not exactly work in progress…

Tweet prompted and otherwise…app’d

Below is an image cut-out from a screenshot of my word-processing software, of a screenshot taken from my browser of a tweet that may one day inspire a blog post! It’s pasted into an A6 landscape document as if a notecard. I’ll be filing all my tweet-snatches like this to collect potential prompts for future use (W101assignment#5 extension activity).


Embedding tweets – why embed? I don’t yet understand what ’embedding’ means in real terms – except it’s somehow with the originator code that presents it in a frame recognisable to the social media brand platform and the originator. So maybe I do understand it. Maybe it provides some kind of dataflow to the company.

I haven’t tried to embed a tweet since the last time an attempt failed and I was left with just a link.

I’ve collected several screenshots of potentially inspiring tweets. The url is clearly labelled in a browser screenshot. I haven’t included it here with the image I used to show an example of how I’m saving some potential tweet prompts.

I can’t get my head round using apps like evernote and trello. I can just about organise files and folders on my computer, though everything gets confusing for a potential intruder and seem filed in the daftest of ways. I usually manage to find what I’m looking for in my folders and understand the way I file and label my stuff.

I used to love the functionality of the early Microsoft Works software – and things like notecards – but they stopped including those after Windows95 I think. It’s not really necessary to have an application beyond word-processing software and basic imaging software to be able to do and organise all the kinds of things you can do with the ‘trendy apps’. This little notecard I’ve made in an A6 document will fit a virtual filing system nicely, I can add further small pages of text to the original file, copy and paste it back to A4, even frame it repetitively and call it ‘art’ if I wanted. The potentials are almost endless and often pointless. (If no-one’s authored that as a quote yet, that sentence is mine as is this one!)

(N.B. of course I write my own sentences and that last remark was not to imply that other sentences are somehow not my own.)

In some cases it might feel intrusive to embed a tweet and reveal the originator’s identity. It opens up the possibility of their other tweets to be read by people who might never have stumbled upon them otherwise.

Am I breeching copyright by using a screenshot? It displays another individuals branding.

That background ‘branding’ displays some mega-company logos. They could be seen to be ‘generic’. I think that providing the use of trademarks is appropriate, not misleading, not in competition nor implying the company’s affiliation or recommendation of the individual using them, then use in certain ways is fair. (Not finding my words well, i know what I mean!)

It’s also fair use when including copy of and referring to such item in critique or commentary. Almost everything is fair use when ‘for personal and education use’.

I am testing the water and assuming ‘fair use’. As I have source details available in both my browser history and the url in my screenshot I could direct message the Twitter user whose use of quote I’ve snatched and send a link to this page. They probably don’t have time for my nonsense. I don’t really have to ask their permission, but it’s maybe polite to send them a link, but then why? It’s not actually a screenshot of their work that I’ve copied and pasted. It’s just a tweet of a quote from another author with a photo of the author against the background the twitter user displays on their account.

The writing101 task instructs us to open the individual tweet from the #quotes feed. In doing so I found with this item and others some additional points of interest beyond the quote that hooked me. Screenshots seem for me the only way to manage my research, to remember my journey, have reference to the source url, other browser tabs in the screenshot add context and it’s a form of visual note. I collect a few of these here and there but mostly don’t use them for anything purposeful (yet) and sometimes just flick through for the pleasure of revisiting.

If I’d embedded that tweet I expect it wouldn’t display the individual’s background, but it would display their username and visiting the original tweet would display that background. In part, the quote interested me more for the background, although it interested me first without it.

I have no idea if that twitter user with the tweet sugar cube brand identity displaying corporate logos has valid use of those brand identities. So, to identify them via their username may not be appropriate. Their username potentially suggests association with a large corporation, but that might not be the case. That could be seen to be misleading if they’re not an employee or company director or such like.

I haven’t dug about their twitter account to glean their use or purpose, I was simply interested in using this quote as a writing prompt for a different type of writing. Now I’ve explored something else with it instead.

Another day I might return and add some of the other screenshots from my twitter-hunt to break up my text… another short post gone long!

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