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    • I love sharing video clips from YouTube to start interesting and enjoyable conversations. TED is also a fav for contributing to an ongoing conversation, such as this one on Optogenetics, fruit flies and taste preferences.

      Which sites do you like to share content from?

    • I feel like interesting conversation starters can come from anywhere! Last night I was listening to the latest Conan O'Brien podcast, featuring Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly, on which Nick Offerman said "I like cake" - so of course there's inspiration there (also, it's a really good podcast). Interesting landmarks or places IRL inspire me to want to share and discuss them on Cake - but same with current events, music or even recipes.

    • I would love to see people bring conversations from Twitter to Cake.

      Twitter is a great place for conversations to start, but it's a terrible place to actually go in-depth on anything, especially once multiple people join in and the threading becomes impossible to follow.

    • especially once multiple people join in and the threading becomes impossible to follow.

      I think one of things that Cake has over other forums is the ease of following the flow of multiple conversations.

      I can quote the section of a post that I’m responding to (see above ⬆️), which provides quick context for readers.

      In addition, if I want to see the post someone responded to I can click the expand arrow to instantly see it. Sites like the Well, Reddit, Twitter and Voat feel like I’m stuck in the 1990s by comparison.

      Perhaps there’s a reason why this would be a horrible idea:

      Create a topic called Twitter Conversations.

      Create a conversation on Cake and include as one of the topics, Twitter Conversations.

      Right now, when I tweet a conversation on Twitter, Cake assigns the photo uploaded with the post. Like this.

      Instead, for conversations that include the “Twitter Conversations” topic, use a consistent image so that over time people on Twitter associate the 🎂 image with “Go here to have a civilized discussion on this.”

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    • Interesting idea. We'll give this some thought.

      In general, though, I'm not a big fan of the idea of using topics to trigger app behavior. I think it's important that topics be relevant to people, not just to computers.

      The main purpose of topics is to make it possible for people to see conversations about things they're interested in, but it seems unlikely that a person would be interested in seeing every conversation in a "Twitter Conversations" topic, since those conversations will be about wildly different things whose only commonality is that they started on Twitter.

      One other thing to be aware of is that not all Twitter clients display link embeds (some just show the bare URL with no preview). So it might be better if Twitter users who want to continue conversations on Cake actually said something like "Let's continue this conversation on Cake at [url]".

    • Twitter is where I get most of my news, and from where I source most of the content I share here. But I rarely post and never get into conversations there precisely because it's a terrible place to have a meaningful conversation.

      Still, people often post informative and interesting threads there, it would be nice to be able to bring those over here.

    • I did preface my comment with “this may be a horrible idea”.

      Seriously, what you’re saying makes perfect sense.  Hacking a “workaround” solution can result in unintended consequences and I think your solution of “Let’s move the conversation to Cake” is a pretty straightforward solution.

      I also think your idea could attract G+ refugees who have temporarily relocated to Twitter until they decide on a permanent new home.  Basically it’s an invitation to have a longer form, safe, troll-free and easy to follow conversation on a platform optimized for this.

    • I feel like interesting conversation starters can come from anywhere!

      Same here. If I see something interesting which I feel can initiate an interesting conversation on Cake, I just share it.

    • I need to figure out where I'm going wrong on Twitter. I see people sharing the most interesting Tweets. I must be following the wrong people. I get so bored so quickly scrolling my feed on Twitter. I do love Reddit tho, and Feedly.

    • I was going to say the same thing. Position Cake as a place to jump off to from Twitter, as a better deep conversation environment. Build some features to make that clear and easy.

    • Don’t follow brands. Don’t follow celebrities. Don’t follow anyone who tweets or retweets more than ten times a day. Don’t follow anyone who overuses hashtags. Don’t follow journalists or columnists. Don’t follow people just because you know them. Don’t follow anyone who mostly tweets complaints or negativity or outrage. Don’t follow anyone who mostly self-promotes.

      I could go on. 😉

      Obviously these rules have exceptions. But in general this is how I’ve managed to create a pretty tightly curated set of follows on Twitter so that mostly I’m pretty happy with the tweets I see. But there are still some people I have to mute for a while every now and then.

