Friday, October 15, 2010

Love or Hate the New Twitter: My 2 Cents

My alternate title for this post is: Why I Won't Be a Twitter Quitter.
*Insert Sheldon's (from Big Bang Theory) laugh here.*

I felt so honored last week to finally get "The New Twitter". That is, until every other friend of mine got it about five minutes later. Oh, well, if you're not first, you're last, right? =)

I really do like the new layout. It's very aesthetically pleasing. I think they've done a great job fitting more on the page in a manner that is easy to skim and catch up. I'm not jumping up and down in excitement over it, but it is nice.

Sadly, Twitter does has two major fails as far as I'm concerned.

First, new tweets. Instead of an auto update on the tweets, the bar just states "# new tweets". If you can update that, why not let me know what the tweets are? And, if we are going this route, then when I click on the bar, start where I left off and let me scroll up! For the love, I shouldn't have to scroll back down to catch up.

Second, I take issue with the direct messages, or "messages" as they are now called. Why are messages not in the same tabbed section as the timeline, mentions, retweets, etc? Also, when I have a new message, no flag or marker showing me I have one pops up. If I don't see it come through my email, I wouldn't know.

All of that to say, I won't be a twitter quitter, but I will continue to use another platform like tweetdeck (or whatever new gismo Terry puts on my laptop because "it's superior" to the last gismo he downloaded) instead of the actual Twitter page.

The End