Monthly Archives: September 2012

Twitter Rules for Twitter “Noobs”

I’ve been on Twitter since 2009, and still getting the hang of it. Like every new social media, it started so fun, but after a while, it gets annoying. In my case, it’s because there are more and more annoying Facebook users on Twitter. What makes them annoying is that they use Twitter like they use their Facebook.

There are some major “rules” that Twitter “noobs” should know before they use Twitter, or just started to use one. I tweeted some of them repeatedly on my Twitter, but I get tired of it. So here goes.

1. DON’T ASK FOR A FOLLOW-BACK even if you know that person, unless it’s for important reasons (such as sending an urgent Direct Message). Unlike Facebook, you don’t “befriend” someone on Twitter because they’re your friends, but because of their tweets. It’s not only once or twice that I unfollowed my friends, just because their tweets are annoying or unpleasant to read. Noobs, it’s okay if you don’t have many followers. Besides, having many followers can be pretty annoying too.

2. DON’T EVER SAY “Mention me for a follow-back”. That’s a desperate act for followers, and clearly your Facebook brain talking. Seriously, don’t do it.

3. When you have a conversation going with your friends, DON’T USE RT. This usually occurs for those who use third-party Twitter client, such as UberSocial. For Example:

@XXY: Oh yeah sure, what time? RT @XXX hey are you going to watch that new movie tonight @XXY?

Seriously? Like I said, people follow you for your tweets, and trust me, unless you’re someone famous, WE DON’T REALLY WANNA KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP TO. Keep your plans to yourself and use the ‘Reply’ button.

4. Even if you use the ‘Reply’ button for your conversation, MAKE SURE THE USERNAME IS IN THE FRONT. Why? Because if it’s in the middle or in the back of the tweet, your followers still can see your annoying tweets! So please. FRONT of the tweet. NOT BACK, NOT MIDDLE. FRONT.

5. NEVER Copy-Paste someone’s tweets without their consent. There are many ways to ReTweet them besides ‘RT’ button, for example:

@oki654: Sexuality is as mysterious as love itself. Just because you are one way doesn’t mean others should follow. – @VeHandojo

OR

@oki654: Sexuality is as mysterious as love itself. Just because you are one way doesn’t mean others should follow. (via @VeHandojo)

OR

@oki654: RT @VeHandojo Sexuality is as mysterious as love itself. Just because you are one way doesn’t mean others should follow.

6. When you mention a bunch of people, make sure you leave a space between each one, so they can read your tweet. For example, DON’T DO THIS:

@XXX: @Xxy@Xyy@Yyy@Yyx@Yxx hey are you guys up for tonight?

Trust me, they can’t see your tweets, except if they stalk your tweets, which is very unlikely. At least for me.

7. When you want to join a quiz or a contest on Twitter (which usually requires you to follow an account and mention them) MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT PROTECTING YOUR TWEETS. Why? Because they can’t see your tweets. Duh.

8. Please write properly. Seriously, Th15 K1nD 0f WrItiN9 is forbidden on Twitter. If your Shift or Capslock key is broken, repair before you start tweeting again.

9. NEVER use Twitlonger. Life is too short to open your twitlonger links, people. There’s a reason why Twitter only provide only 140 characters per tweet: to keep you Facebookers away. If you want to quote a whole song, post it on Facebook, not on Twitter.

10. NEVER open strange links on your Direct Message (DM), even if your friend was the sender. For example:

You won’t believe what they’re saying about you behind your back. See this bit.ly/xxxx

Most likely, that DM was an attempt to hack into your Twitter account. Most of the time, your friend won’t even notice that they sent that DM, either. Twitter provided you security, but please don’t be stupid either. Carefully protect your account.

Of course, there are many “unofficial rules” on Twitter, you can even search them online. So far, those “Ten Commandments” were what I remembered so far, and will be updated over time.

Finally, don’t take things too personal on Twitter. Don’t get mad to your friend if she/he unfollowed you. Maybe your tweets are at fault, who knows?

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Owl City – The Midsummer Station Album Review

Now this is a hot stuff. This album’s been buzzing for a while now, even before it was released. If you haven’t got the chance to listen to this album, you can download it here. I myself have listened to it for about five times, and I’m gonna give my track-by-track review. But before that, you should know that my opinion for this album might not sound very objective, since I’m a fan of Owl City 😀

And now, on to the tracks!