      It’s so much work though.

    • It's all about carefully curating a list of follows. Whenever you get bored, unfollow the accounts that bore you. Whenever you see an interesting retweet, dip into the account's tweets, it might be worth a follow.

      Also, lists. Beside the general, primary list of follows, I maintain a couple of twitter lists: news, tech, science... It easier to run through a bunch of updates if they are thematically connected. Too bad the official app more or less pretends the lists don't exist, which is why I'm using an alternative client, which gives me multiple feeds side-by-side, accessible with a swipe, so I can quickly switch from the main timeline, to any of the lists, to favorites and so on. Of course, only chronological list of tweets, none of that 'selected for you' crap. My client also donesn't have any ads, which also helps.

      Finally, I use Twitter exclusively on my phone. Short sessions, in and out, multiple times a day.

    • I need to figure out where I'm going wrong on Twitter.  I get so bored so quickly scrolling my feed on Twitter.

      I’m not sure Twitter’s signal to noise ratio is high enough for you, but I’ll share a few Tweeters who consistently amuse me or make me think.

      Dave Cactus is clever and amusing and maximizes his use of the comedy space.


      You Had One Job is mainly satire, but it’s never mean.  And occasionally they share something moving like this.


      I believe “whimsy” is the correct word to describe Fake Library Statistics.


      Not only is April Farmer amusing, she is a curating retweeter of the most interesting finds.

      Enjoy!

    • A couple more suggestions for your Twitter feed.

      Brilliant Ads is a recent addition to my timeline. I like creative yet simple solutions and this one shows promise for curiosity.

      If you like iconic photos from moments in history, this is a good add.

    • Thanks. Followed.

      Am I the only one who doesn't understand the basics of Twitter? Now that I'm starting to pay attention, one thing I notice is that I don't like noising up my feed is seeing a stream of what other people heart. So I went to my settings to turn that off. Couldn't find it. Asked Google. It said read this tweet:

      So the answer is install TweetDeck?

    • I like Tweetbot on Mac and iOS. But yes, unfortunately the only way to still have control over your Twitter experience is to use a different client. And Twitter is gradually crippling third party clients so eventually I expect this option to disappear entirely, at which point I’ll probably stop using Twitter.

    • You can train Twitter’s algorithm to stop showing you liked tweets that don’t interest you. Top right of the liked tweet, click on “Mute this conversation” (or “I don’t like this tweet” on desktop). (source)

      If someone is out of control, mute them and then add them to a list. Their tweets will show up in the list but with none of their likes.

    • Indeed. Alternative clients give you simple, chronological stream. No likes, no promoted tweets, no ads, just tweets form folks you actually follow. You do sacrifice any entirely new features official client introduces (at least for a while), but those are usually only growth hacks which you're better off without anyway.

      I used to run Tweetdeck, but then Twitter bought it and shut it down on phones. Nowadays I'm on Falcon, which was created by a guy Twitter eventually hired to work on official client so I suppose I'll have to switch soon. :-)

    • I need to figure out where I'm going wrong on Twitter. I see people sharing the most interesting Tweets.

      This comment has persisted in my brain for several days now. I literally went through all my followers and muted everyone who wasn’t (a) regularly tweeting and (b) consistently bringing me joy. Now my home timeline is such that as I write this it’s been three hours since a new tweet showed up in my home timeline.

      No fire hose, no scrolling through noise. Just pure joy.

      So what’s next?

      A lot of people will tell you to build lists of people who are worth an occasional read or who fit into a particular niche for research, contacts, etc. Not a bad idea at all and one day I may do that, but if I want to find all the people who talk about geometry, for example, I can do some advanced Boolean search strings in Twitter to find them fairly quickly.

      So what’s next?

      Whenever I open up my home timeline in Twitter, I now click on the profile of the very top tweet and look at that person’s likes.

      Never did this before and it’s AMAZING. I’m basically getting their curation of people I should follow next, like this wonderful find.

      Don’t bother looking at someone’s follower list for suggestions—people often follow back out of kindness rather than curation.