I love the world of social media, 🚀 because there is always something new to learn every day.
Well today I learnt all about shadowbanning. This appears to be something that is specific to twitter, but it could also easily apply to other social media networks. So what is it?
In a nutshell, its the ability for a social media platform to limit the visibility of a person's profile or their content, without suspending their account. This can happen in a number of ways. I'll use a tool called shadowban.eu to illustrate 3 ways that twitter can restrict your content or your profile.
Here is a link to the tool:
The three ways are as follows:
What is also interesting, is that I did some experimenting on various twitter accounts to see if I could establish some patterns. These accounts were from influencers that I highly admire and respect, and interact with on a frequent basis. I only performed a limited amount of experiementation, so it not's 100% conclusive, however I'd love to share what I found with you all:
Here is a link to the Kred Rules that explains in more detail how the scoring works.
The great thing about Kred, is that it's transparent.
So my conclusion is as follows.
There appears to be a correlation between twitter users that have the Search Suggestion Ban in place and rather low or zero outreach scores. This is because outreach increases when you retweet @reply or follow. Now of the 5 or so accounts that I found to be under a Search Suggestion Ban, all their outreach scores were close to zero for at least the past month.
Here is a screenshot of my Kred Outreach scores.
Twitter uses AI to determine whether my account and others are breaching their rules. So I think it's likely that for the few days, you see that Outreach points spike, is due to the twitter AI determining that I was compliant for those few days.
This evidence to date, points to two possible hypothesis:
So what can you do about it?
So option 3 it is, but keep growing other social media accounts, so you're not reliant on the single platform. I'm a keen advocate of Instagram and LinkedIn. I do use Facebook, but I've found that unless your paying to display content, most of my public posts are not very visible to the public. Maybe it's another form of shadowingbanning......
Anyway, back to the story, I carefully looked that twitter rules, did some more testing, and have developed a theory. I believe if you follow these 3 rules, you're likely to have the search suggestion ban lifted.
Let me know whether you have found any evidence to support or contradict my theory. Or maybe you're going to try to focus on those 3 things yourself. You can reach me publicly on twitter using @MusicComposer1.
My plan is to adhere to my new theory for a 2 week period and report back on my progress and findings.
I truly hope this post helps many of my followers and influencers on their social media journes.
For a full list of the twitter rules, which will aid your sleep at night, here is the link:
Not only have I been busy on the road running courses covering all things tech, I have also taken some time out to visit Las Vegas and New York. So it was all too tempting when the New York Comedy Club welcomed me into their open arms for a short open-mic session last night, at the New York Comedy Club. Check out the video below....
I also got to meet some incredible people, that I had known on twitter for a few years. Namely Kevin Jackson, who is a CyberSecurity and Cloud Computing expert and Sally Eaves, who is an AI and Blockchain specialist. Both were in Las Vegas. presenting at the Dell Tech World conference. And then onto New York City, where I met up with the following:
Check out my LinkedIn post just here:
I even spent some time talking with one of New York's professional comedians. Watch this space, as we organise a time to do an Instagram podcast special.....
I was running a DevOps Foundation course 2 weeks ago for a client and I was explaining the meaning of technical debt and cultural debt. As the conversations in the room unfolded, it became very clear to me, that every system and object in the universe starts to accrue debt. So what is debt? I'll illustrate this over a beer......
Let's take a simple object, like a beer glass. It starts it's life as silicon, is put through a manufacturing process and out pops the magical beer glass at the end. From this point onwards, it undergoes constant change. To the naked eye, this is largely invisible, but with glass in particular, over time it begins to degrade. If I were to leave the glass somewhere safe for 1000 years, the glass would have deteriorated. This is a form of debt.
On a much shorter timeframe, I would also use the glass, maybe put it in the dishwasher, handwash and dry the glass.. This too degrades the glass. It can become scratched by the dishwasher process. Pieces might break off, during use. I might even accidentally smash the glass, after a big night of drinking. I'm sure many of you have done that. I'll just finish the night with a glass of water....crash!
