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Saturday, 27 August 2011

@F1sp twitter account - saving non-F1 fans from twitter flooding

I often tweet during live Formula 1 motor racing. Usually before each race starts I put up a disclaimer like this to warn followers I might fill up their timeline with F1 information.

In order to try and reduce the impact of that for non-F1 fans, I've created a second twitter account, @F1sp. This account is NOT going to be used to post tweets (which stops me needing from switch between accounts), but rather to hide F1 tweets from people who aren't interested. How will this work? Well all of my F1 tweets will be prefixed with @F1sp. That means that unless you follow @F1sp as well as my @sxa555 account, you won't see them, because twitter will automatically hide them from your timeline. Bear in mind that if you follow me via a list for my F1 tweets, you'll need to add the @F1sp account to that list as well. I don't expect to post much in the F1sp account, it's purely there do give me the ability to 'hide' F1 tweets from those who are not interested.

Since I won't be posting my own 'live thought' F1 tweets to it, you're welcome to use the account in the same way without necessarily having to see my tweets. Follow the account, encourage your F1 tweeting friends to follow it too and we'll clear up our own timelines for those who aren't interested in F1. I sometimes feel guilty about posting lots during exciting races, and by using this technique I'll be able to post without restricting myself, and without annoying any followers who aren't interested. Win-win!

Although I'm not planning to post much on the account directly, suggestions welcome for potential things I could use it for. Maybe just a list after a each quali/race session with a list of the finishing positions so there's a quick history?

On a related note (it's about time I publicised this) if you go to this chart page you'll also see my F1 points charts for 2011. They come in 2 versions - one normal plot of the top 6 drivers (quite depressing this year, 2010s was better!) and a second which is normalised to tell how far back, percentage-wise, every driver is compared to the leader. It's quite a good way of seeing how far everyone is behind at each point in the season.

Let me know what you think of the account and the charts ...

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Four things you didn't know facebook allowed you to do

[Short link if you need it: http://goo.gl/v6AkX ]

This seemed like a good time to post this draft I've had given that Facebook is in the process of announcing some new privacy changes including tagging approvals and the ability to reset visibility of a post after you've posted it (instead of having to withdraw and repost as at present) and they are, of course another step in the right direction. There is a lot of information on the net from people who say that facebook isn't that great at privacy, and giving you control over your own data. And, well they're often right as I've said before. However there are a few things that I've heard people say that Facebook should provide, but they actually already do (and could do before Google+ before anyone starts). Here's a list, and how to access them (at the time of posting - they may move it of course - the last one's moved since I posted this!):


  1. Have your stream set to view just people in a list (like G+ circles)

    "Most recent" dropdown - select a group to see only those people

  2. Download everything in your account

    "Account -> Account settings -> Download your information"

  3. Make some or all of your lists "visble" by choosing to include them above the full friends list on the left of your profile

    "Profile -> Edit Profile -> Friends & Family -> Featured Friends"

  4. View your profile as it appears publicly, and as any given user

    "Account -> Privacy -> View Settings (near the top) -> Preview my profile"

    "Profile -> Edit Profile -> View As (Top Right)"



The last of those is one that Facebook's new "View Profile As" will make more prominent, which has to be a good thing given how far deep in the system it's currently hidden