#Twitter increasingly replicates the feeling of a Las Vegas casino that keeps throwing shiny distractions in front of you in hopes of getting you to “engage” with it just a little bit more instead of helping you do what you’re trying to.
I went back to Tweetdeck and it was a relief because it was *simpler*.
New blog post today: Dear Twitter: Please Ditch the Clutter
Hey @Twitter, stop cluttering up my view by showing me posts I *haven’t* looked for instead of the ones I *have*.
My home timeline should be posts by people I’ve followed.
– Not posts from people *they’ve* followed
– Not posts they kinda liked but didn’t like enough to retweet
And when I look at a specific post, I should see that post and others that are *actually* related to it, like
– The rest of the author’s thread
– The rest of the discussion
– NOT tweets by someone else that some algorithm has decided is similar.
If you throw so much other stuff in front of me that I can’t use the site, you’re not going to get more engagement – you’re going to get less.
I wish I could use Tweetdeck on my phone.
IT WOULD BE SIMPLER.
Twitter increasingly replicates the feeling of a Las Vegas casino that keeps throwing shiny distractions in front of you in hopes of getting you to “engage” with it just a little bit more instead of helping you do what you’re trying to.
Which site was first to publish your likes/favorites in your followers’ timelines, #Facebook or #Twitter? Or did they both take this crazy idea from another site?
And what the heck was their stated rationale?
Searching hasn’t helped, so I turn to the #lazyweb
In response to a comment about Twitter “Likes” showing up in followers’ timelines.
@JordiGH @jskellogg Yeah, it’s sort of a semi-boost. It doesn’t appear on the main tab of your profile with your tweets & retweets, but there’s a chance it’ll show up to your followers as they view their timelines as “So-and-so liked ____” if they’re using the website or official clients.
Twitter is suited for short statements & back-and-forth conversation.
It’s terrible for anything long-form.
Threads & images filled with text remind me of the old tech support days when users would paste screen shots of errors into MS Word docs b/c that’s the app they knew.
Once you get past 2 or 3 tweets (regardless of 140 or 280), your ideas will hang together better and be better understood if you write an actual article somewhere.
Sadly, Twitter has trained people to stay in Twitter instead of going outside to read the article.
So we get screenshots of long paragraphs that are awful for accessibility.
And we get threads that people only see fragments of & take bits out of context.
And we get links to articles that people don’t read, but reply to what they *think* was in them.
This thread expanded to an article that hangs together better, but that maybe two people will read:
Figured out *exactly* what bugs me about Twitter & Facebook putting friends’ Likes in the timeline.
Broadcasting likes in the newsfeed blurs intent. A Like is a message to the orig. author. A RT/Share is a message to your friends/followers.
Expanded at K2R