I miss the old twitter.

By | 22/08/2008

Over a year ago I started using twitter and it had great promise. The public timeline was so slow that I would refresh it and there would be no new comment for minutes at a time. The service would auto refresh from the website and the community was small. The @ feature didn’t exist and no one I knew was using it.

Over a period of weeks and months more and more people started to use it and following was all web based without any api. Eventually people would begin using the @ symbol to direct comments to specific people and with the increase in traffic so the auto refresh broke, and was later removed.

Later still Api support was finally offered. We would get thousands of SMS a month and the term twitter bukake was coined. It was used to describe the act of suddenly getting twenty to a hundred SMS at a time as you emerged from the tube. After a while in Europe this was limited to 250 tweets a week.

Then it died. No more tweets would get to our phones and twitter would no longer have the appeal that it had at first.

It went from being one of the most interesting and innovative and interesting ways to communicate between people in various countries to something that everyone would imitate and equal.

That’s why I’m so disappointed that there are no SMS, that’s why I think that the twitter managment have really missed a great opportunity. I’m glossing over the months of failwhales and server crashes.

I miss the old twitter.

2 thoughts on “I miss the old twitter.

  1. Sean Carmody

    I agree wholeheartedly. The killer feature for me that twitter had over pownce, jaiku, kwippy, identi.ca, etc, etc, etc was the sms. Now that’s gone, I’ll be easy pickings for the first service that fills the void!

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  2. richard Post author

    Of course you had to know about the @ feature. It took some time for me to understand it though.

    As to the influx of people it simply meant that I moved from the public timeline to the private one, where you see those you follow rather than the hundreds of thousands of other users.

    I like that there are so many people and that’s the reason I haven’t moved to another service. The sense of community here is strong and I’ve met many of the London tweeters in person, at least for London.

    With facebook it was about people you knew from the physical world. With twitter it was about meeting people online, getting to know them over a period of weeks and finally meeting them in person.

    Part of this process was made easier by getting the sms to the phone rather than being online all the time.

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