverted. That's always been a possibility…

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Every time I turn around, I see someone in the tech industry say that developers "shouldn't even try to handle passwords themselves", and to rely on things like Google SSO, Facebook Connect, and Login with Twitter. Sadly, that's insecure as well. In fact, they're as bad as using nothing but email to authenticate someone.

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First of all, I plan on going through my Dreamwidth journal within the next few days and properly tagging most—if not all—of my past journal entries. I've needed to do this for a while, but never had time.

Second, on the subject of social networks. I still use Twitter as [personal profile] starseerdrgn (as well as a hidden private account), but just barely. I don't use Facebook anymore, rarely use Quora or Diaspora (which I still like), only glance through GitHub.

I keep to myself most days, as I'm often too tired to do much aside from writing and design/programming.

Instead, I plan on writing more entries in my DW journal (which I'm now mirroring on GitHub for the sake of redundancy. I can write entires over the course of a day, rather than plopping down random thoughts as they come. Fewer distractions can be a good thing, and the social web already scares me.

I also have my [Arcegaō microblog], which is what I'm using to help me work on my conlang, Arcegaō.

Finally, I'm working on a refresh of my personal website, PrismDragon.Net (PDN). Yes, I'm well aware that there's no HTTPS, that's due to the hosting provider and hosting package, which may be getting changed before too long. One of my mates, Calyo Delphi, controls the hosting (I control the domain), so I'll be waiting for him to make such a decision.

I'll likely stick to simple HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, since everything I need is in those three languages. I'll need a database for my Arcegaō Dictionary , and for my eventual personal microblogs (English, and Arcegaō), so those may have to wait, since I won't know whether to use MySQL, MongoDB, or something else.

I'll likely go ahead and make my dictionary out of something, but I don't know what yet.

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