Yesterday, I received an e-mail from eBay – which doesn’t happen often, because to be honest I forgot I’ve got an eBay account. These things just happen to me, okay?

Anyway, eBay informed me that someone had tried to commit fraud with my account and urged me to change my password. So I complied. By doing so, I learned two things.

eBay’s password policy is pretty neat

eBay allows a password to be between 6 and 64 characters. Of course the 6 character thing isn’t as neat, but… still, neat. On top of that, they force you to go all the way with your password by forcing you to use Uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols in your passwords. That’s cool

Lastpass can complete BOTH password fields

While I changed my eBay password, I noticed something less cool. I couldn’t copy and paste the passwords I had generated in Lastpass. D’oh!

That’s when I learned something. When you generate a password and then choose to use it, Lastpass will add the password to both fields, making the copy / pasting business a thing of the pass. So now I’ve got a neat, 64 symbol password for my eBay account. Which I never use. But still, it’s better to be super safe than sorry.

More than five years ago, when I created my Twitter account, I had no idea what to use it for. I had zero followers and only followed the suggested accounts – back when you didn’t navigate through seven pages of them.

But soon after, I discovered the uses of Twitter. As a tool to promote my own content. To build a following of people interested in reading more about me. A communication tool. It helped me make some online friends that helped me in my career, and it became the “go-to” tool to communicate with my bro(ther) @kenobixios because “We’re always online, anyway”.

Now, five years later, more than a thousand people have decided to “follow me”, and haven’t gotten bored of me yet. That’s flattering, of course. Being thanked for what you tweet or write is awesome.

But I’d like to thank you, my followers. For the motivation to write new blog posts. For the encouragement to reach out to people, and the boldness to share my opinion even when it wasn’t popular (in a #jpositive land, the #jcynical man isn’t very popular).

Thank you for clicking that follow button. It confirms my belief that Twitter is a communication tool people should embrace, not fear.

Here’s to the next follower.