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Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies

timothy posted about 6 months ago | from the #-your-fist-@-them-in-rage dept.

Twitter 96

Twitter has only just turned eight years old, but in that time it's become so pervasive that some of its conventions have spread beyond Twitter itself, and its character limit seems almost like a natural law. Now, Buzzfeed reports that some Twitter-isms may be about to change: based on screenshots of interfaces in alpha testing, it seems that hashtags and "at" replies may be on the chopping block, or (based on some updates made to the story) at least made less visible for some readers.

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Let the April Fools jokes begin... (1)

JMJimmy (2036122) | about 6 months ago | (#46557355)

:D

Re:Let the April Fools jokes begin... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557389)

@JMJimmy whatever do you mean? #confused #irony

Sock puppetry (1)

tepples (727027) | about 6 months ago | (#46557887)

These jokes wouldn't involve Erris, Mactrope, gnutoo, inTheLoo, westbake, Odder, Ibane, deadzero, and the rest of the sockpuppet brigade [slashdot.org] , would they?

Natural law? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557403)

Up the character limit to 160 to harmonize with SMS.

Re:Natural law? (5, Informative)

Mr. X (17716) | about 6 months ago | (#46557473)

It is harmonized with SMS already. The difference between 160 and 140 characters is to provide room for the username.

Re:Natural law? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46559429)

But it doesn't. You see, When I use SMS, I get to include the SMS number outside of the 160 limit whilst Twitter does not.

Harmonize it and stop denying it is already seesh.

Re:Natural law? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561337)

Also not all encodings will give the same limit (unicode), and CSMS (concatenated SMS) allows for messages far longer than 160 chars to be fragmented into multiple PDUs and reassembled at the SMSC.

Re:Natural law? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561745)

It is harmonized with SMS already. The difference between 160 and 140 characters is to provide room for the username.

But there is no username included in that 160 characters.

Re:Natural law? (5, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | about 6 months ago | (#46557535)

tl;dr shld b 32 chr max #attnspn

Re:Natural law? (3, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 6 months ago | (#46558279)

ur #fullofit #20ftw!

Re:Natural law? (1)

jgoemat (565882) | about 7 months ago | (#46562151)

You have 1120 bits, which is usually used for 160 7-bit characters. Some countries use 16-bit characters and get only 70. GSM handsets can be set to use 8-bit characters and are limited to 140. That's why I always thought the limit was 140.

Remove all of the site's character in a redesign (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557407)

Sure sounds like another site I heard of recently where the users got upset about people stripping away the things that made the site the site.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (3, Informative)

dmbasso (1052166) | about 6 months ago | (#46557443)

You forgot to say #FUCKBETA.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (2)

master5o1 (1068594) | about 6 months ago | (#46558871)

The hashtag was stripped to streamline the comment and hide the scaffolding.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (4, Funny)

bobstreo (1320787) | about 6 months ago | (#46557877)

Sure sounds like another site I heard of recently where the users got upset about people stripping away the things that made the site the site.

Digg?

Ancient History (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46571545)

Don't bring up ancient history, next thing you know you'll be talking about Slashdot.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46558025)

The various kinja based sites I believe.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (2, Insightful)

MrBigInThePants (624986) | about 6 months ago | (#46558747)

Except in this case twitters user interface and navigation system has always been a completely shitty experience.

Yes, popular things can have shitty interfaces and their popularity can hide that fact from the creators.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46558749)

MobyGames?

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 6 months ago | (#46558839)

Agree with MrBigInThePants. As best I can tell, Twitter's interface builders are actually some chimpanzees they borrowed from the zoo.

Like many other people, I have been using TweetDeck on the desktop for years. When it was acquired by Twitter a couple of years ago, they managed to completely mess it up.

Now, things that one used to be able to do right in a column of TweetDeck (i.e., more or less in-line), requires 4 different interfaces that pop up. Search is another (completely superfluous) interface. Direct messages no longer allow links. Seeing a larger version of someone profile picture requires you to go to their Twitter page in a web browser. Filtering a column is now a multiple-step process when it used to be just one click and type.

I could go on for ages. While the Twitter team has finally managed to restore much of the functionality of the original TweetDeck (though not all... links in DMs for just one example), what used to be a simple and elegant interface is now an outrageously wild hodgepodge of completely different interfaces that work in inconsistent ways.

TweetDeck's interface is now an usability engineer's worst nightmare. Twitter pages in the browser aren't that much better. I would be embarrassed to admit I worked for them; thank Grid I don't have to.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (2)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 6 months ago | (#46558877)

(Disclaimer: by "thank Grid I don't have to", I mean I don't work for Twitter and never have. I would not work for them, because their development environment probably resembles their interfaces: an outrageous mess.

The only reason I still use TweetDeck is because Twitter managed to kill off the competing products by limiting their API calls. That's called anti-competitive Bad Business.)

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46559193)

It's unfortunate, too. It was a short-sighted attempt at making a profit. Would've made more sense to offer developers a cut of any ads/promoted tweets they displayed in their applications.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46559017)

Again proving what a moron you are.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 6 months ago | (#46559641)

I get a real chuckle out of replies like this.

