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Giovanni Tiso is a hateful little troll and a Twitter terrorist.

He is having a bash at Heather du Plessis-Allan

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The slow death of Twitter

I have often said, to anyone who asks my point of view about Twitter, that Twitter is irrelevant and useless as a political tool. It has become the domain of bullies and tossers.

Any politician who thinks or says that Twitter is a valuable tool for engagement is bereft of brain cells. Anyone who calls themselves a social media guru is a fraud.

Twitter is not the real world, and this is especially relevant in New Zealand where the reality is just a few hundred people drive most of the traffic and comment and chat and felch each other in a mutual circle jerk waiting for the next target of their circle of hate.

Most people don’t even know what Twitter is much less a hashtag.

Damian Thompson outlines at the Daily Mail his analysis of how bereft of relevance Twitter has become.

The truth is that Twitter has lost its magic. For compulsive tweeters such as me, the system seems fine on the surface — buzzing away as merrily as ever. But the fact is that Twitter is in deep trouble.

Panic set in at the company’s San Francisco HQ long before this week’s fiasco.

Its baby-faced vegan co-founder Biz Stone (real name Christopher Isaac Stone) is a worried man. So are Jack Dorsey and Noah Glass, with whom he launched the project in 2006.

In less than a decade, Twitter has become part of the fabric of many people’s lives.

We users go on to Twitter to post pictures of our children’s birthday parties, to tease our mates about the drunken pass they made last night, to suck up to the boss, to promote our businesses — and, shamefully, to follow the witterings of celebrities.

The American pop star Katy Perry has 68 million followers, making her the world’s number one tweeter. Sample tweet from this week: ‘My heart breaks w/the rising toll from the #NepalEarthquake’ — a shocking tragedy indeed, but also an opportunity for our Katy to cash in by showing off her boundless compassion. Celebs love using Twitter for this purpose.

But Katy Perry also uses Instagram, the photo-sharing app with 300 million users that turned ‘selfies’ into a worldwide fad. And that’s where her target audience of teenagers follows her.

By contrast, Twitter is, like, just so old-fashioned — i.e., ancient history. Tell them that Barack Obama and the Pope are now tweeters, and they’ll just shrug — convinced that Twitter is for old people, meaning anyone over 25.

Indeed, Instagram is ruining Twitter’s business model. Even more deadly is WhatsApp — free for the first year before charging a tiny fee — which enables people to send text messages, photos, videos etc from their smartphones. It has 800 million active users.

The rival social messaging site Facebook predicted that the number could soon rise to three billion and thus bought WhatsApp for $19 billion. And it also owns Instagram.

One of Twitter’s big problems is that it doesn’t gather enough commercially valuable information about its users to target ads as effectively as some of its rivals can.

And although the cool kids now think tweeting is lame, there aren’t enough of them deserting the site to account for Twitter’s dramatic slowing down in growth.

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Tweets of the Day

Yesterday Julie Anne Genter was pushing her climate change agenda because of a little bit of extra rain in Wellington.

The poor petals are quite upset and blaming climate change for the floods. I jumped in and pointed out that it was alarmism, and no big deal…they’ve had a rainy day.

Keith Ng, that brilliant journalist who once raised a couple of thousand dollars for a post on hacking WINZ terminals and a good mate of the Tweeting left asked me this:

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Left wing whinging is becoming embarrassing, some are now writing about it

The left whinge unhinged in NZ after the election and their trouncing by John Key.

The same has happened in the UK and it is becoming embarrassing. So much so that some lefties are taking to the Telegraph to explain how embarrassing the whinging has become.

I’m pretty sure that the best moment of Ed Miliband’s election actually came shortly after he resigned, when he turned up at the Cenotaph to take part in the VE Day ceremony.

Here was a man who had just seen his career destroyed, a man who probably hadn’t slept for two days, and yet he still managed to put on a clean suit and make peace with his political enemy to pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in the Second World War. The Sun called this moment “awkward”, but I actually thought it was pretty awesome, a sign of all that is great about Britain and its traditions. It was just a shame that so many other members of the Left didn’t share his dignity in defeat.

You do have to admire Miliband getting up to go and do that. He might be a spas but he has decorum.

