Twitter Trust and Safety

“Twitter’s policies and practices in the trust and safety space were built around defending the rights of users around the world, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized communities,” the former executive said. “Since the acquisition, the company’s only actions have been to silence critics of Elon, to expose journalists and others to harm, and to violate basic ethical standards and privacy laws.”

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Twitterrific has been discontinued

A sentence that none of us wanted to write, but have long felt would need to be written someday. We didn’t expect to be writing it so soon, though, and certainly not without having had time to notify you that it was coming. We are sorry to say that the app’s sudden and undignified demise is due to an unannounced and undocumented policy change by an increasingly capricious Twitter – a Twitter that we no longer recognize as trustworthy nor want to work with any longer.

iconfactory January 19, 2023

I don’t want to work with Twitter either. Iconfactory is currently developing a Mastodon client. Find me at


I am surprised how quickly Elon Musk is sinking his Twitter ship. I stopped posting there a while ago and have been watching this train wreck from outside. Like my profile will stay up, until Elmo makes up another rule that I retro-actively broke. But if you are looking for content, it is now happening at

If you don’t know where to sign up, got to and let the operator know that vowe sent you.

Social Quitting

And then…Stuff happened. Mark Zuckerberg got worried about losing users and decided we were all going to live as legless low-polygon cartoons in a metaverse that no one wanted to use, not even the Facebook employees who built it. Twitter got bought out by a low-attention-span, overconfident billionaire who started pulling out Jenga blocks to see whether the system would fall over, and when it did, we all got crushed by the falling blocks.

Great piece by Cory Doctorow on the “MySpacing of Facebook and Beboizing of Twitter”.

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The power of Mastodon

I ran a quick poll yesterday on both Mastodon and Twitter. You can see the polls below, and I will comment on the results further down. The poll wasn’t really meant to find out anything about Covid. There are way better studies out there. What I was trying to find out was how the engagement on Mastodon is, compared to Twitter. Three numbers:

  • Mastodon (2400 followers): 11667 votes, 1381 boosts, 298 favorites
  • Twitter (6800 followers): 330 votes, 22 retweets, 5 likes

I have about three times as many followers on Twitter than on Mastodon, but the engagement is so much higher on Mastodon, that the two do not even compare.

The results are mostly useless. People do not know how often they have been infected and the medical standards vary widely between the US and EU. You can safely assume that there are more infections, but you can also learn that infections are not inevitable. I have many replies from people who mask religiously because they have other medical conditions that would make an infection with Covid-19 much more dangerous that to the average person.

Your next steps:

  1. Sign up for Mastodon. If you have trouble finding an instance, go to
  2. Search for me as and follow.

Keeping track of Twitter drama

New Twitter owner Elon Mask is clearly out of his depth running Twitter, a network of over 200 million active users. “Twitter is going great” is keeping track of the drama. If you heard a similar title first, that was “Web3 is going great” by the wonderful Molly White who follows the crypto scams. The Twitter site is also built with her Static Timeline Generator.

Taking a leave from Twitter

The wrecking ball has been taken to Twitter, and much in the same way that I have taken a leave from Facebook, I am now taking a leave from Twitter.

It pays off that I never depended on any commercial network. Xing, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, they have always been playgrounds. This circus has now moved to Mastodon, on the instance. My address is and it resides at If you do not intend to join Mastodon, my page also has a public RSS feed:

Twitter und die Timeline

Twitter ist in einem Interessenkonflikt gefangen. Die meisten Nutzer wollen die Tweets der Leute sehen, denen sie folgen, mit den neuesten zuerst. Das heißt “Latest Tweets” und ist nicht der Standard. Twitter will dir nämlich die Aufreger zuspielen. Das sind die Tweets, mit denen du am meisten interagierst. Anklicken, beantworten, liken, retweeten. Twitter nennt das “Home”.

Bisher war es möglich, auf dern Stern rechts oben zu klicken und von Home auf Latest Tweets umzuschalten. Das geht nicht mehr. Nun stehen die als Tabs nebeneinander und bei jedem Neustart der App wird wieder Home angezeigt. Ihr müsst nun selbst daran denken, auf Latest Tweets umzuschalten, sonst kriegt Ihr nur den Krawall.

Update 14.3.: Twitter hat den Quatsch rückgängig gemacht.

Likes streicheln, Retweets wirken

Tweets werden nicht allen Followern angezeigt. Das würde auch gar nicht gehen, wenn jemand Hunderten von Accounts folgt. Ihr seht also stets nur einen Ausschnitt Eures Twitter-Streams. Ich folge deshalb nur weniger Accounts, da hat Twitter nicht so viel Auswahl, was mir präsentiert wird.

Das machen Andere anders. Man kann zum Beispiel möglichst vielen anderen Accounts folgen, um möglichst viele Follow-Backs zu bekommen. Es gibt dazu jede Menge Seminare. Was ich Euch aber empfehlen kann, ist “Like & Retweet”, wenn ein Tweet mich euch resoniert. Das führt dazu, dass er häufiger angezeigt wird.

Das Like ist dabei eine Streicheleinheit für den Autor, der Retweet aber erhöht die Reichweite. Das sieht man eindrucksvoll bei diesen beiden Tweets. Der linke wurde zu diesem Zeitpunkt ca. 2300 mal retweetet, der rechte “nur” 153 mal. Weniger Impressions (Anzeigen) und viel weniger Engagements (Interaktionen).