In all seriousness, here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. May you spend it surrounded by good friends and good family.
People send me screen captured tweets all the time, and I really do love them. I posted one early this morning or last night from Tim Scott that I was able to verify. We managed to get it within minutes of it going up, before the tweet he was responding to was deleted.
The only issue I have with the tweets that come in is that a good 95% of them can't be verified. And they are, obviously, very juicy. Most of them wouldn't warrant a deletion, either. But if I can't verify, I won't post them on our social media accounts unless the point was really good or really funny, at which point I try to point out the account was either verified fake or was not verifiable at all. There are several ways to spot a fake.
This is one I actually posted. But the account is fake. Steve's name is spelled wrong. This one is extremely common, and sometimes they aren't easy to spot right away. There was one a few months back credited to @MaxineVVaters. That was tough to catch. So was @ClintonChelsea. I have fallen for a few, it happens. But I correct it when it is discovered.
The other is really tough to spot, which is why I try to verify right off of people's Twitter feeds.
Did you know there are websites that allow you to create fake tweets that appear to come from someone else's account? It isn't just public figures, they can pull up anyone on Twitter. Here's an example:
It's verified. It appears to have been liked and tweeted a bunch of times. Everything is spelled right. It looks legit, but very juicy, since she put president in quotes.
You can actually go to sites like this and do this stuff. There are a bunch of them.
I say this only because citing one of these fake tweets in a debate or conversation is going to cause you some serious grief. If you are going to use it to make a point or cite it later on, you need to know the information is not verifiable. It would be best not to use unverified tweets or other social media posts to make a point.
Want to know how bad social media is getting? This image got me put in Instagram jail. Ironic, actually. And Instagram is weird. Apparently the image must have been reported, because this thing popped up saying, "Someone thinks you could use a little support right now. We've removed an image for violating our policies." Wut?
I hate advocating for conservative/libertarian only social media, because it keeps our message away from people completely, allows the extreme left to proclaim victory, and creates an echo chamber. But damn.
I may have more on this later. There is some stuff happening with some social media platforms lately, and research needs to be done. But wanted to post this because it's got me shaking my head.
Just FYI: If you happen to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc., if something should happen to those site, which is becoming more likely, I'll be using Minds.com a lot more. You can find me there. And, of course, here.
Unpopular opinion time. With the recent snow fall here on the US east coast, the battle has started again... who drives better in the snow, northerners or southerners?
As a northerner living in the south, my unpopular opinion is neither. None of you drive well in the snow. Everyone thinks they are better at it than everyone else, but the truth is you all suck at it for different reasons.
1. Southerners don't have to do it as often.
2. Northerners are used to well salted and plowed roads, which you don't get in the south because this happens so little it doesn't make sense to invest in the stuff to handle it better.
Either way, once it snows, everyone wants to prove they are better, and at least half of those people end up in the ditch.
None of you drive better than anyone else in the snow. You all suck at it.