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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thanks to Andira, I have now fallen into the Tumblr trap! :D Well, actually, it’s because we’re gathering Indonesian iPhone users for a collaborative project (that I cannot tell you at the moment), which requires me to have a Tumblr account. So why not use it for something, right? Right. That’s why from now on, my small posts, quick notes, or one off photos will be posted there, and I’m keeping my blog for long and read-worthy posts.

I’m also trying to link everything to my Twitter and Facebook account. So if you can find me here or there, you’ll find me on Tumblr.

So, here it is: notes.bellamybudiman.com

So Now @ is ReTweet

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Moronic

Yes, according to him. At this point I can no longer tell if this is a sarcastic joke or simply otherwise. Assuming it’s not a joke, as what Aulia pointed out, he is a major facepalm considering what he does for a living. I can now also assume that a kindergarten student can also become a system administrator.

Sorry, bub, you asked for it.

Replying with RT in Twitter? Then You’re Probably an Idiot

Monday, August 31, 2009

Twitter has somehow found its way to Indonesia’s mainstream social networking level. Thousands, and literally thousands of internet-connected people have jumped to the bandwagon of this microblogging service. Is this something good? Yes, it shows that Indonesia’s online users have grown significantly compared to the previous years. But is this actually something that is good and flawless? No, having stubborn and clueless people that thought the internet is without a set of rules is something we — as early adopters — diss.

One of the matters involved here is as simply as what is the proper etiquette when you are replying someone else’s tweets, and whether you should use RT to reply or not. Let me give you the ground rules of proper manners on tweeting.

What is RT? And why is it such a big deal?
RT stands for ReTweet and NOT Reply To. And if you ask us if this is something that we made up or not, then the answer is NO. It is written in Twitter’s help guide, and let me quote that for you:

What does RT, or retweet, mean?
RT is short for retweet, and indicates a re-posting of someone else’s tweet. This isn’t an official Twitter command or feature, but people add RT somewhere in a tweet to indicate that part of their tweet includes something they’re re-posting from another person’s tweet, sometimes with a comment of their own. Check out this great article on re-tweeting, written by a fellow Twitter user, @ruhanirabin.

So you see, even if this function is not yet available officially in Twitter’s API, they support this is as one of the community’s culture, and they encourage it that you use it correctly.

When we — early adopters — see new Twitter users used RTs for replies, we often suggest them — in a polite manner initially, of course — so that they could follow the culture and try to change their point of view on what RTs really are. RTs are meant to forward your friends’ tweets, something that is worth checking out, something that is worth reading, an important and useful information, some might say. But not for replies. Why? Because most of the time, we don’t give a shit on what you’re talking about in your replies, and when you’re engaged in an conversation with your fellow newbie friends. RT-ing would subconsciously trigger avid Twitter users to treat that message as something useful. And when these messages turned out to be just regular conversation, in which you misused RTs, then you’re polluting the timeline, and we just wasted a few seconds off our precious time to read everything that has no importance whatsoever.

So what do we do? Should we stop using RTs for replies?
Very much yes. Ignorant users may disagree with me, and some of my friends who suggested them to stop using RTs to replies even get disses from these users. Some responses from these ignorant-is-my-middle-name users include:

  • “Why don’t you just unfollow me? I don’t like seeing people mad about RTs in my timeline anyway.”
  • “Are you a Twitter cop?”
  • “Do you think you own Twitter?”
  • “I think it’s up to me. Besides, it’s only Twitter.”

And so on, I could give you tens of dumb reasons, but you get the big picture. Okay, actually, we don’t mind passing the culture to new adopters. Most of them probably don’t know and that RT is obviously easy to be misunderstood as “Reply To”, and we really appreciate when they know what to do and what not to do as they earned our respect. We don’t, however, respect those who are ignorant and instead of understanding the whole concept of what the Twitter culture is, they decided to fight back with the wrong thing they believed in.

I agree completely that the internet is a free world, but being free is not without rules, and on top of that, you’re not the first retarded bozo that knew Twitter. The Twitter may not be ours, but we followed the culture right on from when it was established. And since this is a social networking service that requires us to interact socially, I really think that you should follow the “rules”.

If your reason to RT is to keep the conversation thread, let me tell you this. As long as you reply directly on that specific tweet, Twitter will keep the thread logged, and you can see that conversation take place in your Twitter client. So your reason is no longer valid.

