BLOGWANKING/SOCIAL MEDIA WANKING: On Twitter

Just so I’m sure we all agree, paper.li is basically just a spamming service at this point, right?  Does anyone use this site for anything actually useful?  I’m not actually going to link to them; feel free to look them up yourself if you like, but the site has attracted my attention twice now, and I haven’t liked it either time.  The first time was when they published a photo of my kid that I’d put on my blog and shared it under the “Adult” category for no clear reason.  I locked the picture down, putting it behind a password, and removed links to it from Twitter.

This morning when I got up I had a notification that someone had retweeted a tweet that mentioned me– although oddly I hadn’t gotten a notification of the original tweet.  That message led me to discover this:

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 2.16.18 PMI hope it’s obvious to anyone who reads me that I did not write that nonsense, nor have I heard of the book I’m supposedly “sharing.”  The site has a “prevent mentions” function, although to use it you have to tweet at them, so I’m a little skeptical that asking to keep my name off of their site is going to do anything.  But this is annoying as hell.  I tweeted at the person who RTed the original tweet and haven’t heard anything back yet from them.


The other thing I’ve done is that I’ve started using the JustUnfollow app.  I don’t like that it occasionally tweets for me but I delete them when it happens (hint, guys, I’m happy to just send you money if I like your service) and I think the functionality is worth the minor occasional annoyance.  I had a conversation with a few folks yesterday about whether an auto-reply to people who follow you is worth the time it takes to set it up and ended up deciding it wasn’t, but the base Twitter app doesn’t seem to be telling me about all of my new follows anymore and I’d like to keep up a more or less 100% follow-back ratio for a while.

(For those wondering: this means that at the moment I’m following close to 1900 people.  It means that the main Twitter feed is a firehose that no one could pay attention to.  Basically the rule is that if someone interacts with me or if I notice them consistently they get added to a much smaller list that I pay attention to consistently.  TweetDeck is wonderful for this purpose, even if there’s not a mobile app for it.)

The other good thing about using JustUnfollow is it makes it a lot easier to aggressively grow my follower list again, which I’ve been looking to do lately.  I can pick people who have already followed and/or interacted with people I already know and scoop up a whole bunch of ‘em at once.  It’s not the most targeted way of acquiring followers, I know, but at least I’m grabbing people who I can reasonably suspect might be interested in what I’m doing over there.  So if you’re seeing this because I followed you recently, I did that because you’re already following someone who I think I have stuff in common with.  Hi!

Ultimately, I want to get to a point where if I send out a Tweet it’s got a good chance of being seen by a few hundred people, and then I’ll stop worrying about growing my follower list as much.  Right now my average over my last 20 Tweets is 111.5 impressions, so I’ve got a way to go yet.  I figure I’ll get there right about exactly when the service either shuts down or finds a way to make itself radically less useful (coughfacebookcough) so we’ve got that to look forward to.

(Follow me here, if you aren’t yet.)

 

 

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STATION IDENTIFICATION: Infinitefreetime.com

Hi!  I’m Luther Siler.  I’m the author of Skylights and The Benevolence Archives, Vol. 1both available at various ebook retailers easily accessible from whatever magic rectangle you’re using to access this page.  I’ve decided to start doing periodic– maybe once or twice per month– reminders on the main page of the blog of the various places I can be found on the Interwebs.   Between Twitter and the blog I probably add 100 or so new followers a month, so it’s probably a useful thing for new readers.  Regular folks, if you see the STATION IDENTIFICATION tag, feel free to ignore it.

So here’s where to find Luther Siler on the interwebtron:

  • You can follow me on Twitter, @nfinitefreetime, here or just click the “follow” button on the right side of the page.  I am on Twitter pretty frequently; I use it for liveblogging TV, whining about anything that strikes me as whine-worthy, and for short, Facebook-style posts.  I generally follow back if I can tell you’re a human being.  You are not a human being if your profile mentions SEO.
  • My author page on Goodreads is here. I am accepting any and all friend requests at the moment.  I am looking forward to the day when my Goodreads account has more friends than my Facebook account; it won’t be long.
  • My official Author page on Amazon is located here.
  • Feel free to Like the (sadly underutilized) Luther Siler Facebook page here.  It’s mostly used as a reblogger for posts here.
  • I have an Ello.  You probably don’t, but friend me if you do!
  • And I just remembered I have a Snapchat account; I’m @nfinitefreetime.  I understand that Snapchat is for pictures of butts or something; you can send me yours if you want.
  • And, of course, you’re already at infinitefreetime.com, my blog.  You can click here to be taken to a random post.

