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I Don't Look at Twitter Because It Doesn't Tell Me Anything. ~ Noam Chomsky
Too many twits make a twat. ~ David Cameron
Chairman Mao was the first in the world to use Twitter. All his quotations are within 140 words. ~ Ai Weiwei

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets".

Quotes[edit]

  • A million fucking message boards, email, Twitter, any number of free tools, being limited only by time and your imagination? If I’d had the internet in 1988 I WOULD OWN AN ENTIRE COUNTRY BY NOW AND WOULD PUT HUNDREDS OF YOU TO DEATH EACH DAY JUST FOR FUN AND IT WOULD BE THE LAW.
  • That is the central tenet of twenty- first-century Western philosophy: ‘I tweet, therefore I am.’
  • Twitter’s exact processes for handling abuse reports are a secret, but the company announced earlier this year that many of them are handled algorithmically — servers with not-so-carefully calibrated formulae analyze the reports for signs of harassment. Profanity is treated more seriously than slurs and threats — the mere presence of vulgarity in a reply is often enough, especially when blue checkmarks are involved. (One of the tweets the service flagged when I was suspended, for instance, contained a curse word, though it wasn’t directed at my harasser.)
  • The well-known transgender activist Laurelai Bailey had her verified account permanently shuttered; almost every day, a trans person I know is hit with at least a temporary suspension. While harassers create extra accounts to circumvent blocks, many of the regularly harassed keep a backup in store simply as an insurance policy against Twitter’s unequal treatment. (Ms. Bailey, in fact, had one prepared, and has begun using that instead.)
  • I complained to Twitter about the man who, pretending to be me, commended the Charleston racist murderer. Twitter responded: “We have determined that it’s not in violation of Twitter’s impersonation policy.” I felt a flash of rage. Every time an online shaming occurred Twitter and Google made money. Whereas those of us doing the actual shaming? We got nothing. Twitter suddenly felt uncaring, intimidating, even dangerous. We were unpaid shaming interns for a company that didn’t care about us. I quit Twitter.
    The world outside Twitter was great. I read books. I reconnected with people I knew from real life and met them for drinks in person. Then I drifted back on to Twitter.
  • Chairman Mao was the first in the world to use Twitter. All his quotations are within 140 words.

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