Posts Tagged 'Blogging'

Twitter Shadowbanned!

I've known for quite a while that I've been marked as "sensitive content" at Twitter. I first discovered it by checking to see my scheduled tweets were showing up, but while not logged into Twitter. I got this lovely screen:

If you haven't heard of this relatively new aspect of Twitter security, here's an overview. There appear to be gradients; if I log in as my non-adult-user and turn off "Hide sensitive content", I can see CR_LF and its tweets in searches just fine. Erosblog seems to indicate that you can be banned even further, to a point where you don't even show up if sensitive content is what the user wants to see.

I discovered a bit of insidiousness during my testing: the CR_LF twitter settings showed "Hide sensitive content" as enabled, which I definitely had turned off a long time ago. So, if you're someone who wants to see naughty stuff, better plan on checking those settings on a regular basis.

I'm sure the reason I'm shadowbanned is due to the amount of nudity I post; it's nearly all Playboy-grade cheesecake images, very little actual sexual contact, but it's more skin than a lot of internet users want in their feed, so I understand. The rest of my content isn't much more 'sensitive' than a lot of non-shadowbanned sexperts I can still get to on Twitter while not logged in. For a while I was seeing weird retweets from hair care companies, presumably because a nude phone was tagged #Redhead, and mountain-climbing aficionados because of the tag #Outdoors; I blame this on SEO bots -- I do not doubt that there are business who will, for a price, make you look like a real Twitter user by following and retweeting based on tags and I definitely encountered quite a few of those in recent years. I often would reply back to a new follow, who obviously hadn't viewed my content, with a "thanks for following!" which was immediately responded to with an unfollow. That's their fault, not mine.

So, I'm at the crossroads of: "what does this mean?" On one hand, this makes it harder to get readers: I post quite a few affiliate links, both adult and non-adult, and getting clicks and sales are what keeps me rolling in Mello Yello and Cheese-Its. I want to reach as big an audience as I can, and being blocked doesn't help this.

On the other hand: the people I do reach are those who have deliberately asked to view the type of content I'm providing: these are opt-in readers. If I had a golfing blog, and Twitter had a "Hide Golf-Related Content" checkbox, I'd definitely want to only reach those people who have unchecked that box; it's Marketing 101. It's the reason everyone wants you to sign up for their email mailing list (which if you think about it, is a downright ancient method of reaching people during the internet epoch). It's why Subway wants me to take a survey to get a free cookie, along with submitting my contact info. Twitter is filtering users, but in a way that helps thresh out the vanilla normal people from those with a taste for the naughty.

This only really helps tweeters like me, who is aiming for a more prurient level of content. I can totally understand why this has an impact on sex educators and erotic artists, both of whom have a definite value to those who aren't super interested in adult content but still have a need for knowledge. The "sensitive content" label also envelops hate speech and other content I don't want to be associated with, so the audience I'm reaching may still not be exactly who I want as a reader. It also appears that people are getting shadowbanned for swearing too much, so the banning appears to bundle together a bunch of "blue" content which isn't necessarily a monolithic group of like-minded individuals.

If you look back through this blog, the tone tends to be irreverant, appreciative of women's beauty, and sex-positive whenever possible. As things got busier at work and I have less time for real blogging, I moved towards just tweeting interesting links I found (which, really, were most of what the blog was made up beforehand). Google, long ago, made it difficult to find adult content, thanks to safesearch and pagerank, and people have moved to walled gardens like Twitter and Facebook; Looking at my twitter statistics, things I post get a lot more traffic than if I had posted them at the blog. Blogging's weakness is that people have to seek out the content in the first place; RSS feeds and the aforementioned mailing lists were a way to push content to people who desire to see it, but randomly running across something via search terms is becoming more difficult. Twitter seems like the right place to post, have people interested in the content see the post, and maybe respond with a like, or retweet, or very rarely a comment. That interaction makes the content more visible to other like-minded readers more interested in consuming that content too.

So, I'm hesitant to say that the "sensitive content" filter on Twitter has defeated my purpose for being on Twitter: the shadowban has created a Twitter-After-Dark, which those who elect to view it can do so. Although it reduces the number of possible content viewers, it is filtering them to those interested in the content I post, and the drawback comes from there being users who are unaware that the content filtering is enabled on their account; those are readers I want to reach but can't.

