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But now we find that twitter has once again optimised its platform for abusers: less than a year after they started to automatically include links to abusive tweets in the report form, they have silently removed this functionality. There has been no announcement, no explanation. I discovered it last night when yet another man decided to make me the target of his misogynistic bile and found that I had to go back to the abuse, and view it again, in order to find the link to report it. In all the process took about five minutes. Not that bad when it’s once in a while., perhaps. When it’s several times a day, every day, the time starts to mount up. It becomes simply unfeasible to report every single person who, bored of an evening, dissatisfied with life, decides “hey, wouldn’t it be fun to tell a woman I don’t like what vile things I’d like to do to her?”

Twitter: Optimised For Abuse | Week Woman

Twitter has a serious abuse problem and a dreadful track record in dealing with it. This is absolutely not the way out of this hole.

Twitter Plans to Revamp Its Private Messaging Product - AllThingsD

http://allthingsd.com/20131017/twitter-plans-to-revamp-its-private-messaging-product/

Great idea, took long enough. Twitter actually talked about killing DMs for a while, but now that it got some revenue-generating stuff out the door, it’s revisiting the topic and noticed that private messaging has exploded worldwide. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it try some ways to monetize DMs, though. Like most other services, things like paid sticker packs and maybe photo filters are solid options.

MacStories: ‘How strange is Apple’s iMessage? The strangest.’

http://www.macstories.net/linked/how-strange-is-apples-imessage-the-strangest/

iMessage is complicated and has had a bad lock-in problem for two years, while Google Hangouts has plenty of its own problems. I know I’m a dissenter among most of the tech folks you know, but confusion and frustration with iMessage and Hangouts are why my messaging preferences these days are now, in order:

  1. Facebook Messenger (personal if you know me, or you can message my Page for work stuff)
  2. ADN PM
  3. Twitter DM

They work. They keep messages in order. They push notify. I don’t need to know one email address for this device or a different account for this other purpose or whoops that’s not your mobile number it’s Google Voice so that message just went nowhere. All I need to know is your name, you know, like in the real world.

The post-PC world is great. The post-SMS world—a work in progress, to be fair—is an utter mess.

Episode 4 of the Finer Things In… podcast is out! [iTunes | Direct feed]

For a hair over 20 minutes, John and I discussed what I refer to as “Newsreaders 2.0”—this new generation of tools rising like a phoenix from Google Reader’s soon-to-be ashes. We get into why there seems to be so much interest again in a post-social-media world and what’s different this time around.

You can subscribe via iTunes or our direct feed. If you get a minute, please give us a rating or review in iTunes—they really help!

Episode 4 of the Finer Things In… podcast is out! [iTunes | Direct feed]

For a hair over 20 minutes, John and I discussed what I refer to as “Newsreaders 2.0”—this new generation of tools rising like a phoenix from Google Reader’s soon-to-be ashes. We get into why there seems to be so much interest again in a post-social-media world and what’s different this time around.

You can subscribe via iTunes or our direct feed. If you get a minute, please give us a rating or review in iTunes—they really help!