Since February 2007, I’ve been on Twitter, almost entirely as a means of engaging with fellow librarians and others in affiliated fields. Now, I’ve deleted all of my tweets (more on that in a second) and just now, my account, too. There’s no need to go on here about why I left: it’s for the same reasons that everyone else had ever since Elon Musk took over the company. I would have done it sooner but for my worry about the best way to delete my tweets. I had read about paid services that some folks were using to have their tweets deleted in bulk, but I really didn’t want to have to shell out my own money for a problem some asshole billionaire created for me.
As an alternative that I heard about on this blog post at the Verge, I used the free version of Redact to do the job for me. It worked like a charm. And now, as of September 24, 2023, I am done with Xitter (FKA Twitter).
I’m trying out Bottlenose, a new service in beta that billing itself as a “social media dashboard” promises to help you filter your incoming and outgoing social networking streams. So far, the service only lets you feed in Twitter and Facebook. I’m hoping that they soon add Google Reader, Google+, and FriendFeed.
As you can see from this screenshot, the service automatically analyzes content and tries to assign meaningful tags to categorize them; in this screenshot, I clicked on the Q&A tag and was shown all my tweets where I asked a question.
I can imagine this might be a useful way to sift through conversations I’ve had in various places. Bottlenose also offers a graphical way to view the cluster of topical tags, hashtags, and people in your outgoing streams or in the streams of others. This video demos this feature, called, Sonar, better than I can describe it here:
If you’d like an invite, leave a comment here on this post. I’ve got 10 to give away.