Where’s my news item?

A few weeks ago, I left Twitter. I was a sporadic Twitterer anyway, but I did like reading the updates from everyone and keeping up with people I otherwise probably would not.

I gave it up for many reasons, but mostly because all the changes that have been made recently take away functionality for the way I use Twitter. They are obviously focusing on the general public now, and that means making Twitter mainstream, instead of leaving it how it was.

I understand the need for change, but how hard is it to leave in the option to keep using the old way. The three main things that bugged me were the change to replies (which was ages ago but I still can’t get over it), the retweet thing, and the fact that I was seeing tweets in my feed that I was not subscribed to.

That appears to have been a bug that they have yet to resolve. I wonder if they haven’t been messing about with retweets for so long that they can’t quite get the original functionality right.

Anyway, I was fed up moaning about it, and had listened to a few podcasts where they kept repeating the phrase: “If you don’t like it, don’t use it.”

I figured that it was probably better that I took this advice. I miss it, I really do, but it certainly has taken away one small irritation in my life!

5 thoughts on “Where’s my news item?

  1. Is it really that bad? I don’t like seeing people in my feed I’m not following, but I don’t seem to get that many.

    When I first signed up I quickly got board of the people with verbal diorrhea and un-followed them. I now follow a relative small group of friends and it works quite well.

    I guess running Sidepodcast you were following / had a lot of followers. I don’t think twitter is very workable then.

  2. You know what bugs me about Twitter? Tweet-casters. Often these people are celebrities, but all they tweet are links or self-promotion. They hardly ever reply to tweets, unless they (a) aid in their tweet-casting or (b) abuse those who disagree with them (often hurling abuse at the person who dared have an opinion of the tweet-caster).

    These people are worse than spam in my opinion because they make you think they are interesting and worth following, when really they are not. I have heard that one celeb gets $10,000 per tweet! I have seen their feed and all it is are thinly-veiled adverts.

    Avoid!

  3. I too have moans about the @reply and retweet things as well (see http://www.adrian.tk/2009/12/gettabettertwitter.html) but they’re pretty minor quibbles about what has become an integral part of my online presence. That said, I manage a very tight list of followers and ‘block’ anyone I’m not interested in. You can also turn off the viewing of retweets if you want, this might be new functionality since you left! However, the ones I get have led to some interesting new followers so the pros outweigh the cons, in my view.

  4. Is it really that bad?

    Possibly not. Perhaps I am over-reacting. It’s a free service and I felt like I was moaning about it so much, I’d rather just take a step away from it.

    You can also turn off the viewing of retweets if you want, this might be new functionality since you left! However, the ones I get have led to some interesting new followers so the pros outweigh the cons, in my view.

    That’s good. I saw blog post after post saying “retweets aren’t working” “retweets are back” “oh, they’ve gone again.” Eventually I stopped paying attention! 🙂

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