The Social Media Page

Hello. You have arrived at the vinceunlimited Social Media page.

The Social Media page is a new section in the vinceunlimited universe designed to collate all the relevant stuff off the site for a particular type of reader, in this case the Social Media Whore. In time this page will be fully populated with all the SM related content found within the vinceunlimited site.

Author: Vince Poynter
Version: m5.325 29 Oct 2021
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First published: Version m5.295 25 Apr 20

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December 2018

The Beginning of Antisocial Media - My Twitter Story of 2018

The further time moves on the more accurately one can judge history so summarising a period of past tweeting can only be done clearly several years later. The potential downside to this is that it is tempting to read content with greater hindsight than was available at the time. It's 2021 but this article is about my Twitter content in 2018 and I am already seeing that amongst the general silliness and contemporary social commentary 2018 may have been the year that Social Media itself, or at least my experience of it mainly through Twitter, started altering for the worse. However I admit that I did not necessarily see this as clearly at the time despite predicting and naming the downfall in a post made in mid August.

The end of the previous year saw the word Fake News listed as word of the year by the American Dialect Society and Collins English Dictionary. Ironic that it is a fake word given that it is actually two words. In 2018 Oxford Languages would eventually award the term Toxic as their word of the year with Gammon as a contender. Clearly SM posts were helping to drive this vitriol and helping to turn a previously friendly discord and banter on platforms into an aggressive verbal tirade at the shortest opportunity.

This new attitude was partly politically driven by the appointment in the United States of Donald Trump as President in 2017 and his growing divisive policies based on falsehoods, exaggeration and self interests plus the realities of Brexit in the UK along with an ineffective Prime Minister in Theresa May and even weaker opposition leader in Jeremy Corbyn, who was actively propped up by a vociferous, determined and single minded support base who were not representative of the majority of the party.

However my 2018 posts could hardly be cited as a reason for this tidal change partly because I tend to avoid unpleasant and highly charged subjects and also because they were virtually all original tweets, not usually borne from replies to others or simple re-tweets much in the vein of my style to date. In fact the vitriol that I refer to above seems to come mainly from replies, retorts and counter arguments within comments to original posts. Original commentary posts by individuals don't usually directly or deliberately incite hatred, even if they sometimes post thoughts on a possibly controversial subject for discussion which then gets misinterpreted by an ignorant, wilful or malicious respondent.

As a result of all my original content posting I have touched upon many varied stories occurring during the year including the Beast from the East and Snowmaggedon; the Russian Salisbury poisoning and general state hacking; being knowingly blocked on Twitter for the first time due to a misunderstanding over Echo Chamber etiquette; the delete FaceBook campaign; my Norwegian cruise; the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle; the summer World Cup; Californian wildfires and Brexit deal failures. Plus all the intertwined characteristic silliness, humour and daft commentary of course.

So what lies below is the best of my Tweets from 2018, listed as they were published, unedited in all their glory? All the entries posted below are [mostly] exactly as they were posted online contemporaneously, without rechecking spelling, grammatical corrections or censure, due to a desire to maintain historical accuracy. However I have added an odd explanatory [word, letter or sentence] to make sense of some situations as they appeared at the time.

1 January 18

It’s only bloody 2018! How did that happen? [Notwithstanding the obvious fact it was 2017 just previously]

It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

For those of you that just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets from 2018. Based on my own choice, not based on view numbers, likes, comments or retweets. All in no significant order other than date of posting.

Got a rescue dog. He keeps bringing me apples. I think he used to be a teacher’s pet
Stephen Hawking’s Cookery Book, A Brief History Of Thyme, wasn’t his best seller
The U.K. has carried out air strikes. What has the air done to deserve this?
A mate of mine told me he had an f in maths. Which explains why he failed his English
I'm suffering from adjective amnesia. I just can't describe how it feels
There’s a 12.7% chance you won’t believe this statistic
Started reading the instructions on my old Superglue bottle. Now I just can’t put it down
It’s #flyingantday
And I forgot to get a card
Searched #Clintons
The U.K. Government and the opposition keep arguing about the way to end austerity. Allow me to assist. It’s quite simple. The way to end austerity is with a y
Things in shops without descriptions are priceless

Have I picked the ten best from 2018? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2018 just hit that blue button above.

Author: Vince Poynter
Version m5.325 29 Oct 2021
Tweets First Published: Twitter during 2018

March 2018

Twitter Block

I had some time this weekend to idly look at Twitter. After I had read the content of those who I follow and then browsed the interesting Twitter Trending topics I started to look for a promising subject to interact with.

The Twitter Trending topics are generally mature discussions by the time they are aired and most angles are covered by then. Twitter is very much a now thing and subject matter is quickly outdated so getting involved on anything here is mostly futile.

My next point of call may be Twitter’s own selected suggestions. However these are rarely useful. With only three suggestions made and each from an algorithm that is too narrow so I usually find these pointless.

If I’m in the mood for discussion I don’t want a viewpoint that is just like my own and I certainly don’t think a conversation with someone who mostly retweets other people’s material would be satisfactory. I appreciate an original thinker, someone prepared to do a little bit of writing.

Finally, in the absence of a genuine random Twitter Feed I look to the suggestions the service makes based on my perceived likes. In my case these subjects are cars and comedians. Naturally my tastes are wider than this of course but not according to Twitter.

So I read these offerings and often chip in with comments on the subjects that most interest me.

And, if I have some time, I seek to increase my options by looking at who else is commenting on these subjects and then possibly delve deeper into their feeds as well.

It was during a search like this that I happened upon a user who had themselves commented on a celebrity Tweet. One that is irrelevant to this tale and now long forgotten.

I checked a little deeper and discovered that this person appeared to use the service in the way that I do. That is to say original written content, not merely a lazy bunch of retweets, pictures of their food/cats or tiresome religious style quotations. And I noticed that they had pinned an interesting Tweet to the top of their feed which was a survey about whether a particular, named comedian was funny.

In the way the survey question was set out I immediately anticipated that the author didn’t actually want to know the answer but really wanted to take an opportunity to gather like minded dislikes.

But I noticed the survey was flawed as it offered up three options - Funny, Not Funny or Irrelevant. You can probably already see why I jumped to the conclusion about the bias of the survey.

Anyway, in a bid to encourage this member I opened a discussion suggesting the flaw in such a survey, positing that one could conclude two answers were correct and a conversation followed. The Tweeter even posted a 'like' on my comment.

They then explained it was only an attempt to measure respondents to see what sort of people they were and I replied with the point that a respondent’s Twitter avatar was not necessarily an indication of who was making the choice.

The author then clarified a point about their original Tweet and them actually seeking an Echo Chamber Effect, which is, to quote Wikipedia, 'a metaphorical description of a situation in which beliefs are amplified or reinforced by communication and repetition inside a closed system'. They then clearly pointed out that they wanted respondents to think like they did and agree that the comedian was clearly not funny.

In actual fact, although often controversial, the comedian is highly popular so on the spectrum of comedians should generally be classed as funny given such limited choices.

So I took the survey and marked them as funny. At which point I was able to note that I was the only one who had done this. Twitter surveys do not let you know the trend or votes until a vote is cast, which prevents forced bias toward a less popular choice.

I wasn't really such an outlier. In fairness only eight others had bothered with the survey, a very low, statistically unreliable number, mostly voting for Not Funny. This contravened an earlier claim by the author that the option Irrelevant was trending.

Then I re-engaged with the author noting this skew towards the idea that the comedian was Not Funny and added a comment that this was a typical response to a comedian’s work in general. To reinforce the point, I also suggested that, as opposed to comics, poor actors don’t suffer from surveys about the quality of their work.

It appears that this hit a nerve. A reply came back stating that the survey was over a week old and as I was now responding they assumed that I had actively sought out the Tweet just to be a 'spoilsport', along with a suggestion that I desist being such a person and ending the message with a firm invite to leave the conversation.

A few points to note:

  • The survey was still active and had another day and some hours to finish

  • I found it because it was pinned to the top of the user’s feed. A place Twitter users can ensure they get maximum attention

  • Twitter doesn’t work that way. People can join and leave when they wish to. It is a public forum

  • I could even claim it was my own conversation topic that I was being strongly invited to leave
  • I felt I had been unfairly libelled about the motive for my conversation and unfairly called a name. So I decided, as is my right, to politely reply once more.

    I noted that they had misinterpreted my intention, that I didn’t seek the tweet but came across it and thought it interesting so started the conversation. I added that they now choose to terminate it, rather impolitely. And suggested that I seemingly didn’t fit their narrative. However I did finally note that I will leave them to it and finished off with a simple message - Be kind.

