Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Give Up!

Last night I received the following message from Jon Virtes Flipboard Community Manager regarding the problem I've had using a search for #genealogy as one of the sections on the brilliant iPad App. Flipboard. See "Here Be Dragons" and Jon's response below. I think Jon is as frustrated as I am.

Sorry Jon, but it is worse this morning and I have removed those searches. Yes, I can use a trusted list of genealogists on Twitter as a Content Section in Flipboard, which I've had from the beginning, but I was using the broader (no pun intended) search to find those jewels that might not be written by the usual suspects.

I have done a great deal of research as to where the problem actually originates. It originates with Twitter. Flipboard uses Twitter feeds to populate content. The difference is that you have to select a link to make the vulgar photographs visible in Twitter, they are immediately visible in Flipboard. This is where it becomes a Flipboard problem.

And just in case you think I may be overreacting to these photographs, trust me I'm not. Some of the worst I've ever seen. Not to mention the fact that I am furious I have to wade through them to enjoy genealogy.

So, I'm going to continue to "block and report as spam" those #RottenEggs in my #CrackedEggCampaign on Twitter and hope that Flipboard finds a solution. I ask you to do the same. Some amazing content can be found on Flipboard, so I'm not giving up on Flipboard. I'm hoping for a solution.

FlipboardCM said...

Thanks for the kind words, I'm happy to help. Sorry you had to see the inappropriate content. The way Flipboard expands all links and images is a great thing, until confronted with something like this.

I did escalate this issue to the team. We have an ongoing topic about "Not Safe For Work" content and we are working on improving this aspect of the service. With our next update, we will be adding the ability to report inappropriate images, which will flag it for removal from our servers, and it will also immediately remove the image from your feed. This is coming very soon.

In the meantime, you can also Hide posts from certain users. Just tap on the post (I know, not ideal, but you can turn your iPad so you don't have to look directly at the images) and tap on the name / avatar of the user and select Hide. You won't see any more posts from this account. This may help you enjoy your #genealogy feed in the short term.

Thank you again for bringing this to our attention, and for helping police this feed on Twitter. Report it all as spam, like you've been doing. It will help Twitter, which also helps us. :)

Feel free to stay in touch.

~ Jon Virtes
Flipboard Community Manager

2 Comments:

Blogger Leslie Ann said...

My problem is with Tweetdeck. I have a column set up for #genealogy for the same reason - "to find those jewels that might not be written by the usual suspects."

Some of the links take you straight to a porn site - what an eye full! Then are some that act like they are going to a total off topic blog, then they skip to a different site which is - you guessed it - porn!

So I'm with you sister! "Block and report as spam" those #RottenEggs in your #CrackedEggCampaign on Twitter!

June 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

This may just be my experience, but I have found that the more spammers I block on Twitter, the more spam I get.

I stopped blocking awhile back and I seldom get any spammy followers now.

June 30, 2011 at 6:12 PM  

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