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Twitter: Taking the Discovery out of Social Discovery

Ok, I've taken the title of this blog from someone else's post but I agree with the sentiments it puts out.

Recently Twitter have made a "Small Settings Change" to the way twitter works.
This "Small Settings Change" mentioned on the twitter blog isn't optional, its been forced down your throat and you have to swallow the fundemental changes they have made to the way twitter functions by removing the partial discussions aka replies between people, you can still see mentions IE @usernames in the middle of text, but following random people your friends know through reading conversations and thus extending the social web seems to be a thing of the past.

While I may not know the technical reasons for the changes its already started a huge wave to move across the twitterverse, various Retweets (RTs) and hashtags (#fixreplies) are already in circulation to make the point of how they disagree with the new changes to the way twitter functions.

@Scotthepburn put it best methinks - "OMG! I'm in a Bar and can only hear conversations between people i know! Its so quiet! This place is lame...I'm leaving."

This fundementally prevents people taking part in conversations that spark their interest between their friends and "new" friends they could find through further conversations. Maybe its just me but I don't like what they are doing

 

Anywhoo, I've got an exam tomorrow to finish preparing for, catch you all later

[ Entry posted at: Wed May 13 08:11:05 2009 | 55 comment(s)... | Cat: Geeky ]

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When did twitter's users become self entitled pricks like facebook's ones? Ever since the (justified) uproar over Facebook's dodgy terms of service, lusers of social networking services seem to throw their toys out of the pram at the slightest thing!

It's a shame that energy couldn't be put into better and more relevant causes.

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Personally I just want the choice.

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