Less than 24 hours later, anti-Tory protestors had desecrated the Women of World War Two memorial on Whitehall. “F*** Tory Scum” was the charming note left in red graffiti. Laurie Penny, a darling of the Left, tweeted that she didn’t have a problem with the vandalism – she argued that the real vandals were sitting in Downing Street, breaking up the welfare state

Elsewhere on social media, Labour supporters spent much of Friday laying in to anyone who had voted Conservative. “Who are these ***** who voted Tory?” wrote one friend on Facebook. “To the selfish morons who voted for Cameron et al: I hope you are proud of yourselves,” wrote another. “I hope you enjoy your slightly lower taxes, you shameless, shameless human beings.”

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No wonder she keeps losing to Nikki Kaye

Jacinda Ardern has a puff piece written about her in the Marlborough Express.

It is all a bit sick inducing but there is this bit that is interesting.

Speaking with the Express before her talk, Ardern said she had chosen to share lessons she had learnt as a politician using social media in her presentation.

The series of RISE presentations had the theme, ‘Stand out in the world of digital disruption’.

Ardern, who has 26,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook and 32,700 followers on Twitter, said social media was a good way of showing people what makes you tick as a politician.

The time where politicians simply broadcasted their views on political issues had passed, Ardern said.

“People aren’t looking for press statements online – they’re looking for who you are.

“Some of the most popular posts on Facebook aren’t political. They’re pictures of my mother.”   Read more »

The insanity of the left and their propensity towards online bullying

There is an outpouring of anguish from the left after the Tories walloped their best chosen one in the election last Thursday.

They have of course taken to twitter and to Facebook to rampage and rage against anyone who dares speak differently to them.

We see this constantly in New Zealand where Twitter Terrorism is rampant amongst the left who seek to get people sacked, their revenue cut and businesses blackmailed into thinking and acting like them.

This sort of behaviour causes sensible people to quietly abandon platforms like Twitter and talk about other things on Facebook…making analysis of social media in assessing a campaign pointless and wrong.

Lewis Barber explains:

For me, the choice was clear this election but if anything the campaign showed that many Tories were unprepared to espouse their ideals as loudly as a certain strand of the Left do.

So, why is there such hesitancy among Conservative voters to support this record? The simple answer is that for many, particularly students like myself, it is still seen as taboo to support the Conservative Party. F**k Tories signs dotted across university, student unions dominated by the far left – who worry more about solidarity with Peruvian revolutionaries than they do about issues for students on campus – and being called a murderer for expressing  right wing opinions – all combine to make it feel as if the Left has a monopoly on university life.

Nonetheless, nowhere is being a shy Tory more encouraged than on social media, specifically Facebook, where any movement away from the “progressive line” is treated as treason. Tories are seen as inherently bad. Those who support fiscal sensibility are painted as devious or tricksters who have pulled the wool over an electorate made out to be naturally left wing. On an event created to “Stop the Tory Coup” one user claimed the election was “a fix” – and started to organise a protest against the democratic outcome.

After the election such self-righteousness continued. One Facebook user claimed that someone was simply “wrong” when a friend posted he thought Britain had made the right decision. Another Facebook user  claimed the electorate were “simply not ready for someone who knew what they were doing” in reference to the poor showing by Miliband’s party.

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The fixation with digital campaigning

Labour tried in the last two elections in New Zealand, with Trevor Mallard famously claiming they would win the Twitter campaign.

Ed Miliband also had a “good digital campaign strategy” according to the man who has never won a seat, Andrew Little.

But is Twitter and Facebook the be all and end all for campaigning in the modern era.

I don’t think so and have told many aspiring and existing politician as much. They argue about “engagement” and “connecting” and other gay terms like that, and as yet they haven’t said to me after numerous examples to the contrary that I am right and they are wrong. I have even said as much to the one blogger who monitored social media last election here…whose blog is now silent.

So let’s look at the latest election and some facts.

Over the last three months or so, 257 Labour MPs have tweeted, compared with 303 Conservatives. But of the 229 thousand tweets over that time, 49 per cent came from Labour MPs, compared with 31 per cent from the Tories. There may be fewer of them but they’re significantly louder.

