Twitter

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My Twitter account is @oranv, originally @oranviri. Twitter is my primary public social media account.

If you came here from Twitter, welcome. If you follow me there, thank you. This page will outline my approach to using Twitter and might explain some of my behavior while using that service.

Rules & guidelines

Viewpoint

What I tweet is my personal opinion alone and not anyone else’s. No one is paying me to tweet nor has anyone reviewed my tweets prior to posting but myself. That is why I do not list my employers or affiliated organizations in my Twitter bio.

Follows

To keep my timeline manageable, I am very selective in which accounts I follow. A followback almost never happens. I make use of private lists to follow accounts in specific topics to reduce clutter on my main feed.

Endorsements

Follows, retweets, and likes do not necessarily constitute an endorsement. If I endorse something, I will say it.

Traffic Management

I employ muting retweets to reduce the volume of tweets from accounts that retweet too much for my taste. I mute accounts to quietly get them out of my feed and mentions. I also will mute certain threads. I rarely block accounts.

Threads

Most of my threads are live from the field and free form. I am not a fan of pre-composing threads that really should be a blog post. I might have long running threads for certain topics. I dislike thread unroller apps and do not wish them be used on my threads.

Self quotation

I tend to quote my past tweets and cite myself.

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I endeavor to provide descriptive text (also called Alt text) for images and photos I post.

Fair use principle applies. I will cite the author of a work that is not mine. I do not pass other people’s work as my own.

Retweets, responses, and quote tweets

I tend to verify the content before retweeting something.

When tweeting about a previous retweet, I might preface it with “LRT” instead of quote tweeting to give myself a degree of spearation.

Style

I tweet in US English and Thai.

SI metric units, 24-hour clock, and ISO 8601 date format are preferred, though US customary units, 12-hour clock (am/pm), and various date formats are also used.

I am being less serious or memeing when my tweets are written in all lowercase with minimal punctuation.

I only tag or mention accounts when I want a response from them to bring something to their attention. Otherwise, when writing about them in general I use a hashtag or plain name.

Hashtags

I use hashtags sparingly, mostly to group my own tweets for future reference. I tend to avoid jumping on the “hashtag du jour”. Below is a sampling of hashtags used:

  • #GilligView in which I complain about the poor visibility from windows on Gillig’s low floor buses
  • #ArticWatch for when I spot an articulated bendy bus in the field. I like big buses and used to ride them daily on my commute.
  • #VacantSB showing vacant storefronts and new development in Santa Barbara
  • #SBMTD for Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District
  • #NerdTrain for the annual train ride with friends who love trains, travel, transit and other tangential topics
  • #AmtrakCoffee because no morning train ride is complete without a cup of Amtrak Joe