Who often use RTs for replies?
From what we’ observed, the main culprit for this utterly-dumb manner, apart from new and ignorant Twitter users, are probably celebrities. If you follow them in Twitter, I can assure you that at least 90% of them used RTs for replies. Some of them even abused hashtags with improper uses, such as this. At first we really thought that this is because UberTwitter’s failure to design an easy and understandable software, because most of these incidents came from UberTwitter uses. But no, every major Twitter client available in the market, although some suck in designing a proper user interface, provide the means of both RT-ing and replying. So unless you are purely an idiot or you have your excusable reason, then it’s just you and your lack of intelligence.

Can we rely on Twitter to reduce this madness?
I sure do hope so. In the coming weeks, unless hell froze over, Twitter is going to launch Project Retweet. That is making RTs into their official API, and hopefully reduce the number of the misinformed, and have them use RTs and replies properly. But personally, I don’t think that this is the ultimate cure. From what I see, an ignorant is always an ignorant.

And oh, some reads that you might find interesting and useful:

And one more thing, if you still don’t get it, or if you’re offended with what I wrote in here (then you’re probably one of the culprits who is indeed ignorant), or if all else fails, please just fucking read this. Period.

#IndonesiaUnited???

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

As one of #IndonesiaUnite‘s supporter, I think I should be excited and supportive when there are new movement adopters that share the same passion with us in Twitter. I think all of us equally contributed to the movement with various ways. But, seriously, what is #IndonesiaUnited? Is it some kind of a football club? Is this something new that we need to know? LOL.

#IndonesiaUnited???

Taken from here.

Why Twitter? Why Not Plurk?

Monday, June 22, 2009

I had the idea on writing this entry earlier tonight, when I was having a threaded conversation on Twitter with Aulia Masna and Pria Purnama on a statement started by Amir Karimuddin. You can see the thread immortalized by Pria here, to get a sense on what I’m talking about here. Long story short, there has always been a great debate between which one is better. Twitter or Plurk? Each has its own loyal users, and each has their own niche. Or so they said, at least from my perspective.

As a web 2.0 adopter, I sometime feel the urge to try these different kinds of social networking sites. I have to admit that I left most of them with no updates, or to make my life easier, just as mirrors to what I’ve been doing on my social networking site of choice. As to this point, I subjectively chose Twitter to be my favorite. Why? Well there tons of reasons. I even like this better than Facebook, and to prove my point, even Facebook wants to be like Twitter. Without trying to sound like I’m endorsed by Twitter, here are some of the reasons why:

  • It’s simple, you microblog in 140 characters or less and off you go. No buts and no required formats.
  • It packs the power punch for you to come up with literally numerous ideas on what to do with it.
  • It has an API. What’s an API? It’s an Application Programming Interface which allows you to send to and retrieve data from Twitter, and do practically whatever you want with it (see above).
  • It has numerous desktop clients and mobile apps on a plethora of operating systems that makes your interaction with the service even more elegantly facilitated.

Now let’s take a look at Plurk:

  • It views status updates on a horizontally-laid layout. I don’t see how this improves anything, usability-wise. Because most people scroll vertically, and scrolling horizontally would be quite inefficient.
  • It has that annoying Plurk signature URL when you sync your updates with Twitter. I got to tell you, Plurk users, these URLs don’t even make themselves useful and they’re piling up junks in the Twitter timeline.
  • It doesn’t have an official API, so I don’t think developers could pretty much do anything with it. Well it does have an unofficial API, if you must.
  • The karma system is just pointless. Seriously, what the hell does it do anyway? To me, it seems like it’s just Plurk’s unique way to differentiate from Twitter, a niche or some sort. A niche that doesn’t actually do something.

I think it’s clear on why I chose Twitter over Plurk. It offers me a great deal of flexibility and accessibility as a designer and an occasional programmer, which is probably what the web 2.0 is all about for me. I have to stress that this is my point of view, it doesn’t mean that I’m starting a war between Plurkers and Tweeters. I do have my own Plurk account as well, but I simply don’t care about it.

And oh, before I forgot, since this post could possibly bring out a gunfight, especially when it appears as a note on my Facebook account, on behalf the geeks (geeks, not nerds, or dorks in case you can’t differentiate that) that I know on Twitter, if you don’t even have a clue on what I’m talking about here, please don’t even try to make a comment that will potentially humiliate yourselves. Geeks, you know what I’m talking about, and you know that I have to be extra specific in explaining things like this to people like them :D


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