The following Tweets are tweets describing how I made lunch on the 12th of December 2009 and about the events that聽occurred聽at this time. I聽apologise聽for the delay in making this blog post, the reason was because it took me a long time to compile the tweets and format them 馃檪 Please read and enjoy

On twitter there are so many things that annoy me, and frustrate me. Many are probably quite stupid and you may not agree with some but I felt like sharing them with you with the聽explanation聽and reasoning for these things that annoy me! They are in no particular order except the order that I thought of them.

  • Not Clicking Reply
    If you don’t click reply, how will I know what you are replying to? A lot of newbies to Twitter do not realise that when you click reply it add reply data which gives you the ability to view what the tweet was replying to by clicking “in reply to…” or your applications equivalent.
  • Clicking Reply to the wrong tweet
    This is just as bad as not clicking reply. To be honest it is probably worse as it will confuse the hell out of me as I try to work out how the tweets could have been related!
  • Replying to 2 tweets in one!
    Similar problem again. I will know what part of your tweet is replying to but will get confused with the rest. Reply to each tweet聽individually聽to keep things clear and organised! It is a major problem in places where you have the ability to show conversations as it becomes confusing!
  • Not using @replies where appropriate
    If you are talking about someone and they have twitter then mention them! It is really annoying when people write the names of people who are on Twitter. The main reason for this is so that your friend will know you are talking about them but it also helps followers who don’t know your friend to find them and learn more about them!
  • Random username changes
    In my opinion, you should under no circumstances (other than changing from a ridiculously stupid username to a more relevant one) change your聽user name. This causes so many problems in the Twitter ecosystem! To start with, friend who don’t know you have changed username may try to contact you using the wrong username and even if they do know you have changed username it is often difficult to remember and takes some time to get used to the change; if you are used to typing one thing in order to get in contact with someone you have to unlearn this and relearn their new username. It also causes problems with Twitter Apps and Statistics. You will sometimes loose data used in some apps and cause problems with yours and other people’s statistics! View my guide on picking a good username.
  • Stupid usernames
    Stupid聽username聽just bug me! If they have no relevance and were just chosen because that was what was available then you should really pick a better username! If it is hard to remember it causes problems when I want to mention you and it gets annoying if people add numbers or “_x” for the sakes of it! For more info on getting a decent username,聽 view my guide on picking a good username.
  • Sending a DM when it could be made public
    DMs are designed for private chat! WHY would you DM me about things that are not private? If you can make it public then its always better that way! I hate using DM so much that I have told TweetDeck to only check it聽once聽ever half hour! You want to talk to me? You mention me! The reason I dislike DM so much is that it does not help with building a Tweet count or with Twitter statistics and it means that no one else can see the聽conversation聽and contribute!
  • Having no profile picture
    I聽generally聽identify twitter users when reading through my聽timelines聽by looking at their profile picture and if they don’t have one then it means I have to waste my time reading their username! Your picture is a big part of your identity and should be set up as soon as you get onto twitter!
  • Changing your profile pic a lot
    This can get really confusing! As I said, I use twitter pictures to identify聽username聽so if you constantly change username I have to constantly聽re-associate聽an image with your twitter account to聽recognise聽your tweets! This wastes a lot of time for me and is聽unnecessary! I personal think that you should pick a picture and stick with it for a few years. My profile pictures last about 3 years each!
  • Having a profile picture with more than one person
    I would like to be able to see you in your profile picture and if聽there is聽more than one person this is often not聽possible. It also means that if I know both pople in the photo, I would have聽to聽check who’s twitter account the tweet came from.
  • Having a profile picture that is not of your face
    As I said, I want to be able to see you. Having a picture of a celebrity or even just a random photo will not help me identify you and be able to聽associate聽with you. Even if I聽don’t聽know you it is always nice to know what the person you are talking to looks like.
  • Twibbons
    If you don’t know what a Twibbon is, it is a little icon you can put in the corner of your profile picture to support things you are interested in (companies, bands, artists, people, etc.) but I have two problems with twibbons:

