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To make Twitter a better place for visually impaired: please do without those fancy Unicode letters in your account and messages – Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022 – #a11y

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/19

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, so it is a good day to write about a Twitter bot that tries to coerce people in having more accessible Twitter names and messages.

I knew I made a bookmark of [Wayback/Archive] Jacques Favreau on Twitter: “@Conundrum9999 @asciiArtHelpBot will make a little video of reading these things if anybody wants to try it out on a tweet.”

But when searching for it earlier this month, I could not find it (see below how in the end I did find it back).

The tweet was part of a thread that started with this tweet which very well describes why you should refrain from using fancy characters in Tweets or Twitter names:

[Wayback/Archive] Katie Mixtochtli – read my pinned – use alt text on Twitter: “Why you should avoid symbols and nonstandard letters in your twitter name if you want to be screen reader friendly: #DisabilityTwitter #disabilityinclusion Read on to see how “𝕁𝕒𝕞𝕖𝕤 – ʷʰᵉʳᵉ ⁱˢ ᵗʰᵉ ᵖʳᵒᵗᵉˢᵗ – ℂ𝕣𝕠𝕩𝕥𝕠𝕟 liked your reply” sounds to me 👇🏼”

The thread contains the long text you get when a screen reader reads that tweet. A video of that is below, and I saved the thread at [Wayback/Archive] Thread by @Conundrum9999 on Thread Reader App:

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In deze tijden van desinformatie belangrijker dan ooit “Zo check je waar die foto vandaan komt: foto’s controleren met een paar muisklikken.” (Peter Burger op Twitter) #OSINT

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/08

(English link for OSINT video/photo checking at the bottom of the post)

[Wayback/Archive] Peter Burger on Twitter: “Zo check je waar die foto vandaan komt: foto’s controleren met een paar muisklikken.”

Met voorbeeld video’s hoe je dit met foto’s kunt doen, en een wat langere YouTube video hoe je dat ook met video kunt doen via [Wayback/Archive] Peter Burger on Twitter: “@ManoelServal Hebben we net een video over gemaakt! …”

[Wayback/Archive] Hoe check je video’s? – YouTube

Soms kom je op internet video’s tegen waarvan je denkt: klopt dat wel? In deze video van Nieuwscheckers zie je hoe je heel simpel kan controleren waar een video vandaan komt.

Verderop in de replies een eenvoudige manier om video’s terug te vinden [Wayback/Archive] Peter Burger on Twitter: “@CarelBrendel Met gewoon screenshots maken en dan reverse image search kom je vaak een heel eind. Wil je meer dan is er speciaal voor video de Amnesty YouTube Data Viewer en vooral de geweldige plugin van Invid: …”:

[Wayback/Archive] InVID Verification Plugin – InVID project

A plugin to debunk fake news and to verify videos and images

It is available on that page for both Firefox and Chrome.



The last link also pointed to a tweet English content on tracing the source of video/photo material [Wayback/Archive] Jan Vergouwe on Twitter: “Ook benieuwd wat je zou kunnen doen om te checken of een foto of video nep of echt is? Een goed te volgen (in Engels wel) introductie…”

[Wayback/Archive] Shayan Sardarizadeh on Twitter: “Are you keen to learn how to use free, open source tools to investigate and verify videos and images online? @_kRaay @BenDoBrown @paulybrown and I have made a video with some tips about how we in @BBCNews verify online content. You might actually like it! …”


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When Twitter “” fails (often, intermittently, usually for a few days, sometimes weeks)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/21

Quite often, but at unpredictable intervals and durations, fails.

I finally got the right search terms for this, so via [Wayback] twitter search your timeline – Google Search I found [Wayback] How to search your Twitter timeline | iMore.

The alternative:

  • shows most of the tweets from the timeline
  • does not show notifications (so you have to refresh every now and then)

Their trick is to filter your tweets on filter:follows filter:nativeretweets, then order by latest (the f=live bit below).

Direct web-link:

For me, this filter seems to work better: filter:follows -filter:replies -filter:nativeretweets as it allows me to easily include or exclude retweets.

Direct URL:

I bolded a few bits above for readability; below you can see how the URI is formed from the filter parts:

filter part URI part notes base of URI
filter:follows filter%3Afollows show tweets of people you follow
%20 encoded space
filter:nativeretweets filter%3Anativeretweets only show new-style retweets
& URI parameter separator
src=typed_query tells Twitter this is a “filter”
f=live the “filter” is “Latest” tweets (without this, it is “Top” tweets)
-filter:replies -filter%3Areplies do not show replies (those are in your regular “notifications” already)
-filter:nativeretweets -filter%3Anativeretweets do not show new-style retweets


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The Delphi documentation site has been down/up oscillating for 4 days is now down for almost a day.

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/08

The [Wayback/Archive] Embarcadero/IDERA Documentation Wiki has been mostly down since March 3rd, 2022 (not the main page, but almost all other pages are).

I modified [Wayback/Archive] Docwiki https – EmbarcaderoMonitoring to show the actual status of a deeper page as the (mostly static) top page is up, so monitoring that is useless as the deeper pages are down.

The deeper pages are dynamic and require a functioning MySQL database connection. That connection is mostly down (the error message is not clear, so this could be a network or a database server problem, or maybe even a loadbalancer gradually entering bit heaven).

Since it had been down for like 6 days in February*, I’d expect Idera to keep an eye on it and prepare for more downtime. Apparently that’s either not a 24×7 thing for them or  they missed the “pre” in preparation as it is dead-silent on .

It also runs on an unsupported version of Mediawiki 1.31** which by itself does not explain the outage, but does indicate that their idea of handling their internal lifetime management is different than what they advocate to clients in their software subscription model, see [Wayback/Archive] Delphi – Embarcadero store, [Wayback/Archive] Update Subscription – Embarcadero and [Wayback/Archive] Special Offers on RAD Studio, Delphi & C++Builder – Embarcadero:

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Posted in *nix, Bookmarklet, Delphi, Development, JavaScript/ECMAScript, Lightweight markup language, MediaWiki, Monitoring, Power User, Scripting, SocialMedia, Software Development, Twitter, Uptimerobot, Web Browsers | Leave a Comment » blog: Twitter archival is slow, so limit the number of tweets you save in it

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/04

[Wayback] blog — The website has been slow for some time when…

The website has been slow for some time when archiving Twitter pages, but works fine with other websites. Is there a reason for that? Thx!


1. There are too many pages from Twitter in the queue, which reduces their priority (if it wasn’t for this condition, it would slow everything down)

2. Twitter API sometimes responds with “429 Too Many Requests” or other error, so it usually takes more than 1 attempt to capture the page.

I would suggest refraining from saving pages from Twitter for now, especially those people trying to save dozens or hundreds of tweets


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