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My month as a blue check

Okay, it’s only been 20 days, but I have to make up my mind soon whether I want to renew.

By far, my favorite part is bold and italic. It’s a little thing, but it pleases me. I am an emphasis abuser going way back.

I don’t like having a bajillion characters. I prefer the discipline of having to make my point in 280 or fewer. Twitter doesn’t seem like the right place for long-form commentary to me – I never read the long ones, myself. (It remains to be seen whether it will work for video, as Tucker intends).

You only get edit powers on your own tweets, not on comments. On comments, there’s delay before it actually posts them, and you watch the circle count down. It’s like 20 seconds. On the upside, that does force you to proof your tweet one more time, but I almost always hit the button to make it post immediately. Don’t think I like this feature.

I was hoping for higher engagement and I’m not sure about that.

Of course, tarnishing the status symbol for the old blue check brigade is delightful. I expected to be taunted for having bought my check, but that hasn’t happened.

I’m just not sure…

p.s. One of these days, I’m going to fix that poor weasel avatar. The muzzle is too cat-like and it has a hump on its back.

p.p.s. I’ve got a four day weekend coming up, starting…now.

p.p.p.s. Kitty seems all better. Phew!

p.p.p.p.s. No, nobody had Tina Turner this round.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: May 25, 2023, 8:18 pm

In spite of all the “free speech” blather that Elon promotes every time he has a chance to toot his own horn, I am still not restored to twitter. I was “suspended” January 8, 2021 which was two days after U-No-Wat.

They just lumped me into two heinous categories, Spamming and Platform Manipulation. How dastardly! Of course, they did not specify any of the tweets which might have carried these sins.

Anyway, after seeing the blah blah blah of corporate lying and ideological malfeasance, I could care less now. Just know that when Elon says “free speech platform”, he’s lying. It’s actually a hive of scum and villainy over there.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 25, 2023, 8:20 pm

What was your Twitter handle? I don’t know if pleading works, but I have brought up banned accounts in banning threads and some were eventually restored.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 25, 2023, 8:47 pm

Well…NOW who runs Bartertown?

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: May 25, 2023, 9:02 pm

@S. Weasel


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: May 25, 2023, 9:10 pm


Comment from Armybrat
Time: May 25, 2023, 10:01 pm

I had long ago walked away from Twitter. Frankly, it just got too effing mean for me…and that’s saying something. But I reactivated my account after Elon did the deed. I haven’t gone to a blue check yet…I’m more of a lurker. But I do think Elon had brought some of the fun back.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 26, 2023, 12:01 am

Like others, I got back on Twitter after Elon but I only really follow links off the net into the hive…I find general surfing around Twitter makes me feel like their mental illness is infecting me. Broadcast TV with commercials makes me feel like that as well…like I’m being MKUltra’d.

Comment from Pupster
Time: May 29, 2023, 12:18 pm

I’ve read the post and comments and I recognize some of these words.

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