Deleting my tweets

14th May 2020

Over the past couple of years I’ve slowly stopped using twitter. Initially I was just tweeting less, while still reading lots of it. Then as they slowly broke Tweetbot by removing APIs I slowly just stopped using the service.

I tried to start using it a bit more when the global pandemic kicked off to try and recreate the old water cooler usage that made it big years ago. But rather than making me feel more connected it just made me feel more anxious. So I stopped again, I’m still not sure if it’s the right service for me anymore.

When Phil recently mentioned about deleting tweets that triggered an itch that I’d long had. This isn’t a new thing, Mark has been deleting his tweets for years, I remember when he first started and I didn’t understand it. But now I’m not even using the service myself, I’m totally on board.

So I’ve deleted my twitter history of anything older than a month (after downloading a copy for myself first). Except for this tweet, my very first tweet, it still seems appropriate to keep around.

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2015 tl;dr

31st December 2015

Led the team getting GOV.UK ready for the 2015 general election. Got a new job working for Deliveroo. Spoke at Pivotal Lunch & Learns, Devoxx, State of the Browser and Epic Front End London. Attended TXJS, and was surprised to appear on stage, twice. Competed in 8 cycling hill climbs, up a variety of excruciating hills.

2015 was also by far the most stressful, challenging and emotionally torturous year of my life so far, both personally and professionally. It pushed me to breaking point and then kept pushing. It forced me to grow more than I could have predicted, and hopefully left me a better person at the end. At points I felt like I was just trying to survive this year, trying to get to the end still alive.

I’m so very grateful for my friends who’ve been there for me this year, who provided me the support and advice I often required. My year’s set to end better than I imagined possible just a few months ago. I’m happy to be looking forward to 2016, who knows where it’s going to take me!

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Getting Analytics data for designing

1st July 2015

Google Analytics is widely used to gather information about how users interact with websites. As a developer, designer or product owner it’s really useful to use the information it collects to inform decisions. However, I often find that the Google Analytics interface can get in the way of getting the right data out quickly.

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Improving diversity in technology

15th December 2014

A lot has been written and said about diversity within the technology sector, one thing that everyone is fairly sure of is that there is a problem. Two weeks ago I asked on twitter:

Does anyone know of any charities working on things that will help with improving diversity in tech?

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A living style guide for GOV.UK

11th December 2014

When trying to develop a site with a consistent look and feel it’s common to develop a style guide with patterns which can be reused across the site. This lets designers easily reuse standard patterns and lets developers know how to make things look.

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Coding in the open

22nd October 2014

A year an a half ago I got early access to the then unreleased Google Analytics real time API. I knew that I wanted to use it to make a visualisation to display the data it provided around our office. Something to remind people that there are real people out there interacting with the site we are building, who have real user needs they want solving.

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Responsive grid system which works in IE6

16th October 2014

We have a grid we use on GOV.UK which is based on percentage width columns (multiples of either 25% or 33% of the container width) with a 30px gutter between the grid columns. The columns on narrower devices shrink appropriately as the container gets smaller and eventually go to a single column on narrow devices.

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Cycling from Manchester to London

17th September 2014

On 7th September 2014 I cycled the 220 miles from Manchester to London to raise money for Ambitious about Autism. This was by far the longest ride I had ever embarked on, and one which was going to test me to my limits.

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Unintended consequences

16th September 2014

A couple of months ago I was called out for a word I picked to describe a situation. It was a common word in my vocabulary and I thought nothing of using it. I wasn’t called out because this word was rude but because of the unintended consequences of it’s use.

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