    1. They can take over your picture consuming a great deal of space and聽obstructing聽the view of the person in the photo.
    2. When Twibbon saves you image back to twitter it saves a聽ridiculously聽small file so if I wanted to see something in your profile picture I would be unable to zoom in!
  • Moaning about excessive RTing
    You don’t actually have to see RTs if you don’t want to! There are a few things you can do to stop from seeing them:

    1. Unfollow the user that ReTweets too much
    2. Disable ReTweets for the user who ReTweets too much
    3. View your timeline in lists (ReTweets are stripped out of lists)
  • Saying BRB
    Twitter is not an instant聽messenger; I do not expect an instant reply to saying brb to me makes no difference!n If you want to make聽clear聽to the people you are talking to then use twitter the way it should be and send a public tweet saying you are going to do something! This makes so much more sense in the context of Twitter than saying brb!
  • Sending a message that should be public as an @reply
    If what you want to say to me could be relevant to more people than just me, publicly tweet it! Unless it is in the context of a conversation, tweets like telling people what you are doing should just be public!
  • Asking someone what they are doing
    It’s twitter: if someone wanted to tell you what they were doing don’t you think they would have tweeted it?
  • Leaving a space before the apostrophe in: @reply ‘s
    Just to inform you all, you聽don’t聽need a space between the @username and the ‘s! You can quite happily write “@username’s” without any problem – I even use the聽apostrophe聽for plurals on #hashtag’s (better than using a space in my opinion)!
  • Fake Twitter accounts
    Fake Twitter accounts just make it so hard to find the real person! Just because your life is not good enough for you, there is no need to go round pretending to be someone else! The worst ones are the ones who actually think they are the celebrity and try to convince others they are! Not only are they annoying and a waste of time but they often steal good usernames from the people who truly deserve them!
  • Twam (Twitter Spam)
    The amount of spam you get on twitter is just ridiculous! If you are unfortunate enough to mention any brand that’s popular at the time (to be honest, mainly Apple) you will get bombarded with tweet telling you you can get free products (iPhones and MacBooks in the case of Apple) by just clicking a link! As if life is that easy! The worst spell of Spam was the Britney Porn Spam attack which attacked millions of users of hundreds of account spamming. In this attack there was no need to tweet anything in particular to get yourself flagged up on these spambots radars they would just find and spam you!
  • General ignorance!
    General twitter ignorance is so annoying! There are so many people who don’t know the basics of twitter like how to find out what someone is replying to and always end up asking or just don’t get things. I don’t mind new people not getting thing (that’s fair enough) but people who have had twitter for a long time and just not bothered to learn or find out! Its not hard to find out all the nifty features in twitter, just play around and click everywhere!

The most common question I get asked by friends who are slowly coming round to using the micro-blogging service, Twitter, is “How do I get more followers?” When asked last week by @CiaraJudge I realised it was a lot of effort explaining my tips to everyone so then decided to create this blog post as 聽something I can just link to and send to those who ask me in the future and as a guide for those of you who might聽stumble聽upon it. 馃檪

Here are the basic聽ways聽to get more follower with detailed descriptions explaing how each of them will help you gain twitter followers:

  1. Sign up for Twitter
    This may seem very obvious and that is because it is, but if you dont have a twitter accont you cant get followers! If you are reading this I would presume you have twitter but if you dont this is my moment to inspire you to get twitter and here are my words of inspiration: “I use Twitter 馃槢 lol”
    Another reason I have mentioned signing up for twitter is because as soon as you sign up for twitter bots will find you and start adding you. Although these bots are not real people and will not interact with you, the do bump up your follower count and there is no complaining about that! However, a word of warning about these bots, you will get followed by a lot of spam accounts that follow you in the hop you will notice and look on their profiles, these profiles then link to pornography and other material you may not want to see!
  2. Do not Protect your Tweets
    Although making your twitter account private will put you at a lower risk of receiving spam messages and keeps your info private, you wont gain any followers by doing that. By making your profile private it limits some of the methods that are listed below for gaining followers and will not help if you聽aspire聽to have a huge following.
  3. Tweet
    This has got to be the most simple and easy way of gaining followers. It is as simple as just tweeting. However, most people will not understand how tweeting could increase your following. There are a lot of people (as well as bots) on twitter that will spend their time in the search, looking for other users who tweet about their聽interests. The more you tweet the more chance you have of a person or bot following you. Another thing about your tweets is that you should be broad and not just tweet about one topic; by tweeting about many topics it makes your聽twitter聽account聽available聽to a wider audience! It really is that simple. In my time on twitter I have notice an聽approximate, 1:20 follower:updates ratio,聽however聽this will not be precise, and will vary!
    This is one of the steps that wont make any difference if you have a private account; if you account is private, people cannot find your tweets in the public聽time line聽when searching!
  4. Find/Follow Friends
    If you find people you know in real聽life聽on twitter, it is very likely they will follow you back. That is a fairly quick and simple way of getting followers. There are many ways to find people you know on twitter:

