The a**h*liness of companies

When I look at some ongoing events in tech, I see companies having the same characters as in real-life. To me, this is very revealing – and you should understand this as well…

Disclaimer: I know a lot of people within at least one of the organizations I am referring to in this posting. I expressively don’t accuse them or say anything about their integrity, I totally accept their choice of employer, I actually respect the companies I am referring to – and I am not too sure, if I would behave in a different way when being in the same situation.

Example 1: Trump vs. TikTok

Trump hates TikTok. Trump wants TikTok to either disappear or become a controllable entity. So he issues an order and suggests its parent company ByteDance should sell it off. To Microsoft. And they happily see a chance there, they don’t think of any consequences or implications – they just see the chance to take over a successful platform for a bargain. The same is true for Twitter.

If it would be humans, I would know how to call them: Opportunistic. And if it would be humans, I would be ashamed to be associated with them.

Example 2: Epic vs. Apple and Google

Epic hates paying AppStore-fees to Apple and Google. So they circumvent them, get thrown out of the stores due to breaking of rules. Then they sue Apple and Google with pre-prepared paperwork and present themselves as the ones fighting for freedom and independence. Truth is: It’s only about earning more money, not contributing back and not following the rules.

During congressional hearings, other companies behave the same way (i.e. Microsoft…). They deliberately ignore the fact that Apple and Google created their ecosystems and own them. They perhaps even try to make us forget about their own failures.

If it would be humans, I would know how to call them: Egoistic a**h*les. And if it would be humans, I would be ashamed to be associated with them.

The question is: Are we doing any better?

Well, frankly: I doubt it. We’re talking about business and companies, not humans. If organiuations want to grow, they usually need to do that by fighting against other organization, by being opportunistic and by eliminating their competition.

The point I am trying to make is this: Companies tend to care only about themselves, regardless of which image they might give themselves. You don’t become huge without becoming an a**h*le. Period.

So keep that in mind when doing your next purchasing decision or when fanboying a company.

To them, the only thing that matters is business and profit, not being a remarkebly “nice” organization. Because “nice” turns into “niche” quite simply – and “niche” implies failure. At least to them.

Just wanted you to understand this.

PS: Thanks to Michael for pointing out that TikTok belongs to ByteDance and not Tencent. 🙂

Over and out for Twitter

I have to admit: I was a Twitter-fanatic back then. I used it for 10 years now, but for the past couple of years, Twitter got more and more irrelevant to me personally, so I mainly utilized it for sharing business-announcements and the likes.

Twitter Logo taken from Wikipedia

That could have continued for the next ten years, but there is a different aspect in Twitter disturbing me: The discussion culture, or better: The lack of any discussion culture.

Discussions vs. Shouting

I was raised with a culture of asking and discussing. That was something, I liked in the Newsgroups in the 90s and in many, many forums. It was a matter of respect, allowing others to make their point and to hear their arguments – and discussing them, attacking the arguments (not the person) and always knowing there’s a person on the other end. That gave things a personal aspect, there was room for irony, jokes and even friendships growing from there.

I learned a lot from this. It widened my horizon. It allowed me to grow.

With Twitter, this is different.

Twitter is not a place for discussion or for learning from other people’s arguments. Twitter is for shouting out, for sharing something without caring about any others, since there is no such things as threads, moderation and a common sense, as you have (or had) with other platforms. It is about being the loudest, mobilizing people, shortening things to just headlines. It is about black and white – and nothing in-between. There is no room for personal aspects, for irony or jokes, since pretty much everything is dragged out onto the public. There is no humanity anymore, there are Twitter-bots and a loud, cheering crowd.

That changed discussion culture in our society: We have a US-president, who’s making politics by using Twitter. We have shitstorms. We have right-winged parties just pushing and hating – and communities, that behave the same.

Perhaps I’m too old for that

I don’t want to be part of that game anymore.

Perhaps I’m too old, perhaps I’m too conservative, perhaps I’m too naive – but I usually expect people to get in touch instead of just starting shitstorms, I expect people to express their questions, criticism and concerns towards me before mobilizing masses. And I don’t see that happening anymore with Twitter. Because it is so easy to just attack instead of asking or instead of discussing (and accepting other points of view). Black-White is always easier than Colors and Shades.

That is not the way I want to be involved in discussions. That is not the way I want to operate. That is not what defines me. That is not what reflects me, my ideas, my wishes and expectations.

Bye, bye

Therefore: Farewell, Twitter. We’re going different paths, I do not want to be part of the shouting crowd anymore. There are more important things in life than Twitter and a culture of obsession and being loud. I doubt reaching the right people here with the right messages. My company will perhaps remain with Twitter, but I’ll quit that chapter for me.


Feels good to me.

Kauflust (V): iPhone Xs Max

I regularly change my telephones, usually around September, latest in October, I switch to an iPhone, since the new models for the upcoming season are presented in that time frame. But this time, things are a little different. And this has little to do with size and features and much with one other aspect many people tend to ignore.

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Liebe Clara (*), …

(This is the German version of my Dear Clara (*), …-article I posted some minutes ago)

Ich bin nicht der Techniker-zu-Deiner-Verfügung

…ich bin nicht der Techniker-zu-Deiner-Verfügung, als den Du mich eventuell ansiehst, weil ich unter Umständen einige Informationen teile, vielleicht Dinge weiß, die Dich interessieren oder wir uns gegebenenfalls mal in der Vergangenheit getroffen haben, ein paar Worte miteinander wechselten oder uns gar beim Turniertanzen gemessen haben.

