I deactivated my little-used test Twitter account
created Aug 26, 2019
Two or three years ago, I enabled my web-based static site generator to support the IndieWeb.org's cross-site commenting feature called Webmention. My app, called Wren, supports sending and receiving Webmentions.
I also added the ability to support brid.gy, which allowed me to syndicate my sawv.org web posts to Twitter. And if any interactions (likes, replies, whatever) occurred at Twitter on those posts, then those interactions got backfed to my sawv.org site via brid.gy and the Webmention. Twitter users could indirectly post comments to my website, thanks to the IndieWeb concepts.
It's a slick idea for those who have a desire to use Twitter from their personal websites. I have only done this for testing. One of my posts back in 2017 did receive a couple Twitter interactions that appeared at sawv.org. I understand the attraction of connecting a personal website to a popular silo.
I have seen other IndieWeb users receive numerous "comments" on posts stored on their websites, but all of the comments came from Twitter via brid.gy, or the comments came from other personal websites that supported the Webmention protocol.
I will continue to support Webmentions, which will permit people to post their replies on their own websites, and those replies can appear on my site. But I have no interest in using Twitter, the cesspool of the internet, as a discussion tool.
Listed below are my 35 tweets, posted at my jr_sawv test Twitter account that I created in 2017. I deactivated that account today, Aug 26, 2019. If I want to use another service, I can reuse micro.blog/sawv, which supports multiple IndieWeb and old open web (RSS) concepts.
In my opinion, micro.blog is the best silo, social networking/media service to use because it can work with personal websites. I connected my micro.blog account to either the RSS or JSON feed that I create at sawv.org. My sawv.org posts will appear at my micro.blog account.
Actually, I think that I use a custom feed at sawv.org that connects to my micro.blog account. That way everything that I create a sawv.org does NOT appear at micro.blog, since I often create "noisy" posts that only mean something to me.
Anyway, syndicating personal website content to a silo is nothing new. I could do that with Twitter and Facebook and other services back in the aught years.
But the difference with micro.blog is that when interactions occur at micro.blog on my content that got syndicated to micro.blog, then those interactions get posted to sawv.org as Webmentions. brid.gy is unnecessary as a middle layer because micro.blog supports sending Webmentions.
Another plus for micro.blog is that it does not display the narcissistic stats that pollute other silos. And micro.blog does not use an algorithm to determine what content to display.
I axed my Facebook account in the summer of 2016.
I use Flickr to store photos that I can embed into other posts. I pay for two Flickr pro accounts. If it was possible to merge the accounts and not break the URLs to images, then I would do that. I don't use Flickr to communicate with others. I use it as cloud storage for my images.
I still have my old Instagram account that I used for about a year, across 2014 and 2015. I need to figure out how to download all my Instagram photos and videos for physical storage before deleting/deactivating the account.
I have had a user account with Ravelry, since 2013. It's a community site, focused on fiber arts and crafts. Many knitting and crochet designers sell their patterns on Ravelry. Many businesses, such as yarn stores, use Ravelry. I have purchased patterns and downloaded free patterns through Ravelry. Whenever I encounter a fiber-related artist, crafter, miller, or farmer, the most often mentioned community is Ravelry, even though online communities exist elsewhere.
For my test Twitter account, this was the photo that I used for my profile. It's a photo of our dog Barney with his winter, long-hair look.
Omnibear Browser Extension Post - 08Apr2019:
5:04 PM - 8 Apr 2019
The Open Web crushes silos. This behavior by Twitter is whacked. chat.indieweb.org/2019-03-20 > [tantek] and Twitter has errantly suspended my account. again. mobile.twitter.com/zeldman/status… > Welcome to Twitter, where Nazis and bots post freely, but @t is… sawv.org/2019/03/20/the…
3:45 PM - 20 Mar 2019
Had dinner this evening, Thu, Mar 7, 2019, at the Sylvania Tony Packo's, located along Alexis Rd with George T and Dan C. Good grub and good conversation. 7:00 pm to 10:20 pm. Chatted outside for a while since Packo's closed before 10pm. Temps in the 20s… sawv.org/2019/03/07/had…
7:56 PM - 7 Mar 2019
Test 2 Post by Email - Thu, Dec 13, 2018: sawv.org/2018/12/13/tes…
5:17 PM - 13 Dec 2018
Comfortably mild morning for Nov 4, 2018. Peak fall leaf color has occurred over the past week in West Toledo, especially in recent days. The oaks are showing their rusty colors of red, yellow, orange, and brown with some green still existing. Some… sawv.org/2018/11/04/com…
8:43 AM - 4 Nov 2018
Test post 08oct2018 Nothing to see here. Checking to see if brid.gy still works. (sawv.org/notes/test-pos…)
8:31 PM - 8 Oct 2018
test post made on thu, aug 9, 2018 after the browns preseason game ended. it seemed to go okay. but last year, the browns went 4-0 in preseason and 0-16 in the regular season. last week, brid.gy stopped working with facebook after… sawv.org/2018/08/09/tes… pic.twitter.com/cQUXaUXPEY
7:25 PM - 9 Aug 2018
4:24 PM - 23 May 2018
new note post, created with the omnibear extension. i'll add my wren command to syndicate this post to twitter. let's see if this works. omnibear, a micropub client, will connect to my website code, which supports micropub on the server. the post will… sawv.org/2018/05/02/new…
5:01 PM - 2 May 2018
Gabbie and Elmhurst Elementary Students: sawv.org/2018/05/01/gab… pic.twitter.com/byccXkVbAR
2:10 PM - 2 May 2018
(this one was not indieweb-related via my website.)