    • Search for User’s by name on the Find on Twitter page
    • Search for User’s who you have in your email on the Find on other networks page
    • Find users who have lists of users who you know (i.e. A list that has been made for your school or place of work – if such exists, ensure that you are on the list as this will increase your publicity to other twitterers)
    • Try asking people you have already found on twitter, which other mutual friends have twitter
  5. Find/Follow twitterers of聽interest聽to you
    Using the the聽Find on Twitter page, find people/companies which you know and use and would be interested in the tweets of. A lot of twitter accounts have forms of auto-follow which will automatically follow those who start following it. When you follow those accounts your following will obviously rise. It will also make you more exposed to twitter bots who might crawl the follower of popular people to find more people to follow themselves thus increasing your following. Following more people may also help with some of the other steps that I聽recommend.
  6. Invite Friends
    Inviting friends to twitter is a great way of helping the twitter community grow and it will also gain you more followers! If you invite someone to twitter they should follow you back and this will increase your following.
  7. Reply to those you follow
    By replying to people you follow, they may see your tweet and start a conversation with you. From this point you should try and find common聽interest聽so that the person you are talking to聽think聽it would be a good idea to follow you.
    Doing this will also increase your tweet count and help in the same way that Tweeting helps. It will also allow people searching for people who send messages to that user to find you.
  8. ReTweet those you follow
    ReTweeting is not the most effective way of getting follower but it can help and depending on which type of RT you use, will affect how it will help you:

    • New Style RTing: This is when you use the ReTweet button on twitter and it displays you ReTweet to your followers as if they were following the聽original聽poster.
      By using this style of RTing, other users will be able to find and follow your account if they click to see who has been ReTweeting a certain post. It is rare that another user will do this (hence why this may not be the most effective way of getting followers) however if a user wanted to find other tweeters who liked (and ReTweeted) the same post as them they may click this and follow you.
    • Classic RTing: This is when you copy the tweet and appending the suffix “RT @username:” replacing @username with the original poster.
      For the purpose of gaining followers this method would be more effect as it will be counted as a tweet on your account and will make it聽available聽in聽search聽allowing users to find you in the same way discussed in tip 4.
  9. Search on Twitter
    In the same way that I said people will search for tweet matching their intrest, you can do the same. By searching a particular term that聽interests聽you, you can find other people to start conversations with and to follow. This will often result in the other user following you back. A good example of something to search for would be musical artists that you may like, you are very likely to find other people on Twitter who like the same artist that you can talk to.
  10. Use Hashtags聽& Trending Topics
    Be using Trending Topics or popular hashtags you can increase the chance of your tweet being found when other user聽search. Trending topics and popular hashtags will be searched more often than just general terms. If you use of the hashtag or trending topic catches the attention of one of the people searching it, then they may reply, opening the聽opportunity聽to gain a new follower.
    UPDATE: If you are wondering what a Popular hashtag might include, it would include hashtags like #FollowFriday, #MusicMonday, #iwish, #nowplaying, # and #fail. You might also be able to find inspiration from What the Hashtag?!

I may elaborate on this in the future as I did rush this post towards the end but for now, those are a few quick steps to getting more followers 馃檪

Have you noticed recently that on the odd page load, twitter might look a bit strange? I聽managed聽to capture one screenshot… let’s see if you can spot what has happened? The bug is subtle but many have noticed it while using twitter as I have seen other people tweeting about it.

