Discovering Twitter’s “Bookmarks”

Maybe you’re not a Twitter user, in which case you’re probably not going to be interested in today’s blog post 🙂

But if you do use Twitter, maybe like me you didn’t know about Twitter’s bookmarks. The bookmark feature has been around since the end of February, but I only just discovered it last week. Here’s a blog post from Twitter on the day the bookmarks were introduced. I’ve bookmarked things several times since I realized I could. Bookmarking is exactly what it sounds like. You can “bookmark” a tweet to save it to a list, where you can later go to retrieve it for reading when you have time. Because of the extreme speed at which tweets fly through my feed, I would not easily be able to find things again without this feature.

Before now the only way for me to “save” tweets I wanted to refer back to was to “like” or retweet them. Which led to awkward moments like this one, in which The Paris Review appears to be reacting happily to the news of Robert Stone’s death.

Actually, in looking at that old image, a screenshot I took on the day Robert Stone died, January 11, 2015, I now realize that Twitter’s “like” is an even newer feature than I thought. As you can see, The Paris Review actually “favorited” the LA Times Books’ tweet about Stone’s death; they didn’t “like” it. I did a quick online search and found that Twitter replaced the “favorite” feature with the “like” in early November 2015. Here’s a great article from The Verge on the switch from the “favorite” stars to the “like” hearts.

Personally, I am grateful for Facebook’s “like” alternatives. It’s so nice to be able to put a tearful face up as a reaction to sad news instead of a thumbs-up or a star or a heart.

Twitter’s bookmarks are private, which is another really nice feature about them. Sometimes if a person I follow has “liked” tweets that I’ve found disturbing, then I think badly of them as the kind of person who likes that kind of tweet. Yet occasionally I’ve wanted to save something myself for later reference, maybe for teaching, that I would ordinarily never decide to “like” because it was an unlikable subject even though it was useful for making a point in class. Now I can bookmark that tweet and find it again without accidentally causing people to judge me or unfollow me because they think I am liking and supporting something heinous.

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Color Blocking

Sort of. One day I suddenly noticed the bright red of the bathroom stall in my building. Took a photo. Decided to edit it so that it no longer bore strong resemblance to a bathroom stall. Because, really: Who takes pictures of a bathroom stall?

edited version












Tell the truth. If you saw this photo and didn’t know what it was, would it still scream out “BATHROOM STALL”? Not that it really matters, I guess. I liked that red, and I liked the lines. So then I took another one just to change it up a little. I don’t know; the red is way too dominant. Maybe if there was more light so the other side would balance out the red’s intensity? And I would need to bring my good camera to work one day so I could get a sharper focus.

Except that getting a better image of this subject is probably not a very worthwhile use of my time 🙂

Oh hey, look at what I just noticed on the card advertising the Grohmann Museum’s current special exhibit!


Well, yes, of course it is.

But maybe also a case of great minds thinking alike. Although probably not 🙂

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20 gallons’ worth of network security?

Saw this truck parked outside an office building in downtown Milwaukee last Friday morning. I don’t know what business these hats’ owner works in, but given the “white hats,” I figured network security was as good a guess as any 🙂

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The Highwaymen: “Highwayman”

I heard this song on the radio while driving home the other night. Here’s the Wikipedia article on The Highwaymen supergroup. Like some others I really like—for example, “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “MacArthur Park”—this song was written by Jimmy Webb. Just thought I’d share 🙂

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Sunset in grays and pastels, downtown Milwaukee

Evening arrives this past Tuesday as I’m getting ready to leave work for the day. Taken from the staircase landing between the second and third floors of the Grohmann Museum looking west toward the Marcus Center (colored lights) and the Milwaukee County Courthouse (classical pillared building at right in the background).

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All the colors of the rainbow

The Reuss Federal Plaza (that horizontal sliver of cobalt blue at the center) kind of throws it in that direction anyway. Taken Thursday morning on my Starbucks run 🙂

Oh, gee, I was just checking to make sure I spelled Henry Reuss’s name correctly, and I discovered that the building was sold this past January. Article about the transaction is here. Well, no matter what it’s called in the future, I’m sure I’ll be 95 years old and still referring to it as it was originally known. Just like all the other downtown buildings that are no longer named what I call them!

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Warped Time

It’s fascinating to notice those weird moments when historical eras overlap. My husband, who is 10+ years older than I am, can remember seeing milk being delivered to homes in his neighborhood via horse-drawn wagons in the 1950s. Here is a cool short oral-history video on horse-drawn milk wagons being used into the 1950s.

Dairies continued delivery with horses well into the 1960s if the anthropological record of The Andy Griffith Show can be trusted, which in 1967 featured an episode on the retirement of a dairy delivery horse (“Goodbye, Dolly,” IMDB plot summary here).

And speaking of 1967, I’m working on an academic article about movie trailers right now, and I’ve noticed “For What It’s Worth” popping up pretty frequently as a shorthand way to contextualize a film’s setting and mood as part of the late-1960s counterculture. From the twangy guitar pings of the song’s opening notes, viewers can instantly orient themselves to the feeling of that time/place in America.

And yet, this movie-trailer rhetoric is misleading. The music has created an identity that we assign to the era, and this identity is saturated with meanings we’ve attached to it. “For What It’s Worth” peaked on the Billboard chart at #7 on March 25, 1967.

Yet a year and a half later, on October 12, 1968, The Vogues also peaked at #7 with “My Special Angel.”

So a month and a half AFTER the protests/riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, this very UN-1960s-counterculture and very square, circa-1950s-era song (Bobby Helms first recorded it in 1957) broke the Billboard chart’s top ten. Very disorienting!

Movies/media rarely capture the anachronisms that, without irony, inhabit the same physical and temporal spaces of an era. Truth is almost always stranger than fiction when you take the time to think about it.

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