    I had no intention of continuing a conversation that appeared to have reached an impasse.

    However curiosity led to me checking to see if a response came and as I was reading the rude comments that were being fired back by the author to their followers, without including me, the feed suddenly disappeared.

    I had been blocked.

    Unable to see the rest of the continued libel and unable to respond.

    It was the Twitter equivalent of someone steaming out of the room whilst shouting back abuse and slamming the door.

    Let me be clear. I do not object to being blocked. If you can’t handle a conversation that is not feeding your own bias then that is fine. Everybody has a right to be who they choose to be.

    I find it sad, however, that this person does not wish to open their mind at all to a reasoned, alternative point of view.

    And downright rude to be libellous without being subject to recourse.

    After all, when all is said and done, I took some time to carefully craft an interesting conversation with a low level user of a system where my only expressed opinion was that comedian’s generally get a raw deal and I had taken some of my valuable time to take part in that person’s public survey expressing an honest opinion. A survey which had hardly received any other traction from a person who I initially thought might deserve more than their handful of followers. Generally I try to support those with less followers and initially thought I may have discovered another interesting person to follow.

    In continuation of my polite attitude towards this exchange I have not sought to belittle the Twitterer on this platform who I had the conversation with so will not advertise their details here.

    Nor will I name the comedian who was being subjected to the initial attempted trolling. In fact it is interesting that although named in the original survey no attempt was made to involve them as no hashtag or Twitter handle was included by the original author.

    However, as can be rightly conferred throughout this article I am interested in thoughts about this exchange, the merits and disadvantages of being a comedian and of learning alternative opinions. So please feel free to comment.

    And I promise you, no matter what you think I will not block you. Because that way I am really blocking myself.

    Plus, I know, it does hurt a little.

    Be kind.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.244 30 Nov 2018
    First published: WordPress Blog on 26 Mar 2018

    December 2017

    Half Hearted - My Twitter Story of 2017

    This is the story of my 2017 Tweeting Year. Or at least the most remarkable ones.

    Note that once more this collection will be more enjoyable if you start off on the understanding that this is not a reputable news agency nor a travelogue or a load of pointless lifestyle snippets. You have to understand that this is a random take on a variety of eclectic subjects mostly in an attempt to extract a bit of humour in each carefully written, crafted paragraph.

    All the entries posted below are [mostly] exactly as they were posted online, contemporaneously, without rechecking spelling, grammatical corrections or censure, due to a desire to maintain historical accuracy. However I have added an odd explanatory [word, letter or sentance] to make sense of some situations as they appeared at the time.

    If you have been following my Twitter story you will know that my enthusiasm for posting had waned in 2016. I felt self conscious about that so used the chance of a new year change to restart my contributions, with typical humour.

    1 January 17

    Just woke up after a year asleep. Did I miss anything 2016?

    It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

    For those of you that just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2015. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.

    My exit poll...
    Con 28.9
    Lab 6 carat
    SNP Chickens
    UKIP 4 maids a milking
    Rabbits win
    As accurate as the official exit poll
    Don't know what all the fuss is about. I had an electric car years ago. A Scalextric
    Seen on a headstone. Stand back. It's catching #NationalTellAJokeDay
    Ahh Saturday mornings. Like a Sunday morning only a bit earlier in the week
    Put a security camera in one of my garden ornaments
    (Note that all views are my Gnome)
    Why are the #Brexit talks taking so long? Is #Google Translate really slow?
    In the eighties there were only two certainties. Death and faxes
    Nothing wrong with dog farms as long as they are planted far enough apart #itv #GMB
    You know, I’m at that age where the only thing you really get at #Christmas is older
    It’s #BoxingDay and unfortunately for me I’ve been teamed up with Mike Tyson

    Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2017 just hit that blue button above.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Curated: Version m5.315 24 Jun 2020
    Tweets First Published: Twitter during 2017

    December 2016

    Twitter Break - My Twitter Story of 2016

    I started a Twitter account at the beginning of 2009. I had now been posting relatively regularly for seven years. Not posting in the thousands but still a few tweets every few days. And of those snippets virtually no retweets just primarily original thoughts and content. And in January 2016 I stopped.

    It was never intended to be permanent. I had had small breaks before. I didn’t close my account nor did a final post saying goodbye or wrapping up my content. I just stopped for a couple of days, which turned into a month, then more and so on.

    In fact I didn’t start up again until November of that year and even then didn’t feel the need to post dozens of little insights to make up for my absence.

    The problem was that starting up again, out of the blue, seemed far more difficult than the stopping, particularly when you value your words as an art form as much as I do. After such a long break any new, reestablishing post had to be poignant, unique, thoughtful.

    There were times during my sabbatical I had felt the odd urge to post. Worried that any momentum I had worked so hard to establish was being eroded. Missing the occasional times when I could add some odd social commentary or gag based on a contemporaneous event. Even using the format to quickly post an original thought or idea that I had that year.

    It wasn’t as if there weren't many opportunities in 2016 that I would probably have commented on. Such as Harambe, the gorilla shot when a boy fell into his enclosure, the summer of european football as well as Olympic atheletics and even the tiny matter of the UK voting to leave the European Union. All good grist to my mill.

    But it was another political upheaval which eventually piqued my interest enough to get a comment out. Donald Trump was elected on 8 November 2016 as the 45th President of the United States. It wasn’t that fact though, millions were already making every permutation of comment on that. My frustration fuelled by a lack of Social Media venting eventually broke due to a technically lowly British political figure, Nigel Farage. Lowly in position but a crucial force in the decision the United Kingdom took regarding Brexit.

    You can read the tweet and all the other significant ones I posted that year below, all precisely as they were available online.

    Because of the paucity of posts in 2016 I am not going to do a summary of the best ten as I have previously done for all the preceding years. After all I only list eleven posts for 2016 as many of them would’t make the top ten!

    1 January 16

    A new year. So time for a new tweet
    That was it

    [A long break…]

    14 November 16

    Will @Time Magazine's Person of the Year be @realDonaldTrump ? Or perhaps more fittingly, the person behind the revolution. @Nigel_Farage
    [A few days later both were announced as shortlisted then Donald Trump got the award]
    The more astute of you will have noticed I'm back in the Twittersphere. You're welcome
    Have you seen this year's @johnlewisretail Christmas ad? Cute story with underlying message. We sell jumpers
    [The advert features a number of creatures bouncing on a trampoline]

    19 November 16

    Donald Trump has called for theatres to be a safe place to visit. Proving he has remembered some history
    [Donald Trump had criticised a new Broadway Musical, Hamilton, after his deputy was harangued]

    29 November 16

    I'm not happy with the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016, post-truth. It's not a word but a compound of two. Which, ironically suits

    5 December 16

    Southern Rail are planning to compensate passengers a month's prices due to poor performance. It's the fare dodgers you have to feel for

    13 December 16

    #Twitter now has #GreatSearchFacilities so are #Hashtags #really #necessary #anymore? #hashtagOverkill ##

    25 December 16

    So it's a big HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all my followers.
    Sorry, that should be both my followers

    29 December 16

    Tweet Redacted

    [The Tweet was issued following surge of #mediablackout Tweets following many celebrity deaths in 2016, then the elderly Queen missing key events due to ‘a bad cold’ because some users started to worry about a conspiracy of media silence]

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.306 20 May 2020
    Tweets First Published: Twitter during 2016

    December 2015

    2015 Tweets - My Twitter Story of 2015

    Once more into the breech my friends. The muzzle that is the Twittersphere, that is. This is the story of my Tweeting Years in 2015. Or at least the most remarkable ones.

    You will see that after over five years of fairly comprehensive and regular use of the service my interest began to wane a bit, particularly in the first quartile. However this break allowed me to recuperate some energy for the SM site and I came back strong from May.

    As always this collection will be more enjoyable if you start off on the understanding that this is not Reuters, a travelogue or a series of pointless lifestyle snapshots from a pretty young blonde. You have to understand that this is a random take on vicarious subjects with an attempt to find at least some humour in each carefully, hand written, crafted paragraph.

    All the entries here are [mostly] exactly as they were posted online, contemporaneously, without rechecking spelling, grammatical corrections or censure, due to a desire to maintain historical accuracy. However I have added an odd explanatory [word, letter or sentance] to make sense of some situations as they stood at the time.

    So, there you go, enjoy. You should see many great one liners from this year

    4 January 15

    Brought myself a smart TV. Now it keeps showing up my inadequacies

    It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

    For those of you that just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2015. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.

