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Dear Sports Fans: This Is How NOT To Use Twitter

The super fan (or stan) movement is awful. I’ve stated many, many times that I think the downfall of our country will eventually because of these fanatics. Sure, a bit of an exaggeration, but these people are downright crazy! So, allow me to tell you a story a sports fan that should have known better, but got busy thumb-thuggin’ and now doesn’t have any season tickets anymore.

Picture it (no, I’m not going into a Golden Girls flashback): your favorite team or player performs horribly and you are frustrated. There are many ways you can deal with it. Some go and drown out their sorrows in alcohol, but more and more, it seems fans make themselves feel better by diving into a profanity laced diatribe about said team; including mean-spirited and foul comments about particular athletes.

It seems there are a lot of people who don’t truly understand what “freedom of speech” really is. It is simply a protection that should keep you from being prosecuted, or jailed, for sharing your thoughts. No laws can be passed to limit what you can or cannot say. What it doesn’t do is provide of shield for any responses, criticism, or consequences to said free speech. In short, if you say something stupid, it can get you in hot water with your family, job, or recreational activities.

A Twitter account used by members of San Diego State University’s cheering section, The Show, popped off on Twitter (a path many have taken), and went so far as to wish further illness and death wished upon a rival player. Bad form. Simply dreadful. The SDSU Athletic Department stepped in and handled this. They met with the officers of the student section and found out who actually wrote the truth. After the tweets were deleted, and an apology was issued, the offender was stripped of his student tickets. Good riddance!

Being an Ohio State fan, I know that fan rivalries can get quite heated, and sometimes people take that stuff too far, but this is so far across the live, that I just can’t believe anyone would be so horrible and dumb. And because sometimes words don’t fully convey my feelings on any given matter, I will direct you to the “judging you” GIF tag on Tumblr. That sums things up quite nicely.

Well, along with this one (it’s a personal favorite):

Some people...

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Even Twitter Knows Its Platform Makes TV More Fun

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I simply refuse to watch big TV events without being logged onto Twitter. The commentary, slander, and memes are priceless. I get my life each and every time, without fail! And after a big sporting event, ridiculous show, or awards show, I always wonder, aloud, how we ever watched TV before the invention of Twitter.

I know people were spread out over various message boards and what not, but it’s just not the same. Twitter is better. You’re literally viewing with the world in some cases! Instant feedback and a million different opinions and perspectives. It’s amazing!

And now it’s being reported that Twitter is testing a “Trending TV topics” feature for the platform. I think that’s brilliant. Before, trending topics, related to TV just appeared in your regular or tailored trending lists. If you were in an app, you’d need to visit that section of your app to see the topics. With this new feature (if Twitter’s official apps) it’ll turn up in your main timeline.

According to Mashable:

Trending shows appear as Twitter cards located at the top of your timeline, along with information and top tweets about the programming.

And TechCrunch adds the following:

“Once you refresh, the trending box shows up. However, when you start scrolling the box flows down with your timeline. Over time, or when an insane number of tweets come out about the show, the box goes back to the top.”

I typically already know when/why certain TV events are trending. A lot of the time I’m a part of it! When the SyFy’s Sharknado almost broke Twitter, my followers were already alllll over it! So, while I think this is a great idea, I hope Twitter is making the TL integration optional. I can see where some people would be annoyed by it appearing at the top of their timelines. And it will probably be used by advertisers trying to reach a larger audience.

This feature, as long as it’s limited to mobile platforms, really doesn’t affect me anyway. I don’t use any of Twitter’s official apps. I prefer Tapbots’ Tweetbot because it has a comprehensive muting functionality that I need to maintain my sanity on Twitter.

I’ll continue to tweet during big TV events. It’s too fun to miss out one. But what do y’all think about Twitter potentially messing with your main TL?

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Trying Something New…

There are a lot of things I blog about, but don’t feel like smothering my regular Twitter followers with. I’m well aware that different people follow me for different reasons, and I don’t want to alienate anyone if at all possible! I’ve found it somewhat difficult to maintain a balance between my business endeavors and just being plain ol’ goofy Suz.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “don’t mix business with pleasure”, right? I’ve always wanted to enjoy business so much that it becomes pleasure, therefore ok to mix. Is that just entirely too ambitious of me? I hope to get there some day!

I renamed my main Twitter account @OhhSuzannah, and have made a new one, still using @Suzdawg, where I will feed my blogging and more business-y projects. There won’t be nearly as many tweets there as my main account, but I’m hoping they’ll be more focused. And sometimes, I’ll RT my account into my personal feed, if the situation calls for it. But, for the most part, it’ll be the hub for my blog, Tumblr, YouTube video uploads, and any other online activity I take part in.

This may not work at all, and I’m prepared for that. But I thought I’d give it a shot! You never know unless you try, right?

So if you’re already following my personal account, and want to keep up with what I do here, go ahead and follow @Suzdawg as well. Don’t worry. I won’t spam you!

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Tweetbot: My Review

As a self-confessed Twitter app addict, I of course, jumped at the opportunity to check out a new offering. This was especially true, given the hype from beta testers as well as the reputation of the devs.

I’m talking about Tweetbot, by Tapbots, if you haven’t heard.

After opening the app & putting in my Twitter login credentials, my first impression was “damn, this is a beautifully designed app!”. It’s clear a lot of thought was put into the the UI design and I appreciate it. Previously, I thought Twitterrific was the prettiest iPhone Twitter app. No more. Tweetbot now wears the crown!

I read the MacStories review before I even downloaded the app, so I knew the little intricacies beforehand. Long read, but extremely helpful!

I’m not going to go into detail, but I will give a list of things I did & did not like about Tweetbot. At the end, I’ll tell you if it’s my HG Twitter app, which earns a spot on the dock.

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WANTED: A Bad Ass Tumblr iPhone App

Can someone please make this happen?

There are a million sweet iPhone apps; and I probably own 90% of them. They’re packed with extremely useful features that I’ve become extremely accustomed to.

It’s gotten to the point that when I open the Tumblr app, I expect to see those same features. But then become instantly disappointed, because they aren’t present in any Tumblr apps. I don’t know if it’s because the API doesn’t allow it, or simply that the really talented app devs just aren’t interested, but I wish that’d happen.

What am I really missing? There are overall Tumblr improvements I’d like to see, which would then, hopefully transfer over to any apps that are developed and/or updated.

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