Category: Twitter

Can I trust Ev William’s new idea for a Twitter metric after the last month?

When I read about Ev Williams talking about changing Twitter’s primary stat from ‘Followers’ to ‘Retweets’ or something more nebulous like ‘how many people saw your Tweet’, my issue is that the trust I had in Twitter’s management team to get it right for the community has been seriously damaged over issues like the degraded API and mobile clients. I’m no longer thinking ‘that sounds like a good idea’, I’m thinking ‘how will this screw up my Twitter experience?’

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What if NBC could delay Twitter as well as their Olympic pictures?

Building on the backlash against American broadcaster NBC, showing the Olympic on tape delay while throwing out spoilers on Twitter, their websites, and their own news programs, is @NBCdelayed, a parody Twitter account wondering how NBC would manage Twitter if they could delay that as well for the US audience. BREAKING: Dewey defeats Truman in landslide. @NBCdelayed BREAKING: Tommie Smith and John Carlos create controvery during medals ceremony, wear black gloves and raise fists. More to come. @NBCdelayed There’s two, expect a lot more through the two weeks!

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The loss of Android’s “open” definition is more likely a server issue than an evil plan

I’m not going to jump to the conclusion that Andy Rubin deliberately deleted his famous “the definition of open” tweet. For someone who pays very little attention to his Twitter account, I’m more inclined to think the Twitter server farm is up to its usual tricks, rather than some evil plans, but it might be smart for Rubin to tweet it again: the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make” …assuming that this still holds true, of course.

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Twitter’s sensitive flag is a #fail in the real world

Twtter is going to let you mark up so others can see a sensitive content flag beside tweets. Really? Err… what counts as sensitive? Nick Ut’s picture of Phan Kim Phuc from Vietnam? William Shatner singing “Common People”? Today’s Page 3 girl from The Sun? A Youtube clip of 21st century Tom and Jerry where they’re best of friends and talking to each other? Paradise Towers? How about a link to some confidential documents about Twitter itself? What about promoted tweets? Take a more historical example, the Jyllands-Posten Mohammad cartoon. That’s very sensitive to some people, hilarious to others, and fair comment in other spheres. So who decides? How is

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Twitter missed the open goal of geo-location

…an analysis of Twitter’s lost geo-potential wouldn’t be complete without mentioning how Foursquare has completely stolen the bouncy red ball out of Twitter’s geo-square. The 10,000+ developers using the Foursquare API have obviously decided that when it comes to location, it’s better to integrate the much smaller user base of Foursquare.

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