2014-04: my technology list on Twitter

I’m dipping my toes into lists on Twitter again. I have one set up for Technology, and so far it’s been reasonably useful.

In one sense, a Twitter list can be a sort of grouping of RSS feeds into a single page. I can page through a day’s worth in rather short order, getting only headlines with a few featured images along the way.

Bug #1: mobile app support

Of course, there are some downsides. For whatever reason, the default behavior for the mobile client on Android makes lists rather useless, there. Updating a list does not show everything since last time, instead taking the most recent X updates.

In one sense this is a UI problem: in the main feed, it is possible to have a “Load more Tweets” dialog that comes up to load all the items since the last time you had viewed the stream. For whatever reason, that’s not enabled for the lists mechanism. My guess is that their API is split off and they are trying to reduce the number of requests to that service.

Bug #2: mobile web support

Failing with the app, the next thing to try is the mobile website. Sadly, loading this in a mobile browser redirects to mobile.twitter.com, which does not have any of this loaded.

My crazy fix for this is to “request desktop site” before loading that link, which is a bit janky but gets the content loaded.

Final words

For a company with the engineering team as big as they are, it seems odd there are as many bugs with this system. To me, it indicates that they’re trying to get away from lists, and it would surprise me all that much if they deprecated it in the near future.

With that said, it’s fairly useful, and given that it only takes a few noisy feeds to totally wreck my chances of ever getting through my Twitter feed, I hope they keep lists around, and I invite you to check out my attempt. If you have thoughts for other additions, too, do holler out.



USA: oligarchy, not democracy

Is America an Oligarchy?. Yep. Definitely smells that way.

A study from Princeton took a numeric look at what happens in our national politics, and it tells the story that we all mostly sensed: the democratic process is succumbing to bad actors with the ability to sway issues and politics away from the interests of the rest of us puny humans.

Good to know.

Ars: Voodoo dolls + glucose levels

Voodoo dolls show how hunger and lack of self-control go hand in hand/. Interesting. So essentially, diabetics might be better partners, since it’s tough as hell to keep that glucose level all that low, which would correlate with being nicer to people.

On the flip side, I am super fucking cranky when my blood sugar drops. At least I know it, and that becomes time for ice cream and giving the world a break from my mess.



Denial wears many coats

In reference to: forgetting what age I am, ++

iTAL tEK: Hyper Real

So good. The title checks out, too. Rinse, repeat.