Yes, yes, funny lying meme rich person number #345 purchased a social media site. A common assumption is it’s going to go the way most Social Media acquisitions tend to go. This article isn’t so much about Twitter’s Impending Doom as it is about why Twitter and its kin probably shouldn’t have been part of your daily routine in years, acquisition or no. I am uninterested in whether Twitter gets worse because it’s already Really Damn Bad.
For a long time, I’ve been weaning myself off Twitter and I deleted my personal Facebook account years ago. I already use Limit and Blocksite to keep me off distracting or unhealthy websites. Yesterday I private’d my Twitter and I think I’ve given up on picking up Mastodon as well. Mastodon seems better, but I’m just so exhausted I think it’ll be better for me to just drop the whole thing. Why? Why why why indeed.
The Glorious Twitter Algorithm
One of the most visible gripes about social media in general is the holy Algorithm. Even YouTube which I still use is certainly not free of this blight. The Algorithm (praised be its name) is a magical box that takes my 5000 Facebook followers, showing my posts to about 40 of them. YouTube is not much better, with only 5.2% of my views last month coming from “Browse Features” including subscriptions, 5.8% coming from Suggested Videos, and most of the rest coming from search or off-site.
Twitter was a late adopter of the Algorithm, but its dreadful influence kept creeping in. There is now the “Home” algorithmic timeline and the “latest” timeline that shows in real chronological order. In a lovely “Screw You” to their behated users, Twitter actually automatically switches back to “Home” after a while, giving you only an illusion of choice.
And perhaps the absolute worst thing about The Algorithm—aside from it undervaluing my absolute BANGER videos on YouTube—is how it thrives on hatred.
It seems contradictory, but humans like to get mad. Anger is actually physically addicting as rage-seekers get hooked on the endorphin release, the triumphant highs, the rageful lows. Twitter’s structure somewhat uniquely reinforces this phenomenon thanks to “The Ratio”, an intrepid way of expressing distaste on a site with no downvote button for posts. Then there’s the beloved Quote Tweet which seems to almost exclusively be used to “dunk on” bad takes and the like.
But the problem is that all the harassment in the world doesn’t make these “bad takes” disappear. Quite the opposite, by sharing a bad tweet to shame it you’re actually signal-boosting it. Several pundits seem to have realized this and intentionally post “dunkable” tweets because people will share them. People more ideologically aligned with the original tweet see the dunk, think “but he’s RIGHT” and by trying to harass someone you’ve just made them more popular.
Rage Spreads Rage
It’s an insidious trap and honestly, both sides are pretty gross. Even if I agree with the dunk, I don’t want to see disinfo, lies, hatred, etc. on my timeline. The Dunkers often bother me more than the Dunkees in that way. Yes, @WhitePride1988 just said something awful about the age of consent, but YOU, @BernieCanStillwin95, just put it in my timeline where my poor eyes had to see it.
The phenomenon has made mute the retweets and sometimes even the regular tweets of friends. Outrage Culture makes me dislike people I completely agree with because they’re mad and Twitter’s setup encourages them to try and make me mad too. I want to be LESS mad. Be mad at the voting booth, PLEASE, but I’m just here looking for video game news and large anime breasts.
Another thing about rageposting is that simply, no amount of anger, no amount of Ratio, no amount of dunking will actually diffuse the misinformation users are often mad at. Because the system is almost designed to give the largest reach to the most outrageous, and thus often wrong, posts.
Never A Lie Too Blatant
Speaking of Algorithms and outrage, let’s talk about my least favorite twitter feature: trends.Read More »Goodbye Social Media – On Musk, Twitter, & Mastodon
It’s Easter, so have a bunny Nath for the bunny season! This one is from @ari_kaggs on Twitter. Posting it a bit late but it’s never too late for Bunny! Ari’s stuff is great, soft and round just like I like, enjoyed how this one came out. This might be the first reverse bunny meme outfit image of Nath there is too.
If you have a 100% Orange Juice addiction too, make sure to join our Discord Server to coordinate games with us!Read More »🔞Commission: Reverse Bunny Suit Nath by @ari_kaggs!
So you want to draw a SirTapTap, or maybe I’m commissioning you and just sent you this page. I tend to like to see how people draw TapTap on their own, but here’s a good set of info for consistency’s sake on how I tend to like my spikeballs.
- Pretty much just a spike ball/mace head with two eyes, two shoes/feet, wide smug grin, and a big red nose
- They’re basically smug Kirby with spikes
- Darker blue-grey for the ball/body, brightly shiny silver/white for the spikes
- Bright white teeth
- Big red nose, shoes
- For mood purposes, pink can do
- Solid black eyes with white glints almost like pupils
- Wide and slightly dull, shouldn’t be TOO scary
- Not too many, I like to see about 5 to give the impression of them being all-around
- My favorite orientation is a “crown” of 3 spikes on the top and two on the extreme left/right, sort of like “arms“
- See the Woofycakes TapTap for an example
- Unevenly set, giving a sense of personality, not uniformly spaced
- Expression /Mood
- The grin is very important, something between chill contentedness and glib smugness, erring towards the chill side
- Teeth are shown as plus signs marking the intersections of teeth only. It’s one of my favorite aspects of the TapTap
- Generally looking to the side to showcase the grin. Sort of like Sonic it’s a bit odd to see it face-on
- The grin is very important, something between chill contentedness and glib smugness, erring towards the chill side
- Do what you want
- This is how the TapTap usually looks, but any embellishments/deviations to fit your style or piece are always welcome
These could be considered the most authoritative examples as they’re images I’ve commissioned myself, though generally I haven’t asked for too many edits to be “on-brand” either. I wanted art, not a factory-pressed widget.Read More »SirTapTap Art Reference & Fan Art Submission Info
It’s Valentines, so have a very pink Nath for today! This one is from @9HF__ on Twitter. Posting it quite late since I had to figure out an Age Gate plugin to use.
