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Twitter’s sneaky new follow links

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I’m going to roll right past the fact that it’s been forever since my last blog post, and certain promises have been violated by several months. Except to say that I’ve actually had most of the top albums post series written for a while now, and I just need to pull some top tracks together and polish off a couple of the albums. Expect them mid-June, when school is out and I have time.

I’m sure others have noticed this already, but with all the talk about Twitter rolling out professional tools for upper-tier users, I thought that an observation I just made was pretty amusing:

It used to be that Twitter would send you plaintext emails when someone follows you, with a plaintext url to their Twitter profile page which would be auto-linked by most email clients. Around the very beginning of this month, Twitter switched to fancy HTML-based emails with chrome framing pretty much the exact same text. It turns out that the motive behind this wasn’t actually polish.

Check out the new URL that Twitter gives you to go to your new follower’s profile:

http://twitter.com/[username]?utm_source=follow&utm_campaign=twitter[timestamp]&utm_medium=email

With this tracking data, Twitter can tell their commercial users just how much that annoying followspam is helping them. I’m surprised that the avatar they embed isn’t itself a beacon tracker so they can get click-through statistics (Dear Twitter: that’ll be a $5k consulting fee, please— kthxbye).

I’m curious to see what other tools come with the professional package.

Speaking of Twitter, expect a “A year with Twitter” post soon. There are things about it that I want to say to naysayers.

Feedburner Glitch

I’m painfully aware of the fact that a number of my posts just resurfaced on Google Reader and probably other aggregators earlier today – as far as I can tell this is a side effect of the Feedburner move to Google’s servers, and should not happen again.

Top albums countdown should begin in proper this weekend.

Cue background

For the uninitiated, my name is Clint Tseng. I’m a graphics designer/software engineer working at a small software company in Redmond, WA called Sharplogic Software. Over the years I have owned numerous websites, including my now-nonexistent previous blog, \\unload, which ran on Ryan “wonko” Grove’s excellent Poseidon CMS engine, which, sadly, is defunct as well.

I am currently a student in the University of Washington’s Computer Engineering department, though I still hold that real life development experience is far more valuable than any textbook. I’m in the honors program because through a series of strange circumstances, it’s less work for me than the regular program would be.

In my spare time, I like to pretend that I’m actually making progress on the many personal projects I have going on, hopefully some one of which will someday make me rich. I also play copious and potentially unhealthy amounts of Unreal Tournament and Rise of Nations with my friends. I also listen to a great deal of music, which brings me to another thing I often do, which is pretend to be writing music, for which I get the urge whenever I hear a good song.

What I do actually end up making progress on is DJ-ing, which requires far less time commitment. I spin mostly DnB, Chemical Breaks, and Trance, though “spin” is a relative term given that I work mostly with Ableton Live, which I suppose makes me a cheater. I try to make up for it, though, by taking full advantage of Ableton’s additional complexity and power.

So that’s me in a nutshell. It has taken me about half an hour to type this, because I am forcing myself to use dvorak only, which I haven’t used in about a year.

Ha.

Refresh.

I keep putting off the re-creation of a blog in my name pending my creating a suitable theme, but I think I’ve pushed the limits of that excuse far past reason. I’ve let a number of potential articles, posts, and rants slide by and I can’t stand to see it fall any further, so I’ve thrown this up (which was far more of a debacle than I would have liked, really) in hopes that the presence of content will beget a deeper motivation for me to actually write a theme. We’ll see how far that one gets.