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I’m leaving the blog

For the past few months, I’ve known that I have wanted to leave this blog. I tried and tried to find the right words, but unlike everyone else, I’m not good at using the right words for a moment.
I know this post sounds like I’m being melodramatic, but I thought it would be rude to just leave the page and never update. I know that none of you sit eagerly at your computers waiting for your latest update from me, but I wanted anyone who stumbled upon the page to know that its a closed book.
People say that you should ignore hate and work on what you’re being criticised about, but its harder to practise than it is to say. I’m not cut out for this and its not as though this is a blog that will be missed.
My Twitter will still be LeilaniDiana and if you’re interested in taking over this blog, then please direct message me on there.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog, as much I did writing it. Love and light!


Spring clean your follower list!

Want to find a twitter application that shows you what your follower/following list comprises of rather than “who unfollowed me”? Well look no further, as these websites are the only ones that I use and recommend!
A few months ago, I was getting an increase of followers, I wanted to find out who was a spambot and who was just a normal homosapien.. But that’s hard, as there are more websites out there that give you the opportunity to buy followers and to find out who unfollowed you than there are that show you who the ‘real’ people are.

Twitcleaner is one of these helpful websites, all you have to do is allow it access to your Twitter profile, then ask it to run a (free) report for you (it will also get your profile to follow their twitter page, so that they can DM you the link) and then once you get your magical direct message from them, you can check out who the spambots, self publicist, I am’s, low follow back content and all the rest in-between people are! Once you find the pesky user under the label you thought they might be in, you can just click on their photo and that’s them unfollowed! You will have to use discretion though, the report doesn’t track everyone down personally to see if they’re Frank from Iowa or Binary 2.1.0/automated.. Its comprised of how they tweet and interact, so if they’re always tweeting repetitive links (like most spambots) they will most likely be under the ‘dodgy’ category, but you might know a person in that category who has their own website and they may just tweet about it 24/7 and be completely human. This is the break down of headings for the (potential) bad guys:
Dodgy – spam phrases, @ spamming, duplicate links, duplicate tweets, app spam, advertising networks etc.
Absent – No updates in a month, fewer than 10 tweets, deleted & suspended accounts.
Repetitive – High numbers of duplicate tweets or links.
Flooding – So high volume you can’t see anyone else.
Non-Responsive – No interaction, those that follow back < 10%, streams that are all feeds (facebook, twitterfeed etc).
Little New Content – Retweeting lots or just posting quotes
Not Very Interesting – People who talk about themselves a lot, or aren’t followed back very much.
One of the great features, is when you’ve finished unfollowing, Twitcleaner will save what you did and carry out the unfollows slowly, that way you don’t get in trouble for churning. The best part is, you get premium service for no cost, but if you want to you can make a donation to keep the makers in tea and scones!

The second helpful app is Tweepdash, a handy little app that breaks your twitterverse down in to 3 columns: ‘Celebrity’ ‘Fan’ ‘Friend’.
Celebrity – where you follow a person, but the meanies don’t follow back.
Fan – where they follow you but you don’t follow back.
Friends – the following is mutual.
For each column, it gives you the choice relevant for the subject. For the celebrity part you can choose to unfollow them from there and for the people you don’t follow back, you get the choice to follow them. This service is also free.

A great feature for the tweet concious people out there is that both these services don’t tweet on your behalf. A tweet will only be sent by them on your behalf, if you click on the ‘send’ button. Both these services let you do what you want and only rely on what you do, they won’t harm your twitter, so give them a try!

Things to personally achieve by September

I feel a little bit like Bridget Jones compiling this list. But it had to be done, I hate feeling like a failure and even though I know that once everything has been achieved on this list, I’ll still be a failure (I’m a typical Capricorn in my feelings).. But at least it shows I can make a list and do something, or it will be on the internet for time and memoriam to prove I can’t even follow a simple list if none of the tasks are completed, no pressure then.

1.) Be more tolerant of people, no matter how annoying they are. If all else fails, watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles to become like Del.

2.)Become fluent (or have the ability to get your point across to someone without the need to use hand gestures and grunting) in at least one language.

3.) Read at least 5 books this summer, you used to love reading and now you don’t enjoy them anymore, your bookshelves at night scream “y u no love us no more?”

