Saturday, 3 August 2013

RIP Twitter



It's been fun, I'll admit. 

I joined twitter back in 2009 and it rapidly became THE medium for breaking news, information and instant comment. It fueled the Arab Spring, overthrew dictators, spread democracy and liberty, held our masters to account and resulted in entire populations being educated at light speed to the misdeeds of their masters.

Tomorrow, that changes. Some of our Elites have been challenged (yes, and criminally threatened) using 140 characters via a mobile phone and that simply cannot be tolerated - so the network will now be handed over to pictures of kittens, photos of lunch and promoting the various tat that celebrities are desperate to sell us. Gone will be any political comment, seen off by the inclusion of the almighty "I'm Offended" button. As I write this, my 29th twitter account has just been suspended, even though the head of Twitter UK (@TonyW) and I spoke this morning regarding death and rape threats sent to me and my family.

Will I miss it? No, of course not. I will continue to monitor the very same news feeds and obscure sources that I use to inform my readers of what is happening out there, but my political comment will be limited to my blog, my various online columns, Facebook (I'm Olde Holborne) and an excellent new Twitter type feed called App.net, which along with a Tweetdeck clone called Cauldron (and 256 characters) and only a block (not report) button, will ensure that my speech remains free.

Tomorrow is the day when all the Elites have decided to boycott twitter in the hope they will be missed. Frankly speaking, if Caitlin Moran or Suzanne Moore think the man on the Clapham Omnibus has any interest in what they tweet all day (mostly to sell more books) then they are in for a surprise. No one cares. Like MySpace or Compuserve, times have changed and progress marches on. If a free speech medium no longer supports free speech, I see little point in using it - and I'm not alone.

You can read my latest column at Backbencher here, or you can join App.net (it's free) and enjoy my rants. Either way, there is a small blue avian carcass out there that is starting to smell. So long  Twitter, so long "the Righteous" and the professionally offended, so long to the unelected twitter elites who have decided amongst themselves what you and I may read or write.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I only came to twitter a few months back and I have got the 2 things i wanted from it, breaking news on real issues and good lulz! You gave both Holborn, you will be missed you mischievous old sod :)

Anonymous said...

BTW, No free speech here!!! The Blogger modscum make sure of it! 80% of posts already censored by them on this thread alone!!!

Richard said...

"BTW, No free speech here!!! The Blogger modscum make sure of it! 80% of posts already censored by them on this thread alone!!!"

It may be a site malfunction - I cannot imagine OH doing this.

Anonymous said...

Seriously... Who cares

Anonymous said...

Bollocks! Twitter was all about gossip and self-promotion. It was, is, and will remain a site of titbits written by semi-literate, uneducated fuckwits for their own kind. The perfect haunt for limp dicks like Old Holborn in other words.

It was a modern Bedlam where the sane played spot the loony at no cost.

What happened to emigrating to Bulgaria, Holby, you factious old faker!

Angela Eagle

Anonymous said...

@Richard: It's not a site malfunction, it's blogger staff, unless it's OH, which I doubt. I wish OH would get himself a foreign blog like he said he would.

Anonymous said...

alpha.app.net/oldholborn

an tings.

Anonymous said...

This is the most moderated comments site in the "bloggisphere"

Tray posting anything contentious about the true "Elephant in the room" topics which society talks about and this site "moderates" faster than the Daily Mail.

In fact the only difference between the two sites is one informs you you are banned and this doesn't!

I would cite the "elephant in the room" topics but.....that will result in the post not being displayed.

Lover of "free speech"? The irony overwhelms

Anonymous said...

Twitter and similar are just too full of drivel to bother with, unless you are someone who likes the sound of their own empty drivel or someone else's. It's for the kind of low IQ twats who make death threats. OH is basically addressing loser non-entities, which tickles his ego but does nothing else.
Glad I emigrated, so why should I give a shit about GB anyway.

Delusional Blogge said...

Idiot calls 911 to report wrong McDonald's order

Jah, me knows how dis bredrin feels - me is arrlways reporting people posting race hate and gay porn to dem Babylawn but dem Ras-Claarts arrlways tells me dat me is a delusional douchebag, innit....

Richard said...

Something strange going on. Why no word from OH??

Anonymous said...

OH is a twitter addict. He can't tear himself away from being able to post 90% drivel on idiot sites and arguing with his thick, whining Scouser chums.

Delusional Blogge said...

Speaking of the Arab Spring, I'm thinking of taking an imaginary trip to Syria via Turkey in the next few weeks. Does anyone know if you need an imaginary Visa to go with ones' imaginary e-ticket ?

I'd also like to wish all my blogge readers (both of them) a Happy Eid !

Free Tibet !

Anonymous said...

An "I'm offended" button is of no use to anyone.

What's needed is an "I'm [pretending to be] offended on somebody else's behalf" button.

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vermilion J said...

The Arab Spring was fuelled by George Soros.

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