Wenn Du mich also im sozialen Netzwerk Deiner Wahl etwas fragst, dann gibt es kein Universum, in dem Du von mir erwarten kannst, dass ich Dir innerhalb von Minuten, Stunden oder sogar Tagen antworte. Du wirst Deine Antwort bekommen, jedoch nur zu einem Zeitpunkt, an dem es mir auch passt.

Nebenbei (auch wenn es sich vielleicht anders anfühlt): Ich bin nicht sonderlich aktiv in sozialen Netzwerken unterwegs, ich schaue da vielleicht jeden zweiten Tag hinein, habe keinen FB-Messenger installiert, ja ich benutze noch nicht mal die Standard-Apps für das jeweilige Netzwerk auf meinen mobilen Geräten und habe sämtliche Benachrichtigungen dieser Netzwerke abgeschaltet.

Deshalb tue mir bitte einen Gefallen: Erspare mir, von Dir im sozialen Netzwerk Deiner Wahl gestresst zu werden, und das noch nicht mal 48 Stunden nach Deiner Anfrage. Es wird nicht dazu führen, dass ich schneller oder qualitativ hochwertiger antworte, aber es wird definitiv dazu führen, dass Du dir von mir eine Breitseite und eine geharnischter Antwort einfängst. Und wenn Du Pech hast, dann blogge ich sogar darüber und wenn Du ganz viel Pech hast, rutscht mir sogar Dein echter Name raus, Clara. Deshalb: Frage und frage auch nach – Du sollst Deine Antwort auch haben. Erwarte sie aber nicht in Echtzeit oder zeitnah, deshalb frage lieber zeitiger. Erspare mir Deinen Frust und Deinen Stress, sonst bekommst Du das genau so zurück.

Danke Dir, Clara!

Beste Grüße,


(*) Name aus nachvollziehbaren Gründen geändert

Dear Clara (*), …

I am not a Technician-at-your-Disposal

(Deutsche Version dieses Beitrags)

…I am not a Technician-at-your-Disposal, even though I am perhaps sharing quite a lot of information, perhaps may have quite a lot of knowledge in regards to things you are interested in and we perhaps met at some time in the past, had a conversation or two or even battled with each other in a ballroom competition.

So, whenever you ask me something in some social network, there is no world in which you would have the right to expect an answer from me within minutes or even days. I WILL answer your question, but at a point of time, when it fits into my life as well.

Additionally, although it might look differently, I am not following social networks very closely. I am looking into them not more often than every second day, I have no FB-messenger or similar software installed, I actually refuse to use the default applications for such networks and I have turned off any notifications from those networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).

Therefore, kindly hesitate to stress me in your social network of choice not even 48 hours after your inquiry. It won’t improve my reaction time, it won’t give you a better answer, but it will guarantee you my frustration and a harsh response. So, do me a favor, Clara: Ask me, but ask me in time. Expect an answer and perhaps remind me of that answer (you deserve it), but don’t bug me or lay your stress and frustration on me, since I will answer you in exactly the same way then.

Thank you, Clara!

Truly yours,


(*) Name changed for some obvious reason

My. Content. Again.

I had a blog for several years, but for some reason I actually don’t remember anymore, I dumped it at the end of 2015 – I guess, because it was way more convenient to simply spit out something on the social network of your choice. And because it was way cheaper.

But, it turned out: This was not a good idea.

Why? Because you get literally lost in the curated news feeds. You only get fast reactions instead of conversations. There is no sustainability in publishing everything at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram. You won’t be found, you won’t be recognized. It simply is not worth it, at least not when you are not publishing the content on your own platform and only use these networks as multiplier.

So, I restarted my blog last year (at least sort of) and hosted it over at – which again turned out to be one of my lesser favorable ideas, since that service is reliable, but basically offers no integration and no real comfort to the average blogger. Therefore I did not really blog, I built blog pages – it took hours to finish something.

So, back to basics.

I’m back with a WordPress blog, actually hosted at They charge me 300,– bucks a year, so I better try something to make use of this amount of money I just spent.

Therefore, I decided to take back my data and my content into my own hands. I will (again) post everything here first, and then (perhaps) in some social network. This applies to everything, including texts, as well as links, images and opinions.

Why? Because now it is my content again. Not the content of some network which uses it to make some money. Not the content of some aggregators and some marketing agencies. I can start conversations, share it to my liking and do not need to care about their rules and regulations.

My. Content. Again. 


And it feels good!

Try something

My girlfriend asked me this afternoon, how to log out of the official Twitter App for Android. Turned out, it was very well hidden, since they – of course – don’t want you to ever log out of it.

This made me think of the way I personally use these apps (Twitter, LinkedIn, XING, Facebook) and why I always should remain logged in there and if it wouldn’t make sense to actually uninstall them and use a browser instead.

Well, I did so. I installed Firefox Focus (Firefox Klar as it is called here in the DACH-Region), navigated to these sites, added Homescreen Shortcuts and uninstalled or at least cleared the memory of the social media apps.

Frankly, it is a little bit more work to log in into the mobile websites all the time (which one could circumvent using something like LastPass) and the Firefox Focus Icons look very dull, but it feels right since every time I close the website, all cookies get erased. This prevents my privacy outside these networks and helps keeping my mobile devices fast.

Feels good so far, let’s see, how long I will remain committed to this experiment.