Thanks for reading!

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In which I am full of contradictions

2ee9ed34a79f594acf89e040d8ef8b76976c1c72c2cf9295ef124a59c2b65ed9So I discovered today that I can’t handle Costco.  I’ve never been in one before, and one just opened nearby, and my mom and wife wanted to go, so I tagged along.  I’ve never in my life had such a visceral negative reaction to a store before.  I hated the place– from the fact that there aren’t any damn signs anywhere (even the bathrooms aren’t labeled) to the fact that the place where you walk in is nowhere near any registers to the utter fucking randomness of the layout– within a 15-foot radius you could find housewares, fresh seafood on ice, liquor, and piles of leather jackets, an item that should never be in a pile. I’d had enough after five minutes and told Bek and my mom that I’d be in the car; I had my phone with me to keep me entertained so they could take as long as they wanted.

On the way back to my car, it hit me just how much the place is like a casino.  No signs, no markers, everything is set up to disorient you and keep you lost and wandering.  And the $50 a year fee for the right to shop there as the icing on the cake.  No thanks; I’ve had enough naked capitalism lately and this place, despite having a stellar reputation for how they treat their employees, is one of the most grotesquely capitalist places I’ve ever had the misfortune of entering.  And I’m not even generally that down on capitalism, although it does get worse this time of year; it should be noted that the very next thing I did after leaving Costco was go to Best Buy and buy a new iPad.  But, still… guh.  If a store is going to try and manipulate my behavior I’d prefer it if it wasn’t so goddamned obvious.  I don’t give a damn how cheap their diapers are, I’d rather go to fucking Wal-Mart, and I have literally never before in my life said the words “I’d rather go to Wal-Mart.”

Actually, that’s not true, because I still won’t be going to Wal-Mart.  But walking into a Wal-Mart doesn’t immediately give me the creeping screamers the way Costco did.  And note that all this is before we get to the fact that it was the second Saturday the place had been open and it was crammed full of filthy, stinking humanity.  I’d have hated it empty; the people had nothing to do with it.

So.  I’m crabby today, is the point.  How’re you?

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It’s Saturday!

Which means that my Walking Dead review is now available at Sourcerer.  Go forth and read!

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In which some good stuff happened today

Awesome, innit?

Two random stories; it was a really long week, but it ended well.  One of our seventh grade teachers came up to me in the office yesterday and told me that he’d heard one of his kids saying something really nice about me.  Apparently one of her friends was having trouble with something and she pulled the girl aside and told her to come down to the office and talk to me, because I was really nice and I’d really helped her when she had a problem.

The punch line to this story:  I haven’t helped enough students in the building that I didn’t remember this one, and what I also remember about that story is that I helped this girl not at all with her problem– I, in fact, told her, her father and her grandmother that there was literally nothing I could do to help her, and when one specific course of action was recommended by her father I actually refused to do it.  Which has somehow resulted in this kid treating me like I’m her best friend in the hallways (she will literally wave to me and say “Hi, best friend!” when she walks past me) and recommending my aid to other people.  I wish I always got that reaction when I was unable to help someone.

The second story: a teacher who I have always suspected is not very fond of me apparently announced to her grade-level team that she preferred it when me and another staff member were running the building, because we have been teachers and understand what it’s like and take care of business in the building efficiently.  This story’s a bit weird too, because again while I appreciate the compliment I’m pretty sure this particular teacher has never written up a student while I’ve been designee.  I’ve never seen a referral with her name on it, either one that came to me or another actual administrator.  Which means that it’s kinda weird that she perceives me as being a professional– not because it isn’t true, because I hope it is, but because I really don’t feel like she’s seen me work.

Finally beat Shadow of Mordor on Wednesday.  Spectacular game.  Plan to spend more of this weekend than I probably ought to playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, too.  I’m not really super into it yet but apparently I’ve seen all of about 1% of the game’s content thus far.

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