Can you spot it? I have cropped quite a bit off so it should make it eas :P

Can you spot it? I have cropped quite a bit off so it should make it eas 馃槢

You should be able to spot it as it appears on every tweet shown but let me get rid of all but one to make it a bit easier if you are still struggling and to make it EVEN easier I will put it side by side with what the tweet should look like. How about now:

Come on... If you cannot see it you must be blind! :P

Come on... If you cannot see it you must be blind! 馃槢

If you still have not spotted it then (no offence) but you must be blind 馃槢 lol! Let me make it VERY obvious!

If you really did not notice it, here is the answer :P

If you really did not notice it, here is the answer 馃槢

Yes that is right! Twitter is implementing Italian as one of their next languages! This is a major step for twitter as it will now mean that people living in Europe will soon get twitter in their local language and mean that the use of twitter within聽Europe聽will therefore grow! Had I actually done my research before posting this I would have know that twitter have launched Twitter in Italian, Spanish and French! But this was a glitch that I spotted 馃槢 And there was me thinking twitter we secretly testing Italian and had a glitch every now and then that sent it to everyone! 馃檨

I just did a random search on Google (can’t remember what for) and discovered a nifty new feature! If you search for the user name of someone on twitter on Google, then Google will recognise this and automatically add a box at the top for a select few of the user’s most recent tweets of that user. Here is a screenshot of when you search for flungo on Google:

A search for "flungo" on Google

A search for "flungo" on Google

As you can see it will only show two updates and these updates may not necessarily聽be the 2 most recent. After being amazed by just the fact tweet were appearing on twitter, I noticed that there was a link that said, “Pause” and to me this implied that search was live! I tried testing this by making some for聽some聽reason (which I am yet to discover – if you know please comment) some of my tweets were omitted even after refreshing and these tweets never appeared on this page; Google must be using some sort of filtering to try and offer the most reliable tweets.

Rather than messily extending down the page (which would be聽inconvenient聽for those who don’t wish to use this feature) when the page starts to load more tweets and updates, Google shows them but limits the size of the area, and adds a nice little scroll bar if it exceeds that area. An example of this is bellow when @MOn321 sent me a tweet. 馃槢

Search for "flungo" on Google

Search for "flungo" on Google

Even though not all tweets are show, you can view more tweets by clicking, “Latest updates for…”. By clicking this you will get a live search page that searches for you query:

"Latest results for flungo" on Google

"Latest results for flungo" on Google

This view will display any tweets that contain your query. This view is聽accessible聽from any search (even if Google does not automatically show the updates on your main search) by clicking, “Show options…” at the top of the search then selecting “Updates” from the list of search types.

I then decided to search for something that may find a few more results so I did a search for something that has been in the news for quite a while, “Tiger Woods“. Although the Latest Results did not appear at the top of the page it did appear but further down the page. It must use a similar ranking system to when positioning result in聽accordance聽to relevance. When I scrolled down, I instantly notice that the update was definitely聽live with updates coming in every few seconds and that this feature was not just limited Twitter; news sites and other sites that constantly have updates posted at a very fast rate were also being loaded in real time!

Search for "Tiger Woods" on  Google

Search for "Tiger Woods" on Google

Updates found on Google for Tiger Woods over a 15 minute period.

Updates found on Google for Tiger Woods over a 15 minute period (click to view full image)

To just see the sheer number of tweets that it could build up I left the page searching for “Tiger Woods” for a little while (it ended up being聽approximately聽15 minutes). Google ended up finding so many results that the screenshot is almost 6000 pixels long. For this reason, I am displaying just a thumbnail of the photo on the right however you can click to vie the whole picture 馃檪

Overall this looks like a very powerful tool and a step in the correct direction for real-time search for one of the world largest search engines!

I regularly view a title=”TweetStats :: for flungo” href=”” target=”_blank”>my TweetStats which clearly show a twitter addiction if you analyse them! However last night when I was checking my FollowCost I saw something that has definetly confirmed my twitter addiction! Look at the statistics for my last 100 tweets :S

836.48 Updates per Day

836.48 Updates per Day

Almost 40,000 milliscobles which is 40 times more tweets than @Scobleizer

To view all my stats have a look at:

[cb]Twitter[/cb] [cb]TweetStats[/cb] [cb]FollowCost[/cb] [cb]Twitter Counter[/cb] [cb]Twitterholic[/cb] [cb]Twitter Analyzer[/cb]

Is anybody else getting a load of spam today about some porn? I keep getting this message on twitter:

“@flungo Britney Fucked By A Big Dick, Come See Celeb XXX Videos (Click the link at top right of my profile)”

They are all from different users so just blocking doesn’t work. They must all be coming from the same IP address so surely twitter can block that IP and have rid of this annoying spam?