Dreams and Disasters
I always thought that the first track of an album serves like a warm-up before a workout, and this track did its job well. It’s a great album-opener! This is my second-favourite track of the album for its cool beats, lyrics, and catchy hooks!

Shooting Star
I heard this song before in the Shooting Star EP (Extended Play), and my first reaction was, “This is Adam’s version of Katy Perry’s “Fireworks”!” The tracks are not similar, but the feeling you get when you listen to this track are the same with Fireworks.

Gold
I have a mixed feeling about this track. The intro was just “okay”, but the “I don’t need the stars in the night” part was pretty cool. I have to admit that this might be the “weakest” track of the album, though.

Dementia
Another song from the Shooting Star EP. I like the Adam-Mark Hoppus’ combo in this track, but the song was just okay for me.

I’m Coming after You
Now this is a fun song, especially if you’re a cop. Cops, if you want to flirt with your crush, sing this song to her! “You got the right to remain right here with me” is the funniest part 😀

Speed of Love
Somehow, this track feels like a mash-up for “falling in love” and “racing in a track”. This track is fine, nice beats to listen to.

Good Time
I gotta tell ya, I don’t like Carly Rae Jepsen. Her voice is just…! Never mind. I’m pretty sure Breanne’s gonna sing her part throughout #OCTMS world tour, so it’s all good. This is a GREAT summer song though!

Embers
When you’re feeling down and need a motivational song, then this is it. It lifts up your spirit!

Silhouette
This track is the opposite of Embers. It’s one of two mellow songs in this album. The lyrics are really “deep”, so to say. When you feel like you need a soundtrack while you’re crying, this is it. Definitely a song worth listening to.

Metropolis
My favourite track of the album! Cool beat, catchy hooks, and, as ever, quirky lyrics. I’m imagining myself in a car speeding up in a highway with this song in the background. Yeah, it’s THAT cool!

Take It All Away
My favourite track on the Shooting Star EP, but not in this album. After hearing the other tracks, this just sounded okay.

Bombshell Blonde
A bonus track for pre-ordering the album on iTunes. Most people like this track, but not me. The dubstep part on the bridge are a bit annoying to me.

Top of the World
This is a bonus track for Japanese HootOwls. A good track to lift up your spirit, and better one to dance to!

Overall, The Midsummer Station is a great summer album. If you like dancing and summer beats like I do (not the dancing part), this is the album for you. Of course, this album’s very different from the previous two. A lot of people said this is not Owl City, but I feel like it’s the new him. He’s growing, and not the same person he was when he made Ocean Eyes. This is an Electronica Pop (or Electropop) album, unlike the first album, which sounded more as a Pop album.

Lastly, I can’t wait to jump around in Adam’s beats when he’s performing in Jakarta this November!

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Expect the Expectations

Recently there’s this movie entitled What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which was one of those best-seller-book-made-into-a-movie. Of course, this blogpost will not be about babies or pregnancy. I’m currently thinking about expectations, how it usually ruins an experience for trying out something new. It could be about movies, books, or even a relationship.

Recently I bought two books from an online bookstore. One book I loved so much, I decided to give my review on the book, and the other, I hated so much. That book was an omnibus or also known as an anthology (one book with multiple writers), in which one of the writers was one of my favorite writer, while the other was someone I know (I don’t need to tell the details). I expected so much from these two writers, especially after I had a great time reading my first book that I ordered.

But I was very disappointed. In the words of Yoda, “Disappointed, I was.”

The book was REALLY boring. I even regretted that I bought it in the first place. Some of the comments regarding the book made me anxious to read it. Some of them said it was “very touching”, “made me want to travel”, et cetera et cetera. But not me. Not even for a bit. Maybe I expected so much, or maybe that book was not for me. Still, I was very disappointed.

If I looked back, the disappointment I felt came from my expectation about that particular book. I expected it would be “very touching” and such, but it didn’t. I thought the writing would be very satisfying, but it didn’t.

Recently a friend of mine also been expecting a particular movie. She’d been expecting it for a while, and didn’t read any reviews or synopsis of the movie. She only watched the trailer once, and it was on accident. After she watched the movie, she was disappointed, because it failed her expectation.

Expectation kills, huh?

It’s really hard not to expect so much on something you’ve been expecting for a while, isn’t it? So, should we stop expecting or start wishing for the best instead?

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