If you have a 100% Orange Juice addiction too, make sure to join our Discord Server to coordinate games with us!Read More »🔞Commission: Pink Bunnysuit Nath by @9HF__!
Cryptobros. Hexagons. NFT Chuds. Buttcoiners. Call them what you will, everyone hates them. What if there were a way to hide them all from Twitter… Read More »How To Block ALL NFT Hexagon Avatars Accounts on Twitter
Pokemon Cafe ReMix is out now for Nintendo Switch and Android/iOS mobile platforms! This is a remade version of the puzzle game that launched last year, and it’s much improved. This guide is a Work In Progress as Pokemon Cafe ReMix just came out, but feel free to ask questions and add tips in the Comments! I will expand on the guide as I play and have time.
Pokemon Cafe ReMix Gameplay Tips
Generally you’ll almost always want to use the suggested Pokemon on the Order menu. It will suggest 2 Pokemon will Gimmicks/skills that are helpful, and usually the left one is best to use.
You can still press Set Leader to pick a different Pokemon, make sure their Specialty matches. Generally, you only need to do this if a difficult Gimmick is involved but isn’t covered by the suggestions.
Early on, Eevee will be your workhorse (fox), easily handling most beginner levels. It’s Gimmicks are extremely common and it will save you many turns, so level up Eevee early (this helps you get Mew early anyway).
You get a measly 10 XP for clearing a normal order, and Experience Tarts that give direct XP are rare rewards. This means that for the most part to level up your Pokemon, you’ll need to use the Training from the Pokemon menu.
Fortunately, training gets you to level 10 very fast and your top priority should be getting all your pokemon to level 5 (then 10) as soon as possible. This will only take a few training sessions. After order 100 and 200, you’ll be able to spend 2 and then 3 stamina at once to speed up training.Read More »Pokemon Cafe ReMix Guide – Quickstart & Strategy
Are you prepared for CHILLS, THRILLS, and DILLS? Spooktober 2021 is here and SirTapTap has 8 bone-chillingly spooky streams ready for you! Check out the playlist below (the video watch page shows the time in YOUR timezone), or tune in on every Friday (4PM Central) and Saturday (6PM) in October!
Spookware is a Wario Ware game but SPOOKY, and the Haunted PS1 Demo Disk is a fantastic compilation of indie games with a PS1 horror vibe—my favorite! I probably won’t be able to catch ALL the PS1 demo disk games, so be on the lookout for surplus streams on sundays or weekdays!
Thanks to TheStreamLord, even our YouTube Poop watch party stream will be Spooktober-appropriate this year. This is a freshly remastered YTP collab of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes. Get ready to laugh AND scream!
Yume Nikki fan games are a Halloween tradition on SirTapTap’s channel; just enough surrealness to be unnerving and odd, but not enough horror that the squeamish can’t enjoy! Join us for this dive back in probably the biggest Yume Nikki collaboration there is.
Featuring the SCARIEST…okay we just do Jackbox nights in the Discord every first and third Saturday of every month. Feel free to join in and make it SPOOKY though.
Can’t go wrong with a RPG Maker Horror game translated by VGPerson! They have consistently good taste. Thanks to Priere for the suggestion!
A great looking Japanese RPG Maker Horror game in a fantasy vibe this time! Thanks to CP49 for the suggestion!
Thanks to Priere for the suggestion again, this is a German RPG Maker Horror game, translated to English! Always good to have some diversity.
These bois are so scary I can’t even tell you what they are! And yes, we’re streaming on Halloween Day even though it’s a Sunday! Continuations of games I can’t finish in one stream may continue on Sundays as well.Read More »SirTapTap’s Spooktober 2021 Stream Schedule
SirTapTap Plays Shadows of Darkness is a full playthrough of Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness on YouTube. This was a childhood favorite of mine despite a gamebreaking bug that prevented me from beating it as a kid!
We fix that and you get to see me finish a childhood favorite LIVE! This game had a huge impact on my sense of humor and appreciation for world building and flavor text. I can’t recommend it enough.Read More »Let’s Play Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness – Sir TapTap YouTube Full Playthrough
This is a guide for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the latest event Event information and hidden fish. All events are effectively identical and seemingly will be going forward, so all information is basically the same as the last event. Information will be made generalized to help with all events.
The current event is Halloween for October 2021.
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2021-10-03: Halloween 2021 Event released.
2021-09-03: Abyss Restaurant event released.
2021-08-03: BonoBono Waterpark event released in AbyssRiumRead More »Tap Tap Fish AbyssRium Halloween 2021 Event Guide