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 Yes you are not seeing things, no you have not stumbled into an alternate reality that only Sheldon Cooper could explain. Yes I am typing this and no I’m not drunk.

Long thought to be vapourware, Carbon for Twitter has finally be released. Initial reviews have this as saying that

Its so aesthetically pleasing that no other app could beat this. Its functional, switching between accounts is a breeze and the best I’ve seen.

Click on the link below to give the app a go, just remember to give the devil a wave as he skates to work.

Carbon for Android



My posts are just like buses. Nothing comes then all of a sudden you get three at once (well within 24 hours but you catch my drift).

Checking my account on App.Net yesterday I noticed that I’ve been granted three more one-month trials. My other half has already stolen one so that means I have two left to give away. Just DM on Twitter (@Guillin) with your email address and i will fire you one your way as soon as I can.

Last time I did this, I gave the three trials away with half an hour, so get in quick to try it.

Netbot now free!

Posted: 02/02/2013 in Apps, Mobile, Social Media
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App.Net (or ADN) is a social media platform that launched in 2012. You do have to pay for it (currently $5 a month or $36 a year) however with this comes guarantees. ADN will stay developer friendly, won’t use apps and your details won’t be sold on. This sounds the opposite of another social media platform doesn’t it?

I’m afraid all free trials have now been claimed.


 App.Net (or ADN) is a social media platform that was launched in August 2012, and despite the small user base (around 25,000 users at the time of writing this), I find it to be a very good platform. It’s similar to Twitter in a way of how you view the timeline and reply to users, but that is pretty much where the similarities end.


Who forgot to put the money in?

Who forgot to put the money in?

(21:01 GMT) If you go to try to log into Google+ right now, you will be greeted with a very confused and broken robot with the message


503. That’s an error.

There was an error. Please try again later. That’s  all we know

Now it’s very rare for anything from Google to go down and this is the first time that I’ve seen their social media platform go down. Knowing the “Big G” though I’m sure it won’t be long before it’s back up and running. (Trying it on my iPhone is also bringing up nothing).

(21:26 GMT) It would appear that the  planets have realigned as Google+ is back up and running.

For those who read my previous post, you will have read how Twitter banned a journalist for being critical of NBC’s Olympic coverage and for tweeting a business email of the person in charge of their coverage. It turns out that Twitter did encourage NBC to file a formal complaint. Over the last 24 hours though this has cause huge uproar on the social media side from the user base and for me it can only be seen as a victory for freedom of speech and an embarrassing climbdown for both Twitter and NBC. The full explanation from Twitter is below…

We want to take a moment to explain some of our general Trust and Safety policies and procedures, and address the specific case at hand that has unfolded over the past 48-hours (we normally don’t address matters pertaining to individual accounts for the privacy of the account, but here the relevant communications are now public).

When our Trust and Safety team receives a report from a user explaining that his/her private personally-identifiable information has been posted on Twitter, we investigate the issue and temporarily suspend the account if it is found to be violating our Guidelines & Best Practices. We make it possible for people to report posting of their private information because it may be used to harass or intimidate, and in certain circumstances may even be illegal. We have systems in place to address such behavior. 

Before the violating account is unsuspended, we ask the account holder to do two things:
we ask that they confirm that they understand our private information policy, and
we ask them to state that going forward they will follow the Twitter Terms of Service. 
Once they have confirmed this for us in their email response, their account is unsuspended. Additionally, if we receive a notice from the complainant rescinding their original complaint, the account is unsuspended.

The Trust and Safety team does not actively monitor users’ content. In all cases, whether the user is the head of a major corporation, a celebrity, or a regular user, we require a report to be filed at our abusive users webform. Not only do we need a report, but we need a report from the person whose private information has been posted, or someone who is able to legally act on their behalf. We do not proactively report or remove private information on behalf of other users, no matter who they are. 

We’ve seen a lot of commentary about whether we should have considered a corporate email address to be private information. There are many individuals who may use their work email address for a variety of personal reasons — and some may not. Our Trust and Safety team does not have insight into the use of every user’s email address, and we need a policy that we can implement across all of our users in every instance.

That said, we want to apologize for the part of this story that we did mess up. The team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a Tweet that was in violation of the Twitter Rules and encouraged them to file a support ticket with our Trust and Safety team to report the violation, as has now been reported publicly. Our Trust and Safety team did not know that part of the story and acted on the report as they would any other.

As I stated earlier, we do not proactively report or remove content on behalf of other users no matter who they are. This behavior is not acceptable and undermines the trust our users have in us. We should not and cannot be in the business of proactively monitoring and flagging content, no matter who the user is — whether a business partner, celebrity or friend. As of earlier today, the account has been unsuspended, and we will actively work to ensure this does not happen again.

Posted by Alex Macgillivray, General Counsel – @amac

As you can see Twitter have apologized for their “mistake” but the whole incident still raises questions about how likely are Twitter to “bend” their own rules to suit business partners in the future.


I think that Twitter is in dangerous territory with what they’ve done over the last 24 hours. For this who don’t know they banned a harsh critic of NBC coverage of the London Olympics.

The official line for the suspension is that he tweeted the head of NBC’s personal email address and this is against the terms and conditions of Twitter. This would all be well and good apart from, from what I have seen, is that the email address wasn’t personal at all, and is his NBC business address.

What’s makes this while situation even more murky is that Twitter and NBC signed up to have a joint partnership during the Olympics. Now to me I think this is Twitter abusing its power for the sake of its own business ventures. By banning this journalist, they are trying to send a message to everyone else. The only problem is, if someone pisses a group of people off, where do these people go to complain and gather more support? That’s right. Twitter.

Now I love to Tweet, but they’ve scored a massive own goal with this and they must realise this now. Twitter needs to realise that it’s a form of communication nowadays and in my opinion it must stay fully open.