Labour MPs are also more mentioned by ordinary Twitter users: 46 per cent of all tweets mentioning an MP mention a Labour member; compared to 36 per cent for the Tories, and a paltry 5 per cent for the Lib Dems (most of which were for Nick Clegg).

Then there’s the ‘hashflags’ (basically a hashtag with a little flag attached, promoted by Twitter itself). Between the 28 April – 5 May, the Labour party hashflag was the most used of all the parties. Around 41 thousand unique users posted the Labour hashflag compared to 27 thousand for UKIP, 15 thousand for Conservative, 10 thousand for Lib Dem and around 8 thousand for the Green Party.   Read more »

Female Researcher told to ‘find one or two males’ to co-author paper

The troughers in the University of Otago will go ape over this should it gain some traction.

Evolutionary geneticist Fiona Ingleby was shocked when she read the review accompanying the rejection for her latest manuscript, which investigates gender differences in the Ph.D.-to-postdoc transition, so she took the issue to Twitter.

Earlier today, Ingleby, a postdoc at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, posted two excerpts of the anonymous review. “It would probably … be beneficial to find one or two male biologists to work with (or at least obtain internal peer review from, but better yet as active co-authors)” to prevent the manuscript fromdrifting too far away from empirical evidence into ideologically biased assumptions,” the reviewer wrote in one portion.

“Perhaps it is not so surprising that on average male doctoral students co-author one more paper than female doctoral students, just as, on average, male doctoral students can probably run a mile a bit faster than female doctoral students,” added the reviewer (whose gender is not known).

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Why companies shouldn’t cave to Twitter Terrorists like Giovanni Tiso

Giovanni Tiso and Pater Aranyi are co-ordinating another Twitter Terrorism attack against companies who support people they don’t like, like Mike Hosking.

It is the way of the left in New Zealand, to bully people into silence by trying cost them revenue or jobs. John Drinnan likes to do it too, but he is far more sneaky about it.

Many companies buckle in the face of the social media storm, but they shouldn’t.

Wicked Campers showed why and there is an article on Breitbart that explains precisely why it is Wicked Campers were right to stand strong in the face of Twitter Terrorists.

Something subtle, yet powerful is happening in the ultra fast-moving, consumer-savvy world of internet-era marketing. In fact, it’s an idea so new, none of the marketing gurus I approached while writing this piece had even really thought about it.

It’s the joyous concept of turning furious Social Justice Warriors to your advantage – and harnessing their rage to make you piles of beautiful dosh.

It runs like this. Consumer A is offended by a product, a company or an advertisement for something they find misogynistic/sexist/homophobic/transphobic/racist/sizeist/whatever.

Consumer A – an Offendotron who would probably never even buy the product in question – rallies like-minded SJWs via an established, global network of Twitter outrage groups. Next, somebody inexorably starts a shaming petition, loudly calling for the product to be banned.

But here’s the rub: when you accuse a product of being homophobic, or promoting violence against women, or whatever’s on today’s rap sheet, you are basically accusing Consumer B – the product’s core customers – of thinking in the same way. And Consumer B starts to get indignant about it. So Consumer B leaps to the brand’s defence and rallies all other Consumer Bs out there – and two tribes go to a capitalistic war.

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Wicked Campers showing why they’d make great National party office holders

Wicked Campers has flipped the bird at the whingers and whiners about their alleged “misogynist” messages on their campers.

They have basically told the whiners to go fly a kite.

This is the gold standard of how to reply to moral blackmailers who infest Twitter and Social Media attempting to shut down people and businesses that they don’t agree with.

Wicked Campers would like to address the public concern surrounding its use of controversial artwork on vehicles in Australia & New Zealand.

To meet the commitments made in our prior Press Release, we employed a team of highly-intelligent, socially-conscious super monkeys to closely monitor the subject matter featured on our vehicles and scream loudly when offended.

This initiative had been code-named ‘Moral Monkey Squad’ under a carefully constructed mission statement:

‘Moral Monkey Squad are dedicated to satisfying the whims and wishes of the humour-inept, self-righteous moral majority while wearing little monkey tuxedos and funny hats’    Read more »