4.) Try not to lose anymore friends, remember 2 years ago? You used to be so popular, now you can count your friends on one hand.

5.) Be happy, whether or not you’re always happy, you must always put that on the list, its puts things in to perspective.

6.) Try and get 5000 Twitter followers and 2,000 blog views. Because its fun. But remember to follow each kind individual back, its not nice if you don’t give back.

7.) Try and get more confidence, nobody likes creatures that blend in to the wall like a man on manoeuvres wearing camouflage and wring their hands so much that they’ve counted the specks on the floor.

8.) Empty your e-mail inbox and rue the day that you ever chose Hotmail over Yahoo, at least with Yahoo you could search for emails beginning with “Facebook” and click ‘Delete all’

9.) Curb your jealousy, hard to achieve being a typical Chinese Zodiac Pig, but you don’t want to become the person who puts Cayenne Pepper all over a guests meal because they got the promotion and you didn’t, in later life.

10.) Dare to bare legs and show toes (if the sun pops its head out).. Maybe your toes aren’t as ugly as you think and your legs don’t really resemble chicken thighs… But seriously, who gets cellulite at 16?!

11.) Try and blog earlier in the day.

So starting today, I’m going to get cracking on this list and by September 1st, I shall post a progress (hopefully completion) report!
Comment if you think something should be added to my list, help me get 5,000 followers and feel free to use this list as inspiration for yourself!

Sick of the Spam? Let’s rise above it!

Just deleted some more spam from my comments and then logged in to Twitter to find some spammers tweet mentioned me! Seriously, how many times do I need to be offered viagra? I’m not a dude!
Its not just my mentions on Twitter and my comments here that get the spamflys buzzing, a great source of spam, are the trending topics on Twitter, the best one, I’ve seen on the trends was when Hyde Park was trending; Hyde Park caught in sex tape scandal, read here http://notputtingrealurlhere.btly&#8230;
Hyde Park in a sex scandal?! Its ridiculous and the spam goes no where because no one is stupid enough to click those links anyway, I think the spammers should just give up now, because everyone is wised up to the malicious software going around.
I would actually write down all the spammy usernames down and then email it all to twitter, however if I did that I would probably become a nuisance, but on the other hand, its like volunteering to clean up your local beach, so that other people can visit, enjoy it and leave with positive thoughts. So maybe, Twitter should set up a special spammers report email, and for just 10 minutes every week, everyone who can be bothered, could report spammers, then we could feel proud that we are making that internet a better place.
I know it sounds stupid, but Twitter has over 140 million users, let’s say 20 million of them are spam accounts, if just one million people reported 10 spam accounts in a day, that’s half of the fakes reported! with statistics like that, you really can’t lose!
Dealing with Spammers, Hackers, Viruses and other malicious ware, is a never ending battle, but if you can say that you helped squash them down, then hold your head up high.
Facebook isn’t excluded on this either, but it would be harder to find mass spam accounts on there as everything is so ‘private’..
Also, when I say rise above it, I am not encouraging any of you to go and camp out somewhere, I do not want the blame for the Twitter version of the Arab spring!

If you can’t make your real world a better place, then why not improve your virtual world?

Reasons for keeping Twitter

Here are 10 reasons why I kept my Twitter account:

    1. Its Public, only Direct Messages are hidden.
    2. Contacting Twitter is effortless and I’ve had replies within 48hrs.
    3. Anyone can look at my page, interact with me and follow me.
    4. Its not a breeding ground for ‘like for a status’ or ‘all likes returned’
    5. You don’t have to upload photo albums, if you have a picture, you upload them to your photo hosting site and they’ll appear on your Twitter.
    6. There are less duck pouts and fake tans on Twitter display photos.
    7. Twitter all around isn’t intrusive with a billion questions like interested in, relationship status, quotes etc..
    8. If someone unfollows you and then follows you back, its not as blatent as some unfriending then sending a friend request.
    9. Following (unless the account is set on private) is instant, you follow and its done, no waiting around for accepting!
    10. Trends and Hashtags are awesome and actually mean something.