The "Share Our Shit" movement is important, not just because of shadowbanning or Google search results, but because the only reason content can reach readers on the internet is through curation and recommendation; the reason Facebook and Twitter exist is for those functions. If you've got an audience, and you're also someone else's audience, passing along things your audience appreciates matters more than attracting users you've never seen before. That's value in content, and it can still be done while shadowbanned.

It does show me that keeping all the eggs in one basket isn't the best option either; I tried crossposting images to Tumblr with little response, but I also haven't been an active Tumblr user to begin with. It has made me look again at this blog, which has been organized the way it is for at least ten years now (optimized for a 1024px wide screen!). As the internet has changed -- rewarding walled gardens and shadowbanning undesirable content -- I'm going to look at revamping what I've already got here. Not eliminating any of the existing content, but looking at some of the other tricks of modern content providers, cross-connecting content and holding readers eyeballs, as a way of being a useful content provider. It's something I've been working on a while -- again, busy real-life makes the internet harder to devote time to -- but we'll see what I come up with.

Mommy Blogs Too Sexy!

God damn it ladies: stop being all sexy and shit in your mommy blogs. I know, it's a Catch-22 -- you're women, so everything you do is sexy. It's just the way it is, but you need to reign it in, because we're getting tired of ways to objectify you. I mean, MILF is so 2002. There must be something new you can do.

Return of the Blogging

Hello, All! A perfect storm of Blogger fucking up their software and more layoffs at work is where I've been since last winter. But, summer has been good, I got a friend to put together some blogging software, and now I'm going to get back into it. Maybe not 5-posts-a-day, but something.

Sex Blogs!

Sex Life, eh? I've been reading more sexblogs lately, trying to find content for putting up here, but there's something slutty about that. A blog that only links to other people's websites? That makes me more of a portal, less of a blog. But, what am I supposed to write about?

According to the other sex blogs, I should be either:
  • Writing about the tiny, boring bits of my life; or,
  • Writing about my sex-life

My life is too boring to really get into, and the three of you out there who read this blog wouldn't find it very interesting.

My sex life, however -- that's more interesting? Admittedly, I'm the favorite toy of a sex-loving woman, so there's no lack of loving around here. Yesterday, she posted this, about Russ Meyer's death:

Thank God I already started my day with a good screw in the shower ~ otherwise, this would be a horrid way to start my day...

Yes, we fucked in the shower yesterday; hot, wet, soapy, multiple-position sex in the shower. Gracie, however, without batting an eyelash, tossed it into normal conversation. Now, she tends to do this all the time anyway (she exhibits great control around my family, thankfully ;) but I get quiet and giggle quietly to myself when it comes to discussing my sex-life. Her -- it's just a part of her day. She could just as well have said any sort of positive thing about her day; getting paid, talking to a friend, etc.

She chose sex -- which is always one of the best parts of the day anyway -- and she's OK with it. And, for fuck's sake -- I'm a skinny, socially retarded, unappealing nerd. Getting laid a dozen times a week should be printed on my T-shirt and worn with pride!

So, maybe I'll start talking about that more. If I start documenting each event, it might become mind-boggling over how much I actually do get laid. In the couple months we've been living together, I think I've had more sex than the rest of my life combined.

*giggle* HOORAY!

Aw, hell, I need to post some links anyway, they're worth it:

US soldier in Iraq forgets to empty the Recycle Bin. What was in Recycle? Naked pictures of herself. Part of me cries, 'foul,' mostly because she's so damn good looking: consider the alternatives. However, her guns are rather impressive...

Not sure if I linked to this before, but it's classy design mixed with horny imagry: PornoCombo

To the MAN who DID his hoochie on my hood!! -- again, looks manufactured, but still entertaining anyways. It's a VOLVO, for fuck's sake!

The Ethical Hedonism Manifesto -- Eh, hmmm....yes, all good stuff, what what will be done with it now? Others have published their manifestos, nailed them to church doors, built a cult following, but this may well be lost in the overpowering internet chatter. It's also not particularly shocking or unusual.

Evil Girls Get Nasty -- The splash page lists "Devil Girls" (definitely evil), "Bizarre Toys" (showing a girl with a cross in her cunt - also evil). "Cool Girls?" Unnaturally dyed hair, eh, kinda evil. "Huge Dildos"? Since when is THAT evil. Their definition is rather lax. This site is from the same guys with the alien porn yesterday. Gotta love the fringe!