Blog ≫ 2009 ≫ Lot of fuss on twitter today

#keeprepliesbroken

Twitter blog has an announcement regarding a change to the way @replies are handled on Twitter. A good change in my opinion, but there's a whole lot of fuss, see all the #fixreplies posts...

We've updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter regarding replies. Based on usage patterns and feedback, we've learned most people want to see when someone they follow replies to another person they followit's a good way to stay in the loop. However, receiving one-sided fragments via replies sent to folks you don't follow in your timeline is undesirable. Today's update removes this undesirable and confusing option.

My own emboldening there. Most people are using the @replies in a way I guess they should be using the direct messaging. Just this week I had started following an old popex friend @the_no_show, some funny and interesting stuff sure to be posted there, and there is, but I had to unsubscribe again because there were just too many messages that were clearly direct replies to people that made no sense and were of no interest out of context (let's put aside for the moment that everything I have to say is likely to fit into these same criteria for ignoration). It's like twitter knew that I was annoyed, and changed the rules just for me. Stop fussing people, it makes more sense this way. Besides, there is a way round it:

Spotting new folks in tweets is an interesting way to check out new profiles and find new people to follow. Despite this update, you'll still see mentions or references linking to people you don't follow. For example, you'll continue to see, "Ev meeting with @biz about work stuff" even if you don't follow @biz. We'll be introducing better ways to discover and follow interesting accounts as we release more features in this space.

So, so long as you don't start your bleating with an @ sign then everyone who follows you will have to read what you have to say, even if it's just "huh @pauly I agree!". Best of both worlds, surely.

Been away from the computer for a couple of days with a bad back, did something at the weekend and no idea what. A whole bundle of muscle pain on one side of my back stopped me getting up, so not just been off work, been away from the computer for more than 48 hours! Can't remember the last time this happened. Feeling better for moving about than laying down, so going into work today. Better late than never, having lunch and then Clare is driving me in and collecting me, bless.

No new baby news to report, no twinges or anything. Over half of our NCT class have now dropped, all but one of them in order of their due dates too, so hopefully we'll be bang on time Sunday week...

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Wed May 13 2009

Paul Clarke's blog - I live in Hythe. Wed to Clare + father to two, I'm a full-stack web engineer, and I do mostly js / Node, some ruby, python, php ect ect. I like pubbing, running, eating, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, Television, squirrels, pirates, lego, + TIME TRAVEL.