I had a couple of emails asking me whether I should be doing this feature, in light of the platform owners behaviour. This has seen large companies such as M&S and BT withdrawing advertising from the brand. The question I have to ask is this. Do I want to promote a company such as "X" which is run by someone who clearly has a very different agenda for his platform to what I happen to believe in. This is something I've thought long and hard about since the ownership was changed.
I have to be honest, I love many aspects of Twitter, not least it's democracy. Anyone can post a tweet which could go viral and go around the world. I've learned all manner of things and made a few good friends along the way. I block those that I don't want to see and I have always enjoyed doing this feature.
Since the current owner took the helm, I've found it increasingly difficult to put this together. On occasisons, searches haven't worked. Every move seems to have been misconceived attempts to squeeze more money out of the platform, none of which have made it easier to use or better for the ordinary folk who use it. Some of the changes, charging for blue ticks, limiting searches, making their view of what you want the default, so you see all manner of tweets you are not interested in are infuriating.
It seems that the platform has lost it's heart and soul. Tweets are no longer tweets. Twitter is no longer twitter. How can you pick "tweets of the week" when there is no such thing as a tweet? I doubt whether Elon Musk gives a flying F**K whether I do this or what I think of his platform. For the time being, I am staying on the platform, but I look at it less and less. I think it is dying on its feet. My wish is that Musk would sell it to someone who understood what it should and could be, rather than seemingly running it as a vanity project.
Do I want to spend my Sunday morning doing this feature? I don't really think I do. So this is it.
I will finish with a special edition. This weeks pick are the good and bad of local tweeters, which I am retweeting as a final hurrah, with a bit of commentary.
1. I f it hadn't been for the campaign to save the Railway Hotel in Edgware, I may have wrapped this feature up a long time ago. Twitter was an effective campaigning platform for naming and shaming lazy Councillors. A big thanks is due to Cllr Lucy Wakeley, who has stepped up. If the Barnet Tories have any sense, they will find a bigger platform for her talents
A word of thanks to @lucy_wakeley for her support in matters of the #RailwayEdgware - TBH the only @BarnetCouncil councillor to have pro-actively done anything to help save the building https://t.co/5JajVe8MQ6— Roger Tichborne/Rog T (@Barneteye) November 19, 2023
2. This had to be said
One of the pleasures of doing the TOTW column in the Barnet Eye blog for the last decade of so, has been featuring and highlighting the amazing work of local historian Mark Amies. It is a shame that so many nick/plagerise his efforts and don't even bother to credit him https://t.co/Qa4TPDIoGM— Roger Tichborne/Rog T (@Barneteye) November 19, 2023
3. I really feel I had to say this. David is a nice enough bloke, but if he wants to persuade me that he is worthy of my vote, then he'd better do a few less photo ops and a bit more proper campaigning on local issues
It is a crying shame that the @BarnetLabour candidate for Hendon has not seen fit to do anything to support the campaign to save the #RailwayEdgware. He's been down a few times but not a dickybird. https://t.co/nvIwf8JJKv— Roger Tichborne/Rog T (@Barneteye) November 19, 2023
4. I will miss the tweets from our local sports clubs
It is great to see some good news and a valued local club doing well. https://t.co/mfwIsnRtPI— Roger Tichborne/Rog T (@Barneteye) November 19, 2023
5. And now for the worst of local Twitter. Smart media and PR exec rewriting our local history
This is a ridiculous post. Brent Cross didn't exist until the shopping centre was built. The tube station was called Brent. It was renamed in 1976 when the shopping centre opened, even though it is a long and unpleasant walk from the shops. The airfield was in Cricklewood. https://t.co/Va8CHFlgTe— Roger Tichborne/Rog T (@Barneteye) November 19, 2023
6. Yes and Yes
7. I'll miss highlighting some of the amazing pics of our locality
8. I also love finding these sort of gems!
Get out and check this out. Lovely to see these out and about https://t.co/xhmEdQ0Kab— Roger Tichborne/Rog T (@Barneteye) November 19, 2023
9. I'll miss highlighting the amazing work of our libraries
Why wouldn't you! https://t.co/E8dznf0A2T— Roger Tichborne/Rog T (@Barneteye) November 19, 2023
10. Sad really to end with a scumbag alert, but if it gets my mate John his guitar back, then what better way
That really is all folks, lets end with some music. If you like it, you can see me with The False Dots at the Dublin Castle on Sat 23rd December playing this!