Facebook is becoming intrusive.. When I signed up to Twitter, I was surprised at the lack of questions, because I was used to facebooks 10,000 questions and what colour are your grandmothers eyes! Setting up was easy, the only downside to Twitter is a lack of Chat, though if you have 1548 followers that you don’t know, I understand why there isn’t a chat application!
All in all, I feel much safer on Twitter and if I am being watched I prefer to be watched on something the whole world can see, rather than something that I believe is private, but is being snooped on through curtains.

Are you a Twitter user? Comment below on why you like Twitter! All comments can be anonymous if you’re comment shy, but if you include a name that would be really cool 🙂

I have nothing to hide, but I still feel like my space is being encroached if I am being told something is private when its quite the opposite

What does the internet mean to us?

What is the internet?

That’s it simply put, what is the internet?
How has something so new revolutionised our lives so much?
I took to a group that I’m part of on facebook, to ask what the internet really means to us, and what they thought, here are some opinions:

“The internet is one of, if not the most significant invention in human history. It is a source of both information and entertainment, and something that our society will continue to centre its evolution around. However, in many places it has become corrupt, but that is to be expected, since the world is.”
“Without the internet, I’d be a very different person. Probably a lot more successful person too.”
“It’s useful for studying things and finding out things, but not for solving mysteries because google never has the answers to the unsolved… unfortunately.”
“It’s good for research but often doesn’t work, and you have to take what it says with a large pinch of salt quite often… but very useful, all the same.”
“I think its a very powerful tool for work and your social life but it can be used for evil sometimes”
“It’s a terrible thing. But at the same time, SO INCREDIBLY USEFUL.”

So mixed thoughts, the internet can be used for so much nowadays, homework, work, social networking and many other good things in the world.
But does it utilise our time better learning through a screen rather than hands on?
Let’s use YouTube as an example, some educational videos are on there, like Travellinguist, which gives lessons in most languages, so you can learn a new language every month, if you like. Then we have other videos on there, not so educational such as ‘Charlie bit me -again’ which at the moment has amassed 449,420,225 views, good huh? I suppose, if you’re taking a break from studying, they’re the perfect light entertainment videos to stress relieve.
I am actually learning a language using solely the internet, I want to prove that it is possible, with perseverance that I can become fluent in whatever language I like.. Unfortunately, the lesser known languages like Tibetan, don’t have many resources, so instead I chose Romanian, and I’m coming along in it quite nicely!
Social networking has really brought friendship viral, from the old school ones Bebo and MSN, to the newer, perhaps 2.0 of friendship sites, Facebook and Twitter. These are some great sites to share photos of the latest holiday, tell everyone your news and now share you location. But at what point does the social network become too viral? Sadly, sometimes you can’t even go a month without a trend on twitter being dedicated to someone who has committed suicide through bullying and trolls. One hugely known case of trolling ruining someone’s life is a girl named Jessi Slaughter, in one video, she was brave, standing up to the keyboard ninjas, but 2 days later another video of her is posted, practically having a breakdown, with her father shouting in the background, expressing his anger at the trolls. Its all really moving stuff, how after vowing not to let it get to her, it eventually did.
You can’t escape bullying on social network sites, and its not even a case of ‘if you don’t like heat, get out the kitchen’, or in layman terms, if you don’t like the cyber nasties, then don’t join up. That isn’t the case, the peer pressure is phenomenal and not only that, things that seem dangerous always have a way of niggling in our heads saying ‘look at me, join me’.
Websites that harbour personal information and utilise location data, are a breeding ground for stalkers, haven’t you noticed that celebrities never take advantage of adding a location to tweets and updates?
Also coming in to the spotlight, is porn. I read somewhere that even 7 year old’s have seen pornographic images on the internet.. 7 year old’s? When I was 7 seven, I didn’t even know how babies were made. I got sexual education at around 10, but I didn’t feel a need to hop on the computer and start googling bums and boobs. But now boys as young as 10 are obsessed with porn, then expecting the girls to look like barbie dolls and do exceptional things with their tongues *shudders* a teenage boy recently got put on the sexual offenders list, but the ironic thing is, he’s never been kissed, but now he’s been branded for life.
If I had the time to write down every good thing and every bad thing about the internet, then I think this would resemble a famous book called War and Peace, but I think you would be falling asleep if I did that. So I’ll leave you with my own parting words:

What is put on the internet, will stay on there for the longevity of the internet. So if you wouldn’t print it off and stick to every lamppost in the world, then don’t put it on the internet.

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