If not then I have thought of a cleaver idea to stop this. All of the spam uses the same profile picture so using PHP tools it would be possible to check the users image to see if it matches the spammers. I know it is聽possible聽but to聽actually聽code this I would have to do some research as I am no PHP expert.

However the major flaw with this is that it will take a lot of processing power to monitor every account’s new profile picture using this method. Could Twitter please do something about this? Spam is really the only聽annoying聽thing about twitter!

The moment I got 400 followers

The moment I got 400 followers

Earlier today I was working hard to get up to 400 follower and I was successful! Took a few hours to get from 391 follower when I checked this morning to the 400 I have got now. I know 400 followers is nothing special but in my opinion it is pretty good and for me that is brilliant!

First attempt at making all the numbers round

First attempt at making all the numbers round

However after watching some videos on YouTube then rating,聽favouriting and commenting them my tweets had creeped up to 6,500. At this point I thought, “400 is a round number… 6500 is a nice roundish number…. If I can get my listed up to 10 and my following down to 350 I will have a nice bunch of round statistics”. I went about this is the most simplest way I could think of, un-follow 8 useless people that I was following and list myself a few times! 馃榾 Took a few minutes to get perfect but I did it. But then, for some reason, I decided to close the tab without having taken the screen shot and by the time I was back it had all been screwed up by one idiot that decided to follow me! 馃槢

Second attempt to get nice round stats

Second attempt to get nice round stats

I kept refreshing just hopping someone would un-follow聽and after a few minutes they had, but after this聽amount聽of time YouTube had made another 2 posts on my twitter account (YouTube Auto share is delayed by a few minutes. My dreams of having perfectly round stats was over.

However, I could just fake it:

My stats after merging my first 2 attempts together :P

My stats after merging my first 2 attempts together 馃槢

ReTweet Icon

ReTweet Icon

As many of you know I am addicted to twitter and to my regular #RTTime where I ReTweet the news I read on technology blogs! This can get highly annoying for my followers who are not interested in the latest tech news (but just my actual tweets) or can keep themselves up to date and just want original content!

The new ReTweet feature allows for the quick ReTweeting of messages by simply clicking the ReTweet button and confirming! Advantages over the old ReTweet style are ease of use, conformity (everyones ReTweets will look the same), you reply to the origional poster when replying and you can disable them on a per user basis! It is that last feature that is great for my followers! If my ReTweets bug you (or any users for that matter) go to their profile and disable ReTweets!

The only real issue with the new ReTweet style is that you cannot append a comment or responce to the new style ReTweets! The best solution for this would be to create another feature for “refferencing” this would be like a reply but rather than being directed to the user so that only you, them and mutual followers can see will make it a public statement (like a normal tweet) that instead of saying “in reply to…” underneath says “refferencing to…”

Note: I started writing this the day ReTweets came out. no idea why it took so long for me to finish!

This is a quick little blog post to explain 聽the basics of Twitter lists.聽Twitter lists are a new feature from twitter that allows you to organise twitter accounts and create customised聽timelines. Any user will be able to create a list (when 聽it is fully distributed and out of BETA) can create or follow a list. Lists will be hosted under the creators twitter account (for example, if I was to create a list called “My Twitter Accounts” it would be found at @flungo/my-twitter-accounts) and is聽accessible聽to anyone with the lists feature everybody. I have tested this and you can link to lists directly from tweets and

Twitter lists are simple to create

The main advantage of lists that I can think of are that:

  • It can make it easy for new users to twitter to easily start using the service and finding users that fit into categories they are interested in
  • Users can organise followers
  • Users can clear their main timeline from tweeters that they may deem less important
  • Non-registered users can find lists they like and view them without having to sign-up to twitter (but why wouldn’t you want to sign-up?)