A short history of Twitter

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2006: The first tweet: just setting up my twttr

2007: Twitter finds users: Everyone at SXSW is doing it, and now #hashtags

2008: Barack Obama blows up Twitter: #YesWeCan

2009: Finding followers becomes a thing followuback #ff fun

2010: One of the most popular accounts becomes @shitmydadsays (it later becomes a short-live sitcom starring William Shatner)

2011: Political activism found a voice in #ArabSpring

2012: Clickbait tweets arrive and you won’t believe what happens next (remember seeing tweets like this? They’ve all but disappeared)

2013: Twitter adds photos, and the #Oreo Cookie Superbowl power outage may have been the greatest of the year

2014: Then came Ellen Degeneres and the famous #OscarSelfie

2015: #LoveWins

2016: Remember when people thought 2016 was the worst year EVAH!

2017: We don’t need 280 characters to say “WE’RE ALL DOOMED!!!”

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Twitter names as Halloween costumes

One of the things I’ve come to enjoy about Twitter is the ease with which people can change their names, especially around Halloween. It’s like an easy avatar costume.

For example, here’s mine:

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And here are some others I like:

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What are some of yours?

Poll test: Who won the Internet this week?

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“ET HE UGLY RUTH” courtesy of a sponsored ad on Twitter

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A young person I know recently said something along the lines that Twitter was going down the drain. I don’t where that idea came from. I’ve been using Twitter since Sept. 19, 2008. (which is longer than 99.755% of all other Twitter users, according to http://twopcharts.com/howlongontwitter).

Perhaps the young person was thinking of sponsored contents like the ad here from the Alliance for Quality Education of New York. I ignore most Twitter ads but this one got me because of the words “ET HE UGLY RUTH.”
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My 2014, by the numbers

Some random metrics about my life in 2014.

Blogging
Number of blog posts on michaeljanairo.com: 73
Most read blog post: Readercon wrap-up: ‘You don’t look Filipino’

Work
Number of jobs left: 1
Number of new jobs started: 1

Writing career
Number of short stories published: 3
Number of writing conferences attended: 1 (Readercon)

Music
Top Spotify artist: Bruce Springsteen

Travel
Number of countries outside the US visited: 1 (Guatemala)
Number of cities outside the US visited: 7 (Monterrico, Antigua Guatemala, Panajachel, Santa Catarina, San Antonio, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala)
Number of US cities visited outside the Capital Region: 14 (NYC, Pittsburgh, Providence, New Haven, Boston, Cambridge, Williamstown, North Adams, Freeport, Prospect Harbor, Lincoln, Omaha)

Social media
Number of tweets: 512
Most impressions on one tweet: 40,461
The tweet: https://twitter.com/mjanairo/status/420222698036289536

Most looped Vine: Dance @yaleartgallery

Number of new FB friends: 89
Number of lost FB “friends”: About 200
FB year in review: Here

Most liked Instagram post: Found at work today.
Instagram year in review: Here