    I went to mime school. Didn't like it. But I didn't say anything
    I tried one of those selfie sticks. I prodded a man three feet away and asked him to take my photo
    Some are saying that the number of Bees are reducing. I say ollocks
    If I were to do the #GreatNorthRun I'd dress in motorcycle helmet, jacket and boots. Then add the motorcycle for authenticity
    Met a guy who was an ex-thief, now looking for a job. He said he was willing to take anything
    Toilet roll.
    One of the less popular choices in Greggs
    Of course the wealthy already have driverless cars. Or as they call them, chauffeurs
    China's one child policy failed miserably. In 2014 nearly 17 million were born
    Last night I found out two things.
    1) Ripping the wife's bra off with your teeth is very exciting
    2) Dental charges have gone up 10%
    My wife has a wicked sense of humour. She only laughs at witch based shows

    Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2015 just hit that blue button above.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Curated: Version m5.295 25 Apr 2020
    First Published: Twitter during 2015

    November 2015


    I have been experiencing some white light flashing when viewing some photos posted on FaceBook for a while now. Today I decided to check this out. Apparently this is something to do with some ad malware trying to get in. Yet another nail in FaceBook's coffin.

    I’ve had enough. I am leaving FaceBook and will no longer post or reply on this insidious application.

    My account will be suspended soon. Do not reply to this as no response will follow.

    If you really 'like' this post you will follow suit.

    If you still enjoy this experience then fine, I wish you no ill will. Carry on. It's your choice. It's a pity that there is no way we can all enjoy checking up on each other's lives and sharing experiences without the constant battle with this objectionable product.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.237 21 Nov 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update on 10 Nov 2015
    I joined FaceBook in Oct 2007 and left in Nov 2015
    I still await the emergence of a suitable successor

    September 2015


    A FaceBook status update made on 22 Sep 2015

    What if we all added a Like to every post we see in a day?

    Would it make us all feel a little bit smug, perhaps.

    Just add a Like to this to get it started

    Related Link

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.236 20 Nov 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update on 22 Sep 2015
    I received absolutely no Likes at all when this was posted
    At present this site does not include a Like button facility

    May 2015

    I don't know who you are...

    I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for game invites, I can tell you I don't have any. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you like my post now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you. I will find you. And I will laugh at your profile picture.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.232 15 Nov 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update on 20 May 2015


    A white bowl sits on a small light wood table next to a bed containing a meal of smoked mackerel on top of some mashed potato on a bed of garden peas, topped with a generous spread of brown sauce and sprinkled with black pepper. A bright teaspoon is nestled in the meal
    A stunning meal worthy of at least five Michelin tyres

    Added a new photo to the album iOS Photos.

    As you are all so fond of food photos I thought I might share my culinary skills.

    Here we have mash, peas and mackerel topped with black pepper and brown sauce.

    #FeelingHungry? - Not?


    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.231 14 Nov 2018
    First published: FaceBook Status Update 19 May 2015
    The photograph was taken by the author on 24 Nov 2011, first publically issued in the FaceBook Status Update 19 May 2015

    December 2014

    Twitter '14: My Twitter Story of 2014

    As usual I continued my use of Twitter throughout 2014 and have once more collated all the most memorable ones here for prosperity.

    Not that you will get any actual prosperity from reading this, or even checking the full archive at, nor even if you check out my current tweeting, also at… well you know by now.

    Looking back at my tweets during the year shows I was pretty busy doing the old tweet thing, just check out my productivity on 22 April 2014 for proof. Generally I majored on simple, humorous one liners including some you may see relating to the current issues of the day. I just wish I could remember them all so they could be amusingly inserted into my conversations at appropriate moments.

    All together the collection provides a fantastic archive of amusing ideas, indeed a diverse, eclectic range from an inventive mind. Or, if you prefer, the confused rantings of someone who has yet to find something to settle on.

    A couple of minor themes to look out for this year including a handful of tweets with hashtags, for example #iwasinaband in January and #animalalphabet in March, although most tweets are unrelated to each other, apart from their author.

    As usual all the entries here are [mostly] exactly as they were posted online, contemporaneously, without rechecking spelling, grammatical corrections or censure. This is not due to laziness but a desire to maintain historical accuracy. However I have added an odd explanatory [word] or letter to help explain any mistakes.

    So, go forth, read and enjoy.

    6 January 14

    Should all atheists be called Godfrey?

    It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

    For those of you that just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2014. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.

    Should all atheists be called Godfrey?
    #iwasinaband that gigged only in cake and sweet shops. Back then we were huge
    One day I'll tell you about the grizzly I live with. Bear with me
    My Uncle lost his wife at the zoo. I suspect the Anteater #animalalphabet
    Reversed the car back down the multi-storey car park ramp. Which was wrong on so many levels
    I beat all the chickens in a race. But I did have to break into a run
    I said you're not the usual dental assistant. She said no I just fill in
    I was in the restaurant and asked to see the waiter. I was shown the second man in the queue
    I said "I knew a boxer once" He said "Amateur or Professional" I said "Pedigree"
    Fireworks - So be careful with it

    Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2014 just hit that blue button above.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Curated: Version m5.282 31 Dec 2019
    First Published: Twitter during 2014


    May I be the first to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

    Hope your day is full of love and joy and X-boxes. Remember to think of those less fortunate than you, such as those on their own, those who have to work and others who have to put up with me today.

    And remember not to eat too much, it's Christmas for the waste bin as well you know.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.229 12 Nov 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update on Christmas Day 25 Dec 2014

    November 2014


    Hi guys, I've been lax in my post updates lately. I really ought to let you all know what I've been up to lately. Hopefully this post will get you all up to speed.

    Just one note before I start though. I hope you don't mind but I've had to redact some of the more personal data as I don't want FaceBook to have too much personal information on record.

    Firstly work. I used to [redacted] but just recently, in fact just [redacted] years ago I decided to have a change and now I [redacted].

    I am really enjoying doing this partly because I get to [redacted].

    On a personal basis I'm still with [redacted] despite [redacted] and the incident with the large mole.

    Health wise my doctor said my enormous [redacted] even though I use the cream daily.

    I had a falling out with [redacted] so don't expect a Christmas Card this year. But at least I made a new friend when the [redacted] [redacted].

    Now for the most important bit. I had a great bit of fortune recently on the [redacted] and won nearly [redacted]. I am going to share this all with my FaceBook friends. All you need to do is turn up at [redacted] on the [redacted] at [redacted] o'clock. All those that read my messages will now know this and be able to share in this. So see you on the [redacted].

    Bye for now.

    And remember if you don't share this post you will [redacted].

    Author: Vince [Redacted]
    Version m5.224 5 Nov 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update 8 Nov 2014

    August 2014


    Hey FaceBook. Try telling us in a plainer way you won't forward messages again until we install your other Messenger App.

    Don’t just put up a bland advert for it. I'm not in the habit of installing the usual crap peddled on your site. I certainly won't install via links through you.

    And by the way. Why does it need a separate App anyway? Are we to expect a separate App for news, or photos or each of our friends posts soon?

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.211 15 Oct 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update 14 Aug 2014


    I'm wondering.

    What if I said yes to every suggestion FaceBook makes about 'People I may know’.

    Would I eventually befriend everyone on this site? All 1.28 billion of them.

    Maybe, just maybe, FaceBook might stop pestering my feed with suggestions.

    Also I might start accepting all the games invites.

    Too far?

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.207 9 Oct 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update 4 Aug 2014

    May 2014

    Most Recent


    Just a quick note, in case you weren't sure. Yesterday was here before today. Please bear this in mind when I enquire about 'Most Recent'

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.204 3 Oct 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update 28 May 2014


    Please pass on this message to get four wishes just for sharing.

    If you SHARE today you get granted four special wishes.

    If you LIKE this post you will receive a special bonus wish. Your wishes will come true within a week.

    If you don't pass this message on you will turn into a goat.

    Terms and conditions: The author of this post cannot guarantee you will receive four wishes, or indeed any number up to the arbitrary value of four that is mentioned. To be honest it's unlikely you will get any. And it will make pigging all difference whether you like or share. The author is only looking for cheap link bait from gullible people. Although the timescales indicate you should act quickly you will get the same effect whether you do this now or twenty years in the future. In other words, fuddle all. It's just a proven fact that if you think you can ignore something at the moment you are unlikely to return again. And it's only suggested that something may happen in a week because loads of things happen in your week so there's a fair chance that you may find association where there wasn't any in the first place. If, in the unlikely event that you do make a wish and it comes true do you really think that reading, liking or sharing some bit of make believe nonsense had any effect on it? Really? Do you? And, seriously, do you think the mild threat is really going to turn you into a goat? Unless you are a goat foetus this is a highly improbable outcome so ignore this mild threat.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.203 2 Oct 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update 24 May 2014

    Dear FaceBook

    Dear FaceBook,

    I don't know if you remember me. It's been a while so I hope you don't mind me writing to you out of the blue like this.