9:04 AM - 13 Apr 2018
On Feb 18, 2018, Barney and I went for a walk in central Michigan while visiting Deb's parents. (sawv.org/notes/on-feb-1…) pic.twitter.com/GR2XAGo5ZP
1:19 PM - 11 Mar 2018
Gabbie and I enjoyed a brief but intense snow squall that swamped us while we were outside late Wed afternoon, Mar 7, 2018. Temps were around freezing. Neither one of us wore gloves, but that didn't stop us from playing with the snow. The falling snow… sawv.org/notes/gabbie-a… pic.twitter.com/vErcQYV4oz
9:31 AM - 11 Mar 2018
Bitter cold winter weather produces the best morning and evening skylight of any season. Crisp, clean air creates a variety of pastel colors at dawn and dusk. It's one of my favorite aspects of winter. It's a bonus when we have snow cover. Morning light… sawv.org/notes/bitter-c… pic.twitter.com/HxdUtqT3cd
9:37 PM - 11 Jan 2018
While sifting through photos on my Chromebook, I found some images of Gabbie and me that I took on a snowy day in March 2017. We are both chillin' with our beanie hats that I crocheted. (sawv.org/notes/while-si…) pic.twitter.com/oDPzWaSjI9
9:31 PM - 11 Jan 2018
Mid-December 2017 Snow Photos: sawv.org/2017/12/19/mid… pic.twitter.com/aAGh2u0yT7
8:06 PM - 19 Dec 2017
Final backyard garden harvest. Picked remaining produce on Oct 25, 2017, which was when we left for our London trip. (sawv.org/notes/final-ba…) pic.twitter.com/stqT4TYlDp
7:50 AM - 15 Nov 2017
Floral Street, outside of the flat that we rented in the Covent Garden area of London in late Oct and early Nov 2017. Great trip. My first visit to London. (sawv.org/notes/floral-s…) pic.twitter.com/A9fADfCQmz
7:40 AM - 15 Nov 2017
Tomatoes from our backyard garden as of Oct 6, 2017. The nearly week-long hot weather stretch in late September… sawv.org/notes/tomatoes… pic.twitter.com/CzOaxEep6g
5:56 PM - 16 Oct 2017
(to the above tweet, this one.)
Test reply post.
11:02 PM - 19 Oct 2017
test reply post.
2:02 PM - 21 Oct 2017
another note test post on oct 2, 2017. testing from the lynx text-based web browser. strange how lynx munges the… sawv.org/2017/10/02/ano…
12:14 PM - 2 Oct 2017
Six straight 90-degree-plus days in Toledo in late September 2017 have helped to ripen our tomatoes. Our garden… sawv.org/2017/09/27/six… pic.twitter.com/bdLyKggQQG
1:25 PM - 27 Sep 2017
Sep 25, 2017 image of the Lake Erie algae bloom (sawv.org/2017/09/26/sep…) pic.twitter.com/ZowfzgCDGx
12:13 PM - 26 Sep 2017
Massive King Pumpkin at the 2017 Barnesville Pumpkin Festival sets new Ohio state record at 2,150 pounds. Local… sawv.org/2017/09/25/mas… pic.twitter.com/hh9GMBG12z
8:22 PM - 25 Sep 2017
Sunset cruise on Lake Erie, Fri, Aug 18, 2017. Deb and I took an evening Jet Express boat cruise from Port Clinton… sawv.org/notes/sunset-c… pic.twitter.com/uLoDbCEjd7
10:19 AM - 19 Sep 2017
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:10:22 Z
it was a 'retweet' from the Jet Express at 2017-09-21T19:15:13+00:00 https://twitter.com/JetExp.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:10:03 Z
it was a 'like' from https://twitter.com/lucylulu69
(twitter called it two likes. whatever.)
Another cool-looking front porch moth. This one from Aug 22, 2017. (sawv.org/notes/another-…) pic.twitter.com/IcV2zefHS3
9:46 AM - 19 Sep 2017
Katydid on our front porch, Thu, Sep 14, 2017. I need to look up the species in my book of katydids, crickets, and… sawv.org/notes/katydid-… pic.twitter.com/DsofyXyfh2
9:41 AM - 19 Sep 2017
We saw an underwing moth on our front porch, Mon eve, Sep 18, 2017. Unfortunately, its wings were not spread to… sawv.org/notes/we-saw-a… pic.twitter.com/TDSyKNaUOL
9:17 AM - 19 Sep 2017
Produce from our garden in the 2nd week of Sep 2017. (sawv.org/notes/produce-…) pic.twitter.com/j6vkvcmS8V
11:40 AM - 14 Sep 2017
Test note type of post created from phone via home screen bookmark that points to a create-a-post page that… sawv.org/notes/test-not…
11:31 AM - 14 Sep 2017
11:12 AM - 14 Sep 2017
(i think that was a mistake or my code was not working properly.)
Tinted Glass Sunlight During Aug 21, 2017 Partial Eclipse: sawv.org/2017/08/21/tin…
4:11 PM - 28 Aug 2017
Home-cooked Dinner - Sat, Aug 19, 2017: sawv.org/2017/08/19/hom… pic.twitter.com/2IYcetloGA
3:06 PM - 28 Aug 2017
test syndication post to twitter 09aug2017 1730: sawv.org/test-syndicati…
2:32 PM - 9 Aug 2017
I logged into Twitter, and I chose the option to deactivate my account. Twitter does not provide an option to delete my account.
Your account is deactivated
Sorry to see you go. #GoodBye
It's unfortunate that one of the world's worst scourges, Twitter, still exists. It's disturbing that journalists use Twitter.