Wednesday, 17 August 2011

And so farewell, Twitter

Closing down on ceworld...
Help, please

Conductive World has been on Twitter (as ceworld). New postings on Conductive World have been toutinely notified and linked to there and the occasional unrelated comment has been added. I pick up interesting things from Norman Perrin and... er, that's it. As far as I can tell, hardly anyone clicks on links from Twitter to seen what I have been referring to.    

Meanwhile the pages silt up with all sorts of stuff from people whom I do not know, on matters about which I do not care. Despite several attempts years I have been unble to discover how to clear the lot out, so I have been stuck with them.

Maybe there is an exciting, informative CE Twittersphere somewhere out there but, if there is, I am not part of it. I had been rather enthusiatic about the potential of Twitter within CE. Here's just one example:

http://www.conductive-world.info/2009/10/blessed-are-those-who-tweet.html
http://www.conductive-world.info/2009/10/facebook-and-twitter.html

Sad, but so it goes.

It is time to let Twitter go.

Bugged

This morning I received an email from Twitter. It began –

Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We've reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.

I have been bugged, well and truely highjacked (though as the bug has erased everything other than what I myself have posted – I could almost forgive it). Twitter also offers me some helpful instructions on how to create yet another password to have to remember, though I fear that, if I get my proper site back, it will come complete with all that stuff fromother people that I have wanted rid of. 

It seems hardly worth the bother but presumably I shall have go through the rigmarole of signing up in order to get in and close down ceworld. I dread doing so because I know that I shall then face the terrible time-wasting of trying to find how close the whole thing down. If I simpl leave it them presumably it will simply crry on collecting tweets from people who I do not know, on matters about which I do not care.

Can anybody help by telling me how to close down a Twitter account!

Twellow unaffected

At the time of my initial enthusiasm I had also argued the case for including Conductive Education as a category for advertisements on Twellow:

http://www.conductive-world.info/2009/08/conductive-education-is-now-clessified.html

This categorisation of course continues and will presumably continue to do so till the people or the robot at Twellow notice that it has hardly been used, and is just silting up with junk:

http://www.twellow.com/categories/conductive_education

Twellow classifies it as a sub-category of Education: Society > Education > Conductive Education:

http://www.twellow.com/categories/education

At the time I remarked  –
Gratifyingly, then, here is one place where Conductive Education does not fall under health.
Lucky that I got in there first!
Ah well, so it goes...

(My Facebook page seems to attract readers and, best of all, provoke discussion, so for the time being anyay this will continue.)

6 comments:

  1. I appears that you managed to successfully close it down. the link on the right hand side of this blog takes me nowhere.

    Since CEworld went on Twitter I have taken more notice of the methods the people I come in touch with use too communicate. In Germany the main methods that are used are still telephone and emails, with email usage having increased enormously in the work environment over the past year. Facebook usage has also increased in the last year within most age groups, but I have yet to meet anyone in Germany who uses Twitter.

    It is good to hear that Ceworld remains on Facebook I hope it remains there to connect people from all over the world for a long time to come!

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  2. If you have not already done so:

    1. On your twitter home page, on the top menu bar on the right hand side, you should see your twitter name with a tiny down pointing arrow.
    2. click on your name to reveal a short menu
    3. in the menu, click on "Settings"
    4. at the very bottom of the "Settings" page, you will see "Deactivate my account"
    5. I have no idea what happens when you click on that!

    I share your frustration with the stream of messages on twitter with which one has no interest. I manage that by not using twitter itself directly but indirectly through "Tweetdeck". Here I have set up (quite simply) a series of columns each dealing with something I am interested in. EG (i) by hashtag such as #FreeSchools, so that anyone who tweets using that hashtag, I see it (ii) by Group, such as family members, so that I see any family member who tweets - and, crucially, I do not see anything else! Tweetdeck comes with some columns set up already - but these can easily be deleted. It's free, too.

    If you've not already deleted your twitter account, Tweetdeck might be worth a look as a good solution. Another (which I explored but just didn't use - no special reason) is Hootsuite.

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  3. I got the message from twitter too - account compromised. I changed the password quite straightforwardly. I'd had the same problem with my googlemail account. In both cases I was pleased that there were systems in place to catch the problem so quickly -and alert me to it. However, I've no idea what the hacker may have done or could do with the information already hacked into. I take the merry view that such incidents are no more dangerous than motoring ... and press on!

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  4. Thank you for your encouraging and helpful comments.

    I shall let Twitter go, as I cannot see that it brings me anything but something else to do, and I already have too many channels open for an old bloke without the secreatrial help that he was brought up to.BTW, Gill Maguire has just blogged on getting off Twitter:

    http://www.gillian-maguire.info/2011/08/leaving-twitter.html

    Ask a librarian! That is something else that I was brought up to.

    What do people think of the following interesting 21C model?

    www.askalibrarian.org.uk

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  5. Looks like Kasey Gray's twitter account has been compromised too. Same message from the same moron hacker appears "check out this article! I made $360 today! etc"

    I spotted this as I have a column set up for conductive education tweeters on Tweetdeck, which I mentioned above Andrew.

    Somebody should tell Kasey.

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  6. I told Kasey but she reads this blog so she probably already knows.

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