    You may recall we used to be together when we were much younger. We were dreamers then. Me with my life and you with your incessant thirst for knowledge. We shared good times. We exchanged ideas, thoughts and sometimes the odd laugh.

    But we grew apart. I heard rumours that you would spread our little secrets to all and sundry, no matter how many times I'd ask you not to. And you did have a nasty habit of constantly asking to play that awful FarmVille all the time.

    So we stopped seeing each other. I moved on, particularly with my new best friend, Twitter. But I always kept you in my thoughts, observing you from afar.

    Thankfully your FarmVille obsession seems to have rescinded, although sadly replaced by the frankly much worse Candy Crush Saga. How disappointing you are.

    Despite this I think we can be friends again, even though I know deep in my heart you will still splash our private thoughts all around the place even if I continue to ask you not to. I'll just have to watch what I say. A technique I have learned from seeing how others patently do the opposite.

    However, I am wiling to give us a go again. No promises. You know me. But let's hang out again. Although not with that Google crowd, I'm not that weird.

    I'll probably start slow. Maybe the odd comment on our shared timelines. In time I may post some proper updates. Maybe even the occasional photograph. We'll see.

    I think this will work, providing you stop asking me where I work, the school I attended more than three decades ago and what my inside leg measurement is. Some secrets a man must keep to himself. And some a man should just share with his old mate FriendsReunited.

    And whilst we're at it stop suggesting I might know a load of people who clearly look like a frightful bunch of potential petty criminals. Yes I admit I may have shared my past with some of them but the fact that I have had little to do with them in the past forty odd years must tell you something.

    And whilst we are on the new rules, don't start trying to find out where I go all the time. I don't share that sort of stuff with anyone. Except my friend FourSquare that is.

    Despite all this I'm up for giving it another go.

    Your old friend, Vince

    P.S. Don't tell MySpace. I'm not reigniting that flame and he's already sad enough, it could tip him over the edge.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.202 1 Oct 2018
    First published: FaceBook status update 18 May 2014

    December 2013

    Thirteen Tweets: My Twitter Story of 2013

    2013 was a year that saw a greater uptake of high quality flat screen TVs including the introduction of 4K screens, a scandal involving unlisted horse meat found in British processed meat products, the Church of England attempting to disrupt Wonga financial services plus the spacecraft Voyager finally breaching the outer limits of the solar system. So naturally I made comment on all these things.

    I also continued to gently mock issues relating to my favourite subjects, technology, cars, news and politics along with many other things that I personally watched and experienced. As usual the main theme was humour and I grabbed opportunities all year round to post such irreverence and gags.

    Remember, all entries both past and live can be followed at

    1 January 13

    Russell Crowe, Russell Crowe, riding through the glen That is why, that this film, watched by all women

    It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

    For those of you that just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2013. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.

    I got flashed whilst turning round under a speed camera. It was a three point turn
    Going to a fancy dress party dressed as a 9mm round of ammo. I'm hoping this will get me in a magazine
    [On the new Mr Selfridge TV series] So far in this series he's not sold one fridge
    We had a greyhound called Scissors. He never got enough exercise as we were not allowed to run with him
    Saw a bald man at the Fringe Festival. That's just not right
    I used to transport vicars to church. Lovely vehicle, leather seats, aircon, electric windows. Strangely, no rev counter
    There are many stand up comedians operating in London now. Which is an indictment on the NHS
    Someone asked me the difference between a Kite and a Buzzard. I said buzzards have brown plumage & yellow beak, whereas kites have a string
    Toilet roll's run out. Quite a surprise. I didn't even know it could walk
    There's a gap in the curtains. Damn retail outlets everywhere these days

    Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2013 just hit that blue button above.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Curated: Version m5.269 8 Jul 2019
    First Published: Twitter during 2013

    May 2013

    Driving Like Me

    I don't like anything.

    That is to say I don't LIKE anything.

    I don't mean I don't like any thing. That would just be ridiculous. Or perhaps suggest my only experience of tech is the Amstrad emailer phone, the Sinclair C5 and the Blackberry Playbook.

    What I mean is I never click on little digital thumb symbols to give my unadulterated approval of anything I see on the Internet. It is beset with implication.

    It is such an easy thing to do and I often think I would love to give a simple little nod of approval to an article that's posted or a comment made. A nice way to encourage the author to keep up with their fine work.

    The problem is I'm aware that the simple little LIKE feature can be a powerful tool in the hands of a menacing Corporate Social Media baron.

    Say for instance I read a great tip on how on how to mend a leak in a Dutch levee and so added my approval. Before long and unbeknownst to me, my contacts may be bestowed with the message that Vince likes Dykes. My mates would exclaim, "Crikes, Vince likes Dykes."

    As you can see I am no longer controlling my Internet profile. It is being blown out of proportion to my original simple and contemporary appreciation of my friend Michael's great posting on travelling Dutch waterways - Mike's Bike Hikes On Dykes - if you're interested.*

    I personally wish the LIKE button remained just an innocent way to compliment something and where I would most appreciate this function is when I'm out and about on the road.

    Imagine a LIKE button feature on cars using a simple dash mounted switch to display a screen mounted message. Wouldn't it be great if you could just flick your knob every time you saw something you appreciated on the road. And a little LED screen message popped up with the word LIKE.

    You could use this to commend other motorists on good behaviour such as being let out of a side turning, leaving a proper stopping distance or generally getting out of my way when I'm trying to get home quickly to listen to a live video podcast.

    I would love to get an acknowledged thumbs up for a great overtaking manoeuvre I had just performed or perhaps to dish one out as appreciation of you bringing out your posh new sports car on a wet Wednesday.

    The natural extension of the motoring LIKE button is the obverse DISLIKE message. This would be applied for commenting on bad driving such as cutting in, poor lane discipline or running over a child.

    And in this interconnected world the messages could be linked. When a LIKE or DISLIKE is given it could be Bluetoothly transferred between vehicles. In this way all the LIKEs and DISLIKEs could be tallied up over a period to give a measure on how considerate a driver you are.

    The downside would be that before long this score would be wiretoothed to your insurance company to affect your premium. And unlike Stock Markets this value never seems to go down as well as up no matter how many LIKEs you would receive.

    Another vehicle to vehicle message could be based on the the 'blue flag' indicator commonly seen in F1 racing. Imagine having an illuminated blue lamp to signify that the car behind is going quicker and is wanting to get past.

    I travel, ahem, promptly but always leave a good stopping distance. This can confuse the average, ambling, myopic driver ahead, loping along thoughtlessly in an outer lane. He hasn't used his rear view mirror since 1973 and refuses to use the perfectly adequate and strangely empty lane to his inside but will politely move over if it is bought to his startling attention that another car is on the road and wishes to travel quicker. Even if on passing he immediately re-engages his previous position once more in that unfathomable lane change manoeuvre.

    The 'I want to overtake you blue flag light' would be more polite than the traditional aggressive flash, the inside lane parallel formation drive with attendant shrug or the oft-used rear approach to within 6mm of the bumper. The latter being the favoured approach by drivers with four interlocking rings on their grille.

    Incidentally all small Japanese cars driven by the elderly will have to have their blue flag message light illuminated every three minutes by law as they are invariably in the way.

    I say bring on car to car comms. I would LIKE that.

    P.S. if you like this blog click the LIKE button. I know I wouldn't.

    P.P.S. *Did you really Google this?

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.198 25 Sep 2018
    First published: WordPress 5 May 2013 [where there is an actual LIKE button. Go there and press if you feel so inclined]
    Inter-vehicular comms, known now as V2V, were first proposed within an education document authored by Chai K Toh in 2001

    December 2012

    Tweety Twelve: My Twitter Story of 2012 - Introduction

    2012 was a momentous year in the UK, bolstered by the success of the Olympic Games.

    It wasn’t quite so momentous on my Twitter account as it was merely business as usual as I continued my task all year by providing a diverse range of eclectic, interesting, amusing and thought provoking content.

    I continue to do this summary for each year because Twitter is transient but some of my content is worth preserving and hasn’t yet been seen by everyone.

    As usual I only include the best posts below, all as they appeared at the time.

    Remember, all entries both past and live can be followed at

    15 Jan 12

    Wimbledon on TV. Can't imagine a film made about any of the other Grand Slams. Although I thought I saw Paris Open on the Internet once

    It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

    For those of you that just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2012. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.