If you accept that all objects degrade, then that is a form of debt. Because if the debt is not managed properly it can lead to problems:
This same concept, can also be applied to systems. Here is an example of a pictoresque, natural system.
A system is an interconnection of 2 or more things:
And for those that are technical....here is a great link explanining entropy in more detail:
The key takeaway from all this, is that once you understand that every system incurs debt, you can then shift your life around how to manage that debt. Which means whenever you delay some form of action or maintenance task, you're accruing debt, which will need to be paid back. Leave it too long, and the debt becomes progressively difficult to service. Over-servicing is bad too, as it's inefficient.
Let's use another great example to illustrate this concluding point. A car is considered a reasonably complex system. Most people own a car and it's certainly one of the most complex systems to manage.
If I ignore any faults that the car develops, and don't ensure it is regularly serviced. Then it will degrade and it will stop functioning. This might take months or years.
If on the other hand, I fix any critical faults immediately, ensure it is serviced once a year as per the manual, and tend to minor faults as required, I am effectively arresting the debt on the car. Some things I can't control though, such as the wearining of the engine and other critical parts, maybe degradation of the paint finish and any rust that may accrue. However I can slow the accrual of debt on those things by:
So next time, you're thinking about making economic decisions. Don't just consider the price point. Consider the total costs of ownership of your decision and factor in the accrual of debt in the equation. Remember that debt, will always need to be paid back. And a poor economic decision will compound that debt.
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I'm not a big fan of the word trainer. For me personally, it has connotations of someone standing up at the front of a large classroom....fully of people. And that person talks for 7 hours, asks a few questions, and goes home. That's probably because I have some bad memories of old skool trainers when I started my career around 20 odd years ago....and so I vowed never to be one of those. I just feel the word trainer....get's a bad rap.
So....what is a digital coach?
For the record, I have never seen anyone else use this to describe what I do....and I hope that many people in the future, become inspiried by my work and improve on the digital coach role I have aspired to create. For me it's about a few simple things:
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Understanding your value stream is the key to delighting customers. A value stream is the abstraction of a business process, from customer attraction through to customer delivery. It applies to products and services and usually comprises of between 6 and 9 steps.
Here is an example of an online purchase value stream.
This value stream example is fairly simple and most people can relate to this. Because most of us have partaken in on-line shopping with eBay, Amazon, Paypal or all 3 three.
Let me give you a very complex example. A Hospital Emergency Admission Value Stream:
I picked this one, because most people have been in a hopsital, and can understand what is involved. As you can see, the business processes that would underpin say, intensive care, would have many 1000's of pathways. Each pathway would depend on the condition of the patient, any pre-existing conditions, such as allergies, the type of trauma or disease, and how the patient maybe responding to treatment.
It would also vary depending on whether it was a metropolitan hospital based in Brisbane, with top-notch medical equipment. As opposed to a regional hospital, say based in Alice Springs, that may be limited by the level of available skills and also the reduced set of medical equipment available. By the way all staff working in hospitals, do an incredible job! Just saying....
From the hospital emergency admission value stream, we can decompose into people and systems. The following diagram is taken from the Scaled Agile Framework, known as SAFe and shows how we might do this:
You'll notice that this value stream example is another example of a hospital admission. You can clearly see that different words are used and the process is slightly different. This one relates to a US hospital admission. Value streams will reflect the culture of an organisation, through the selection of language, and will also vary depending on the industry and geography. This is normal and is a reflection of the complexity we're trying to represent.
Once we understand all the core systems that underpin a value stream, we can then focus on development value streams, which are also known as a CI/CD pipeline, that we discuss in a DevOps culture:
Here is a quick definition from the Scaled Agile Framework:
Once all our people are grouped into one or more Agile Release Trains, we are on a great path for successful digital transformation. Since we have now aligned our people, processes and technology towards delighting our customers.
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Paul Colmer is a digital coach for ALC training and consulting, with a real passion for learning and applying disruptive technologies. Paul has responsibility for building and delivering ALC's digital architecture strategy and the development and execution of a number of cloud courses, including Cloud Security (CCSP), Amazon AWS, DevOps, Microsoft Azure and Office 365.