Notes on Using a Simple Bot to Handpick Posts, Part 1

@thelinuxdemon made me a bot. It does some simple things, mostly filtering for @hecklinghyena by tag and sending things to the drafts so that I can hand-curate each post. It definitely makes my life somewhat easier, in that I don’t have to look for things under tags in certain categories. It eliminates the need to hand-search each tag. It works slow, but after a period of time I end up with twenty or thirty posts in the drafts section (depending on the blog). I’m trying to find a way to make it more effective. I’m thinking of having it add … Continue reading Notes on Using a Simple Bot to Handpick Posts, Part 1

How #TheTriggering Hashtag Backfired

I used Keyhole to track the data for the hashtag on Twitter over the range of March 9th to March 13th, which resulted in less than 80 posts with a fair percentage of these posts being multiple posts by the same user. The highest posts were made by conservative politicians and celebrities, but the tag was also used to advocate for white supremacy.

Continue reading “How #TheTriggering Hashtag Backfired”

Shitposting and Identity

What is “shitposting?” Know Your Meme, a compendium of online memes, defines shitposting as thus.

“Shitposting” is an Internet slang term describing a range of user misbehaviors and rhetoric on forums and message boards that are intended to derail a conversation off-topic, including thread jacking, circlejerking and non-commercial spamming.

– “Know Your Meme”

I would like to posit that shitposting is a little bit more of a broad term. Shitposting as a whole tends to be off-the-cuff, nihilistic (and borderline defeatist) borrowing themes from everything up to and including postmodern literature. It often comments on universal themes, including relationships, politics, and economics, but does so in a blissfully unaware fashion.

Know Your Meme puts the birth of shitposting as early 2007, but it’s very difficult to define when exactly shitposting became a major mode of communication. I’m more familiar with Tumblr and Twitter versions of shitposting, in which some people (including myself) will dedicate entire channels to shitposting. It’s fun, it’s inane, and I believe it actually facilitates communication among diverse groups of individuals by reducing complex topics down into an easily-digestable, humorous quips.

Continue reading “Shitposting and Identity”

Trendsmap for Tracking Twitter Tags

Featured image is a screenshot of Trendsmap.

For those of you who want a resource for helping you track local trends, Trendsmap keeps track of all of the local trending Twitter tags. You can keep track of the Twitter tags for particular regions and sign up with a Twitter account.

It’s a free service with paid options and I feel as if it may be of use for some of you.

Continue reading “Trendsmap for Tracking Twitter Tags”

Making Your Blog Accessible: Graphic Designing for the Blind and Hard of Sight

Featured image is by Phillipe Put, “blind guy
Image description: Out of focus braille text over an even more out of focus silhouette of what appears to be a white man. The braille text is three lines, reading “blind aveugle ineedair” which is either an error in my translation or a poor translation by the original artist.

Designing a gorgeous, accessible blog layout is important. Making sure that your layout is legible and accessible to all of your users is also important. But how do you make sure that your blog is accessible to all of your users, including those with disabilities?

I interviewed one of my mutual followers, thelinuxdemon on Tumblr. Thelinuxdemon has coloboma, which results in visual impairment. They are completely blind in their right eye and have limited visual field and acuity in the other eye. They are a programmer, and have to make modifications to their workspace. I figured they would be a good person to interview and examine my website.

Continue reading “Making Your Blog Accessible: Graphic Designing for the Blind and Hard of Sight”

Gloria Steinem’s Statements are a Perfect Example of “White Feminism” Surrounding Hillary Clinton

Featured image pulled from Gloria Steinem’s official website.

Women are more for [Clinton] than men are. Men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, women get more radical because they lose power as they age.

They’re going to get more activist as they grow older. And when you’re younger, you think: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.’

Obviously, this quote has been rehashed over and over in the past few days, mostly pointing out how it’s sexist and extremely misogynistic to accuse younger women of voting based on attracting men. (Which, can we stop for a moment and consider how odd of a concept this is? They don’t know who you’re voting for. Nobody really does.)

Madeline Albright was even worse, being quoted as saying that there’s a “special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” as if they should vote for Hillary Clinton just based on the fact that she identifies as a woman.

Supporters have gone back and forth on social media, with feminist groups responding that they’re #NotHereForBoys and Bernie Sanders posting pictures of the women leading his campaign.

But is Hillary Clinton a feminist that really cares about the issues of all women, or is she a “white feminist” – an adjective here that doesn’t refer to her race, but to the fact that her brand of feminism caters to the white, straight, Christian, able-bodied upper class? I would argue that she is, and it’s unfortunately not a difficult argument to make given the advent of social media and how her campaign has been using it.

Continue reading “Gloria Steinem’s Statements are a Perfect Example of “White Feminism” Surrounding Hillary Clinton”

A Quick Trick to Get More Engagement on Posts

Featured image by Don Perucho, “My Old camera

It’s been proven that using images in your social media helps increase your rate of engagement with your followers. But not everyone is a photographer, or has the time to take their own photographs. I fall into the latter category.

So do you all remember my previous post in regards to signal boosting and rewrapping your content? Do you remember when I talked about engaging with other content creators to boost both their and your content? We’re going to try that right now, simply by adding a featured image to our posts.

Continue reading “A Quick Trick to Get More Engagement on Posts”