    Ironic that all visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed start in a slow moving traffic jam
    I asked my misses if all our home contents were insured. She said we had a blanket insurance cover. Seems to be a bit specific
    Spent several minutes in the shop marvelling at the new large screen 3D TV only to realise I was looking out the window
    My last girlfriend was really clingy. Haven't seen her since our rock climbing days
    For my A levels I got an A* in maths, chemistry & physics. It was a real shock. Particularly as I studied music, German & artistic dance
    I've woken up this morning with a bad back. I can't even recall buying it drinks and inviting it back to my place last night
    I'm suffering from adjective amnesia. I just can't describe how it feels
    When I married her my misses was worth her weight in gold. And has kept up with inflation ever since
    My family believes in Creationism. And has for tens of thousands of years
    Do you know the best place to start a career in the aircraft industry? Boarding School

    Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2012 just hit that blue button above.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Written and first Published: Version m5.260 9 May 2019
    Tweets First Published: Twitter during 2012

    September 2012

    The Social Medium

    I don't like what you post on FaceBook. Or the way that Twitter is used. I'm annoyed why photo sharing sites are ignored and think that most LinkedIn comments are preposterous. But don't worry, all is fine.

    I suspect you feel the same about my use of social media. And probably the way your other contacts do all this as well. It's because there are no rules here so we make up our own.

    The reason that I dislike all this is that you don't use these social networks as they should be used. Which is to say that you don't use them in the way that I interpret they should be used. I'll give you an example.

    I don't use FaceBook to store and distribute my digital photograph collections. For a start I would think it presumptuous to assume you'd like to see them all and I do like to keep some of my life to myself. Plus if I wanted to share shed-loads of pretty pictures I'd use a proper photo-sharing site, like Flickr. It's the way it was first devised and shall always remain so.

    Some selective photos of mine are published on FB which may be of interest to the few friends and family I save this site for. And every one of them is in focus I might add.

    Ephemeral photos that I take are much more suited to the casual nature of Tweeting so you only get to see these if you follow me there.

    Which brings me neatly onto the issue of followers and contacts. And a specific question. Why do you have so many? Yes, on the face of it it seems flattering that so many others want to be in your gang but there is a limit to these things and too many lessen the impact. It is a privilege to be considered a friend but not if everyone is. And I think it impossible to follow the posts of more than fifty or so active others, across all sites. So how do you manage your seventy, seven hundred or several thousand?

    So this is how you should use Social Media.

    At present FaceBook is the worst of the lot. It has become a dumping ground for everything that is good or bad in social media and tries to emulate and steal the ideas from every other format. It wants your posts, your pictures, your locations, your timeline, your soul. By all means use this as a one stop shop if you know no better but as you are are reading this I guess you do know better so don't!

    If FB must be used, use it only for close friends and family. Restrict posts to interesting things about what you are getting up to. If you need to arrange a meeting use the phone or text.

    Only share photo collections on photo-sharing sites such as Flickr. And group them by activity, event or date. With all miscellaneous content clearly labelled so. And just delete the duplications and the ones with your damn thumb in the corner.

    Don't however treat Instagram as a photo sharing site. Use this to create interesting, vivid content not as a place to dump every photo of parties, pies and peers.

    Respect your Twitter stream by properly following just a handful of people who genuinely interest you, whether they be friends, famous or followable.

    Your friends and relations do like to see where you are and what you are doing there so use a site designed for this purpose such as FourSquare. Or if you are watching something try sharing with GetGlue.

    Keep LinkedIn professional. Only post relevant notes about your career and work related issues. And no avatar photos of you on a beach or the piste, unless that is your workplace.

    If you can't think of anything amusing, pertinent or interesting to say post nothing. And when a thought enters your mind carefully choose the appropriate medium.

    Only selectively requote or link to other peoples content. Stop constantly referencing other people's stuff. If I had an interest in their diatribe I'd find it myself. Save the plagiarism for satirists.

    And finally, ignore Google+ because that upsets geeks, was far too late for the party and Google should stick to searching.

    Only please don't do any of the above. Because you are you not me.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.195 14 Sep 2018
    First published: WordPress 11 Sep 2012

    December 2011

    3rd Year Tweets: My Twitter Story of 2011 - Introduction

    I joined Twitter at the beginning of 2009 and had made a summary of the best Tweets from that year under the title 'Primary Tweets'. I did the same again for 2010 under the title 'Ten Tweets'.

    I continue to feel proud of my contribution to the platform so it seems natural to create a similar story for other years, in particular here for the third year of my tweeting, 2011.

    Again it is not a complete reposting of every Tweet that year. You will need to visit my @vinceunlimited Twitter Feed to get absolutely everything.

    Finally, for those without the time on their hands to read the whole story I have also created a 'Best of 2011 Tweets'.

    This is my Twitter story of 2011.

    Of course, the full gamut of entries both past and live can be followed at

    Here I continue my ongoing story of tweeting, into it's third year, with this particular article extracting the most repeatable from the annals of 2011.

    I do this summary for each year because of the nature of Twitter. Most posted entries are transient items of the moment, seen only by the limited numbers of people who are actually following and reading at the time. Due to my belief that many of my posts are worth recording for prosperity I reproduce the best of a particular year’s postings below, unedited and still containing the original poor sphelling and grammar. And as you will see it is the usual mix of quick fire wit and comment charting some of the year’s notable events and despite what most non-Twitterers think, nothing at all about my duck-faced selfie habits.

    As usual, all entries both past and live can be followed at and you might like to know that the best of my 2009 & 2010 posts can be found in previous entries 'Primary Tweets' for 2009 and 'Ten Tweets' for 2010.

    14 Jan 11

    My wife called me officious. Clearly demonstrating that she hadn't read my email on the matter

    It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

    For those of you that just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2011. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.

    Woman on train constantly fiddling with her blackberry. She really ought to get a mobile phone if she wants something to do
    If they cut out all the stuttering would The King's Speech have won an Oscar in the short film category?
    It's not right to be showing all the latest films in 3D. Particularly if you are only in Class 2C
    I suggested my wife signs up to the donor programme. On her death about four normal women could benefit from a bum transplant
    Just had a fish pedicure. I thought why not? No skin off my nose
    The chap who invented matches was alright but he failed to set the world alight
    My misses is always watching her soaps. Tonight it's Dove, Coal Tar and Imperial Leather
    The guy who lays Tarmac Drives went on Dragon's Den. I'm dying to know how his pitch went down
    Someone told me they are my biggest fan. I replied "Well blow me"
    I came up behind a plumber and gave him a tap on the shoulder. He said "Are you trying to put me out of work?"

    Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2011 just hit that blue button above.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Written and first Published: Version m5.250 29 Jan 2019
    Tweets First Published: Twitter during 2011

    December 2010

    Ten Tweets: My Twitter Story of 2010 - Introduction

    I joined Twitter at the beginning of 2009 and had made a summary of the best Tweets from that year under the title Primary Tweets.

    I felt proud of the contribution I was continuing to make in 2010 so it seemed appropriate to make another story summation of my year's content postings, as below. Including noting the three month sabbatical I took in the summer, following my practice 'month off' earlier in the year.

    Although fairly comprehensive it is not a complete reposting of every Tweet that year. You will need to visit my @vinceunlimited Twitter Feed to get absolutely everything.

    Finally, for those without the time on their hands to read the whole story I have also created a 'Best of 2010 Tweets'

    This is my Twitter story of 2010.

    Of course, the full course of entries both past and live can be followed at

    Around this time [1 Jan 2011] one year ago I posted a summary of my best Tweets from 2009. So, as we put away 2010 by folding it into a neat pile and get 2011 out ready for full use it is time for me to once more summarise my past micro-blogging year.

    I do this summary each year because of the nature of Twitter. Most posted entries are transient items of the moment, seen only by the limited numbers of people who are actually following and reading at the time. Due to my belief that many of my posts are worth recording for prosperity I reproduce the best of this year’s postings below, unedited and still containing the original poor spelling and grandma. And as you will see it is the usual mix of quick fire wit and comment charting some of the year’s notable events and despite what most non-Twitterers think, nothing at all about my eating habits.

    This is my Twitter story of 2010.

    As usual, all entries both past and live can be followed at and you might like to know that the best of my 2009 posts are in previous entry Primary Tweets [posted 31 Dec 09].

    1 Jan

    It's 2010 & I've just had a clear vision of the future. According to my vision in ten years time it will be 2020. Which is perfect vision

    It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

    Finally, for those without the time on their hands to read the whole story and just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2010. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.

    I went into a sandwich bar and ordered a pint of cheese and tomato
    I wrote to ask if I could be the lead in the band. They wrote back to say they don't use poisonous materials
    Have you seen the pirated Avatar copies? Amazing 3D effects. Film in the background. Cinema audience in the foreground
    I have a pet Ulant. It's a stubborn little creature.
    Wednesday. From the Greek word meaning silent d
    At work people are always trying to pick a fight with me. Really must give up my job as a Professional Boxer
    I went to South Africa last week. I was only heading for Tesco but you know how difficult SatNav programming is
    Last year our economy went to the dogs. I wonder if this year it might like to go bowling?
    I'm going to vote for change. Because my car's parked on a meter
    Do ocean going liners have cruise control?

    Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2010 just hit that blue button above.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version 5.183 28 Aug 2018
    Tweets First Published: Twitter during 2010
    Full Article Written and Published: Version 3.0 on 1 Jan 201
    Extract created: Version 5.183 28 Aug 2018

    SM Best Friends

    Just updated to the latest FB update.

    It can now allow me to state who my best friends are.

    Or, in other words, show all the others they are just a bunch of second-rate monkeys.

    Dumb. Needless to say you are all my best friends. Even the monkeys amongst you.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.182 27 Aug 2018
    First Published: FaceBook Status Update 29 Dec 2010

    April 2010

    Oh Yea! Oh Yea!

    So the site [Version 3] is finally up and running. A few teething troubles getting iWeb to publish it on the Apple Server farm in the correct way then republish it in the proper place at the URL but it’s there and raring to go.

    I did some tests on the formatting both on my Apple machines via Safari and then on my Dell notebook on both IE8 and Firefox. Firefox handled the layout well but IE8 seemed to want to put the photo captions below the photos, pushing the whole page down and off the end. Frankly this is the result of using a MS Windows browser and serves you right. It may be an XP issue so I’ll wait for the comments to filter through.

    Regarding comments, the Apple version at [Apple link no longer available] should provide an easy way to add comments to these blogs. Go via the URL and the facility isn’t repeated. However the mail link can be used to send comments to me.

    Also, the process of adding to the URL from iWeb converts the site address to an unnecessarily complex which could be altered by complex HTML reprogramming but Version 3 was meant to eliminate all that.

    For any way you visit the experience should be similar and finally I can announce that vinceunlimited is back where it belongs and I duly did that at some of my various SM sites.

    Posted on my Facebook site

    Hi All, just to let you all know the spammers have been defeated, the moat refilled and the drawbridge raised so I can formally announce that is up and running again.

    I have redesigned it completely using a preformed skin and uploaded some photos to enhance the many and increased words.

    Let me know how your browser deals with it as it was composed on a Mac and so far only quickly tested on that and a Windows notebook.

    I found that Firefox handled the layout better than IE8 but then again if you are using IE8 then you deserve no better!

    If you visit via [Apple link no longer available] then you should get the full experience including ability to post comments on my blog, although why I'm telling you lot that I've no idea.

    Any feedback will be most welcome.

    Keep FaceBooking, Vince

    Posted on my MySpace site

    Just a quickie to let you all know that the vinceunlimited website is back up and running. Get your browser to show you and you'll see what I mean. Revamped, new content, pictorially enhanced and continuing its theme of idling away the time for any reader. Makes you wanna go all [smiley]


    You will have to wait until the end of the year to see what I twittered, unless you go to Still you have all year now to read the site.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.179 23 Aug 2018
    First Published: Blog within Version 3.0 on 1 Apr 2010

    December 2009

    Primary Tweets: My Twitter Story of 2009 - Introduction

    On 14 January 2009 I signed up for a Twitter account. I wanted to see how this new Social Media system worked. Plus, as with all new SM concepts that I discover my first action is to protect my vinceunlimited brand, which is why I often have more SM sites than actual friends on them. And so began a journey in 140 character bursts.

    At the time Twitter, in the UK at least, was seen as something done by geeks. I knew of the service from the many Tech podcasts that I subscribed to through iTunes. I did not know of anyone personally who used it or had tried it. I was a trail-blazing geek amongst my peers. In truth, the 18,997,357th of them.

    Given the nature of the service most entries posted are transient items of the moment, seen only by the limited numbers of people who are actually following at the time. The Twitter following model allows people to selectively read the musings of chosen others. This is important as there would be no way to track the ramblings of all the millions of users. It is also not necessarily common for new followers to read the history of previous entries. I certainly haven’t got the time to do this for those that I follow.

    However, I believe that many of my posts are worth recording for prosperity. I know that this bold statement could be read negatively, that I am so vain anything I write must be as wonderful as fluffy chicks. However, I think there is genuine real interest in these postings, if nothing else possibly as a record of SM at the time. I certainly believe this or I wouldn’t take the effort to copy it all out. Plus, the entries I have selected suit the standard of the rest of the site, some being mini ideas or opinions or amusing jokes and puns.

    This is my Twitter story of 2009.

    Of course, the full course of entries both past and live can be followed at

    My first ever Tweet - Posted 14 January 09 at 09:47 was...

    I've given in to the pressure of all my technopeers and have finally created a Twitter account then posted my very first 140 character Tweet

    You may like to note that I spent quite some time crafting this mini-masterpiece and it used all 140 available characters.

    It continues... If you want to read the full article click on the blue button:

    Finally, for those without the time on their hands to read the whole story and just like the best of the best I have curated this list of my top ten best Tweets of 2009. Based on my personal choice, not based on views, likes, comments or retweets. They are in no significant order other than date of posting.

    Generally I'm a fan of predictive text. However, sometimes my worms come out all fanny and change the moaning completely
    Damn. Just broke my Crystal Ball. It fell off the table. I didn't see that coming
    I said "Whats that?" She said "Its an age spot." I said "Just the one?" It's suddenly more frosty this morning
    The instructions read 'Store in a cool place'. Which explains why I was trying to get into Samuel Jackson's movie trailor
    Decided to form a band. Our unique theme will be that we'll perform in cake shops. I guarantee that in five years we'll be huge
    My brother told me he is using chip fat to power his old diesel car. Reckons he gets 73 miles per potato
    Male Polar Bear asks his girlfriend to wear heavy make up just for a change. She replies 'I'm not pandering to you.'
    They asked whether the apartment I rent out came with Sky. I said yes. Big blue thing just above the roof
    ...Sado-masochists Beat Themselves Into Second Place In Online Poll
    I tried to get though the Tile Discount Store door but they had reduced it by 50%

    Have I picked the ten best? If you want to know the full story of my Tweets in 2009 just hit that blue button above.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.161 27 Jun 2018
    Tweets First Published: Twitter during 2009
    Full Article Written Dec 2009 and Published: Version 2.04 in Dec 2009
    Extract created: Version m5.161 27 Jun 2018

    The Fun Of All Smears

    Well I've had no response to my 14 Sep 2009 [MySpace] entry so I figure I'm all alone out here in MSLand.

    Not that this will discourage me from posting a warning to anyone inquisitive enough to check out my website.

    Unfortunately, due to some scandalous spanners Google has slapped a Fear All Ye Who Enter Here sign on the door.

    I'll get it fixed by the end of the year and simultaneously launch the exciting v3.

    I would venture to suggest you may not be able to wait but as no one is there I guess you can!

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.158 23 Jul 2018
    First Published: MySpace 9 Dec 2009

    September 2009

    Four Play

    I thought I'd do something on [MySpace] as I am quite impressed by the new MySpace iPhone application.

    A phenomenal improvement on the previous unintelligible tat that I've been suffering for the last four months.

    Other than the fact the sign in page still resolutely refuses to remember me I will give it four out of four.

    All I need now is for a few of my friends to rekindle their interest and I might start using the service as much as FaceBook.

    Which is about every four months as well.

    If anyone notices the fact that I have made this entry please let me know. I might even be encouraged to post again.

    Bye four now.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.153 16 Jul 2018
    First Published: MySpace 14 Sep 2009

    March 2009

    The @vinceunlimited Twitternovel Story

    Exploring limitations of a new Social Medium

    A radical new concept devised by Vince, published in during March 2009.

    I started using the short format, public posting service Twitter in January 2009. During my initial explorations of the service I noticed that no one I knew was using the service to publish a story. I presumed established authors considered the format lightweight, limiting or offered no opportunity for monetisation. These were no barriers to me so I commenced a Twitternovel in March 2009 which ran alongside my other Tweets at that time.

    I called the story one25 which was the amount of characters I had to use each time allowing for a hash tag search identifier [#one25], chapter number, message and continuation mark to fill the entire 140 character limitation set by the service.

    I also planned to do exactly 125 entries over 125 days but this would be only realised by the reader at the end. I only had a vague idea of the story, preferring to make it up as I went along, although I did plan some internal Twitter references. The introduction was posted at 8:46 p.m. on 1 March 2009...

    #one25 A new way to enjoy Twitter. A Novel in 140 character Tweets by @vinceunlimited. For comments or discussion please use #one25note

    And the story began...

    #one25 001 Normally waking up in a giant cage in a laboratory would be a concern but after what Jo had just been through it was a relief tbc

    #one25 002 Jo looked around. It was dark but the shadow ahead looked suspiciously like a huge rat. And what were those things? Whiskers? tbc

    #one25 003 Jo twitched & the whiskers moved. She was a rat. But having four foot whiskers had to wait. The other rat was heading her way tbc

    #one25 004 A huge rat with piercing eyes running at Jo wasn't actually the most frightening thing. What was that shadow chasing the rat? tbc

    #one25 005 The rat coming at Jo was scooped up by a mighty hand then whisked away. Was Jo next? She noticed the cage door was left open tbc

    #one25 006 Jo scurried to the door. She looked around the room. Two men were preparing the inject the other rat. Was this now Jo's fate? tbc

    #one25 007 Jo looked down. The drop looked 50' but someone had left a towel on the floor. She took her chance and launched into the air. tbc

    #one25 008 As Jo fell she worried about the landing and experienced flashing red lights with a piercing scream. Then she hit the ground tbc

    #one25 009 She crashed heavily into the towel. Jo rolled back upright and saw one of the men leaving the lab. The door was closing shut tbc

    #one25 010 Jo raced across the room. She thought she just got through the closing gap but the door slammed shut, on the end of her tail. tbc

    #one25 011 The door closing on Jo was excruciatingly painful. But she could see someone coming. Would she have to gnaw off her own tail? tbc

    #one25 012 Without choice, Jo braced herself and bit hard into her tail, her sharp teeth cutting clean through. Then she heard a scream. tbc

    #one25 013 The shrieking woman would draw attention. Jo had to act fast. People are scared of rats so Jo ran at her and leapt in the air tbc

    #one25 014 Jo flew headlong at the giant girl. The girl turned & batted Jo to the side, tumbling her against the wall, knocking her out. tbc

    #one25 015 Thankfully Jo recovered senses quickly. She saw an outside door & ran for it. Her momentum took her straight into a busy road tbc

    #one25 016 In the road Jo was confronted by a speeding truck nearly 200' high coming straight towards her. She braced herself for impact tbc

    #one25 017 The lorry driver saw Jo the rat in the road and steered towards her. Thankfully Jo fell in a pothole so survived the impact. tbc

    #one25 018 Jo scurried to the pavement and ran into an alley, wondering how rats survived. Then came face to face with a twenty foot cat tbc

    #one25 019 The cat leapt onto Jo grabbing her by it’s giant jaw. As teeth dug into Jo’s neck she experienced more red lights and screams tbc

    #one25 020 The many red lights & piercing screams subsided as Jo realised there was no more danger. But she did have a rat in her mouth tbc

    #one25 021 Jo's jaw dropped open with surprise & the rat fell to the ground. As it ran off Jo noticed it had the end of the tail missing tbc

    #one25 022 Jo looked down and saw she had cats legs & paws. First a rat, now a cat. What was going on? And what was that growling sound? tbc

    #one25 023 Jo turned to see a huge dog nearly three times her size, barking furiously. As she backed away she noticed it was salivating. tbc

    #one25 024 The rabid dog made a scary lunge. The flashing red lights & screams returned. After subsiding Jo was looking at a scared cat. tbc

    #one25 025 Strange. Whenever Jo got scared she experienced flashing red lights & screams, then transferred bodies. Could she force this? tbc

    #one25 026 Experimenting, Jo cornered the cat, growling gently. As predicted it lashed out across Jo's nose, causing lights and screams tbc

    #one25 027 Immediately Jo was again looking at the dog. Still rabid, but this time with a bleeding nose. Jo figured it was time to exit. tbc

    #one25 028 Jo slipped by the dog, bounding out the alley, feeling lithe as the cat she was. She had to find a place to sort herself out tbc

    #one25 029 Jo crept along the pavement avoiding the people. It was then she realised she wasn't in a giant world. She was just cat sized tbc

    #one25 030 Jo climbed onto a pile of boxes to get a view. She looked around. Where was she? A big city. American. How did she get there? tbc

    #one25 031 She could still read the shop names but she failed to read the warning sign on the door behind the boxes. And it opened up. tbc

    I temporarily suspended the service at the beginning of April 2009. I wondered whether the story was being followed as enthusiastically as I was posting it. I also became aware of difficulties in posting updates amongst my other entries and wondered how it may be seen. Were my new followers confused about the strange Tweets? Were my oldest followers tolerating a story they had no intention of following? I waited for a comment or three on the suspension and received nothing.

    Probably due to the normal low interaction level by Twitterers, as it is a fundamentally passive experience, coupled with my low following numbers and the fact that for all they knew the story was finished I now have an abandoned, unfinished project.

    I may re-ignite the interest again. Maybe on the second anniversary. Maybe when I have thousands of followers. Maybe under a separate Twitter account. Maybe never.

    I am sure the concept is sound. In fact on 3 March 2009 a Radio 4 presenter commented that she suspected someone had devised the format. I immediately posted the following...

    R4 presenter then added that she suspected someone, somewhere was probably writing a Twitternovel. Yes that would be me - next one25 follow

    If you want this resurrected, let me know.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.174 16 Aug 2018
    The Twitternovel was first published in during Mar 2009
    This narrative first published in this website Version 3.0 Mar 2010

    March 2008

    My Space Blog

    Hi, thought I'd try a blog on MySpace to try to re-kindle some enthusiasm for my entry.

    So far have been a member for a few weeks but only have one friend - Tom. Not that Tom is a great friend. He is some sort of automated start-up tart who befriends everyone just so they don't look like Billy no-mates.

    Being a Billy no-mates has seemingly attracted a few stunning females who claim to want to be my mate, but as they reside in Wisconsin, USA and claim they hail from Salisbury in the UK their cover as porn links are blown so get sent to the great junk dump in the sky.

    Seriously, if you are a fit female and genuinely want to chew the cud at least make out you have read my site. Or mention the word Hippopotamus. At least that way I know you're not just after my credit details.

    Not that you have to be fit or female to get a response. I'll reply to anyone. Except Tom.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.149 10 Jul 2018
    First Published: MySpace 1 Mar 2008

    June 2006

    Speak To The Nation

    A voice for all seasons

    Each decade seems to have its own individuality. Examples like the 1950s Rockers, the 1980's excess, even the 1890's engineering.

    However the 2000's are too young and incomplete to judge but early indications are that the time we are living now may well be remembered as the time of celebrity.

    In fact, a particular brand of publicly available, disposable celebrity that every young person seems to think is their inalienable right.

    And I think maybe a little known Dutch company is to blame.

    Endemol Productions devised Big Brother almost a decade ago but now its tentacles spread far and wide. The phenomenon continues unabated and promises the dream of 'being somebody' to everyday nobodies.

    The never ending contestants' limitless desire to achieve a career [read richies] out of merely being known is almost eqaully matched by our own natural voyerism into these real-life soap operas.

    So endemic is the problem that natural talent is being side-lined for manufactured pop-culture.

    A good example of this is the huge list of singing competitions. In the past to be a songbird usually meant teaming up with a writer and creating something, not rearranging someone else's work.

    And as a writer this gnarls at my groin.

    It's time to fight back and I'll do it in my old traditional way - by joining them!

    Although scathing about the concept of fame TV I actually have a desire to be part of it.

    I too am seduced by the promise of eeking out an easy living and would relish the lightweight, unearned adoration that entails the lifestyle. Cheap, but desireable nonetheless.

    But Reality TV producer's don't come knocking at the door, at least not mine, so I need to get positive and the way I propose is to propose a way.

    My idea is to set up a few video booths around the country and invite anybody who cares to leave any message they want.

    They would be stationed in public squares, parks and stations and be the twenty-first century version of speaking at Hyde Park corner.

    The messages will be recorded and sifted by a team of editors to extract the interesting from the banal, with the best featuring on a weekly programme.

    Some may choose to record daily dairies, others may vent their spleen, but most will just be childish giggling and vociferous slang.

    Not to worry, talent and interest will shine through and there will be gold amongst the dross.

    I know you are now thinking that this has been done before. After all, even the failed contestants of some singing shows get their chance to prove in a video booth why they were not selected the first time round. So why would this format be successful?

    The answer is money.

    The twist would be that it would cost a nominal amount to record the message. The booths would operate only on the basis of fiscal intercourse.

    In the same way that TV companies love programmes that force viewers to pay by voting on a telephony device, producers would love a TV system that pays for itself to be made.

    All I need now is a TV Production Company and I'll be able to share the decade with the Dutch.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.133 13 Jun 2018
    First Published: Ideas section within Version 2.03 in Jun 2006
    'Big Brother' is a fly on the wall style documentary TV programme whereby miked up participants, chosen by their personalities and looks are grouped to live close to each other in a house surrounded by cameras to capture their every movement and conversation. The footage is edited to entertain and as time progresses the viewers get a chance to vote out the least interesting characters thereby ending with a winner who receives a cash award
    If you are thinking this idea is just YouTube which is a widely used free service please note that I offered this idea in Jun 2006. YouTube was only founded as a web address in Feb 2005 and it took a few months to get funding and wasn't formally launched until Dec of that year. In mid 2006 it wasn't that well known, certainly not by me. In fact it wasn't until 2010 that I uploaded my first video to YouTube

    Around 2002

    Friends Reunited

    Friends Reunited was a Social Media site launched in the UK in June 2000 aiming to reunite old school friends. I joined at a fairly early stage and soon became bored with the short descriptions that people were posting. I thought that I could do better and wanted to encourage others to follow suit. My entry, unedited and copied below dates from around 2002.

    Hi everyone. Having checked out a few of the other messages and been bored by their simplicity I figured that there needs to be an antidote to all the brevity around. After all that's what this site is all about. We all love to find out who's doing what. And to whom.

    I considered making up some story of how I’m a leading figure in the financial world, or a big Hollywood player or a tramp but in the end figured reality was what we all want. So here goes. Warts and all.

    I can't remember a lot about the Infants School and noticed that no-one else could. It’s not listed. The part now known as Shirley Warren Primary used to be the Junior school when we were there. I recall many things from here and visited the place during a weekend a couple of years back. Seeing the weeds growing up through the boy's playground seemed rather sad. Is it used now, I wondered? I remember the place being quite noisy and vibrant. Usually with massive games of football using a tiny tennis ball. I was always the last to be picked, all say ahh!, sport not being my speciality.

    I preferred playing with the girls. Not considered to be the correct thing in those days. I was always ahead of my time! I particularly recall a fondness for Jean Brewer and will embarrass her now by reminding her of that. How sweet. I noticed that she’s still around. Not that her message gives much away. Like so many others. Mind you she had to share her affections from me with Miss Osman, our teacher. I can almost hear the nods of approval from the other guys on reading the name.

    I remember a few other names from my time at Shirley Warren but more are missing than are listed. I guess they never learnt to write! Some could barely communicate. It would be fun to find out what happened to everyone though. The two I would be most interested to hear about would be Kevin Jukes and Debra Wyatt. Many may not recall Kevin because he wasn’t there for long. He left to go to Leicester, I believe, after about a year in the Junior school. I can’t blame him for that. His parents moved and he was only about nine at the time. I am interested because he and I were 'best friends' for a short time. I mentioned Debra because I had a good deal of respect for her. If I were American I would have voted her as 'the kid most likely to achieve.' But I’m not. So I didn't.

    Being a bit of a school swot meant that I gained a place in King Edward VI Grammar School. Either that or the fact that my father was a labour councillor at the time and they wanted to stop the state funding of grammar schools. I wasn't the only one in my year. I recall at least three others in this category! I changed a bit and concentrated on being a layabout and drifted gradually to the back row of the class. Until my eyesight started changing and I drifted to the front again, not realising that I needed glasses.

    Not that being one of the lads made up for still being a kid at school. The best thing about the Junior school wasn't at King Edwards. Girls. And no Miss Osman either, although I vaguely recall an attractive Biology teacher. The female one you numbnut. To this day I advocate that single sex schools with too much homework should be outlawed. Freud would have a heyday with the misconceptions I grew up with at the time. Women were either my sister, my mum or Valerie Singleton. I didn’t even have a chance to meet my mates girlfriends as they were also my sister, Hi Dawn. Why didn’t they have sisters? Or mums?

    The other main trouble was location. I lived a few miles away from the school, which in turn was a few miles away from the guys I considered my friends at the time. But I had no push-bike, too little bus fare and hours of homework. So Ady and Mick, that's why I never got to join the band. And the fact I couldn’t sing or play an instrument of course.

    This new found slightly yobbo role meant not trying very hard at school so inevitably the mock exams suffered. I spent too much time dreaming about my girlfriends at the time. My first - Ruth Lugton, yes, I've still got the letters you sent, and Debbie Picano to whom I send deep apologies for Christmas, because I was an arse. So my dreams of becoming a vet had dissipated. Ady was right. I would never be a 'ten thousand a year' vet. Mind you, after six extensive weeks of knuckling down I nabbed ninety percent of my qualifications. And after all, who needs French?

    But by then the future was forever changed. I figured I never had a chance to go to university and left school at sixteen. That’s why I'm listed in 1978 as opposed to most of my school mates in 1980. Best move I ever made. Except that in 1979 they allowed girls in.

    Generally my time at King Edwards was tolerable rather than exceptional but I would be happy to join any reunion that was organised.

    Anyway time had moved on and I was forced to make a career choice which would shape the work for the rest of my life. Not easy when your first 16 year's dreams are smashed. I opted to do work involved with drawing and somehow ended up with an apprenticeship with a heating company. Three years out of the five later I resigned. You may remember the week. The government announced unemployment to be a million for the first time. Top move. But I had missed out on the gap year all my old school mates were having. And partying with my biker friends. Jeff Bull on his Yamaha Fizzy with sexy girlfriend Jackie. Dave Bareham on his Honda SS50, who was sadly killed later in his early twenties. Mark with his Strange Heath Robinson Machine. John Crook on another Honda SS50. Dave 'Spike' Reeves, strangely in his Dad’s big Vauxhall VX490. And me, on Mark’s Gilera. Brother Mark. No not a monk. My Brother. Not forgetting the girlfriends of course. Hi to Theresa, Sue, Inger, Fiona, Susan, Karen and Yvette. Busy days indeed.

    I preferred anything to work and wanted to be a writer. So I left for Hollywood. Unfortunately I got to Boyatt Wood. I had met my wife, Lynda. Well, obviously she wasn't my wife at the time, but you know what I mean. Before that we spent some good and bad times at Arthur Road, in Shirley. Outdoor fireworks indoors anyone? The place was a bit like the house in the young ones. A few guys from King Edwards were there. Keith Gunston was one. Tim was another new friend. He claimed to be prospecting for the Angels so we had a few colourful guests. Not to mention the rat. Which ate the mice. I also recall Lee, who I ask to say hello to Marion and Jackie for me, plus Heather. And burning the furniture. And servicing the bikes indoors. And the telly repossession. And the electrics, which started the fire which nearly poached Tim’s fish.

    Anyway, Lynda steered me back on the straight and narrow. Technically, I still owe her fifty quid! I started work again. Temporary work led to a builder's merchants which led back to the same heating company. Eight years seemed to pass quickly. Although we did move to our present house in Bishops Waltham. But eight years is a long time in one job, unless you are my wife when nothing short of 30 is a career. So I resigned. You may recall the week. Unemployment was announced again. Three million. Great move. Seriously. They went bust shortly afterwards. So I worked for a small time with a national services company then joined a Southampton plumbing outfit. One of the Directors invited me to start a Mechanical Services division. Things were going well at first but the other Director was scared by the changes. We parted company in 1997. They went bust in 1998.

    I moved to a company in Fareham then resigned two years later, my timing slightly amiss. They were just going bust. Pattern of the industry I’m afraid. I became self employed.

    Now I work mainly for a London based company, working all over the South, in London and wherever the work takes me. It's a good life, always moving around with no time to get bored and contemplate resigning. My earliest school reports, and most of the subsequent ones, read me well. Can do anything – if only he bothered to concentrate. 8 out of 10 must try harder.

    So what of the future? I guess when people read this there could be changes. In your own poor submissions if nothing else. Perhaps Debra will contact me then introduce me to Jean, with whom I’ll fulfil a life long ambition. Lynda will find out and kick me out. Thankfully Kevin will have contacted me and I’ll move to Leicester. Only he’ll be a drug dealer. And a woman since the change. In a landmark European Court rights case we’ll marry and have children. But it won’t work out because without Lynda I will have stopped working again. And I’ll end up on the streets. A tramp. With warts. C’est la vie.

    Author: Vince Poynter
    Version m5.288 5 Mar 2020
    First published on Friends Reunited around 2002
    Friends Reunited was a UK based Social Media site launched in June 2000 aiming to reunite old school friends. FaceBook, a similar Social Media site was launched globally in 2004 and proved very popular which squeezed the more focussed and geographically independent nature of Friends Reunited which closed in February 2016