"Again proving what a moron you are."

When I see them, I have to wonder what the motivation of the writer was.

Publicly denouncing me? Not very effective; not only does it not have anything specific to say, it's a zero-point AC comment.

Just pissed off at me? Again not very effective; it's hard to tell who it is behind the AC mask. (Sometimes I can tell, but that comment left few clues.)

About the only other thing I can think of is "projection" or Dunning-Kruger. But even if it were the latter it would seem to be a rather pointless exercise.

Re:Remove all of the site's character in a redesig (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 7 months ago | (#46561755)

I get those spiky ACs every now and then and, these days just give them a belly laugh.

Twitter killing off... itself (5, Insightful)

CanEHdian (1098955) | about 6 months ago | (#46557423)

the @userid and the trick with the . in front, combined with "hashtag" DEFINES twitter. Twitter wants to kill that off? Sure. Here comes Flit-it with @userid, hashtags, and 255 character Fleets. Flit it. Fleet it like it's 2013.

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (1, Flamebait)

geek (5680) | about 6 months ago | (#46557967)

Twitter is social media for retards......

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (1, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 6 months ago | (#46558059)

You know, I used to think that. Facebook is a lot worse than Twitter when it comes to the 'tard community. Plus, you've got people with their hand out, asking to be your "friend" and I really don't like that.

Plus, Facebook is so intrusive. Twitter is more useful because you can be anonymous and just be a listener, if you prefer.

I'm not a big fan of the "social" aspect of social media. Now that there seems to be an all-out attack on RSS by publishers, Twitter is a very good way to follow news.

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 6 months ago | (#46559051)

"I'm not a big fan of the "social" aspect of social media. Now that there seems to be an all-out attack on RSS by publishers, Twitter is a very good way to follow news."

Twitter as an idea, and as a service, IS good. What is bad -- and what people are complaining about -- is the implementation of that idea. Twitter, the company, is just plain bad at it. Their software -- and perhaps more importantly, the interface to their software -- is downright terrible.

I can summarize the basic problem with Twitter (the company) in few words: they try to make their users do what they want, rather than they doing what their users want. It's a practice that has never worked in the long run.

Re: Twitter killing off... itself (5, Insightful)

AudioEfex (637163) | about 6 months ago | (#46558335)

Just like anything, it's all in how you use it.

Twitter is a great source of breaking information, in a nearly endless number of ways.

Yeah, if you use it to follow folks that use it as a "microblog" to tell you what they had for lunch, just like FB, I can see your point. But if you subscribe to the right feeds, you can get some amazing content - and opportunities. I've tweeted back and forth with several of my favorite celebrities (while it may seem silly, to this gay boy exchanging tweets with Cher at 2am one late night awhile back made my year). Another time I was traveling somewhere and because I had subbed to a few local feeds I found out about - and was selected as one of the winners of - a local contest which got me in the back door of a theme park at midnight to be in the first group to ride a brand new headliner attraction over and over all night at a private party (best damn brownie sundae I ever had at the desert bar, too, LOL).

Sure, those are not so typical (and admittedly vapid) examples, but you get the idea - the mobile friendly nature, the immediacy, and the ability to follow feeds without having to "friend" people is really great for timely information for everything from silly things like the above to people trying to stay in contact in a literal war zone.

Just like I've leveraged FB in more ways than I can ever count for opportunities or finding (or giving) help on various projects from old friends I haven't seen in person in a decade or more, and simply to keep in touch with folks I'd never see again otherwise (I love that when I travel I can just go to FB, see who I know there, and can connect with folks in practically any city I visit, either socially or just for advice), Twitter is really great if you learn how to use it well. I come from a small town, and one of the things you learn growing up in one is who to go for and why - if I needed my car fixed, or help locating a research article, or who to ask about the best new restaurants in the area - it's really sweet when you can be a part of a local network like that because it makes life so much easier - and more enjoyable. That's what Twitter - and FB - do, they just expand them on a global scale.

It's all in learning how to make it work to the best advantage - if all you do is follow asshats who make a tweet every time they take a shit, sure, it's garbage - but there is so much more there for the taking, and sharing, if you go at it from a different mindset.

Re: Twitter killing off... itself (1)

reikae (80981) | about 6 months ago | (#46558521)

It's hard and really annoying to read conversations on Twitter. And the character limit means that people have to break their messages into several tweets, which again makes following the conversation harder.

Re: Twitter killing off... itself (5, Funny)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | about 6 months ago | (#46559969)

A bold statement.

Re: Twitter killing off... itself (1)

mister_playboy (1474163) | about 7 months ago | (#46560251)

Woah there... your hearing aid battery must be going out.

You are the exception (1)

John Bailey (2819253) | about 7 months ago | (#46569049)

While you are one of the rare twitter enthusiasts that can actually give examples of how twitter has been useful (most say it is useful, but can never think of an example), I think you are leaving out the endless hours you spent sorting through all the garbage to find something worth talking about. . What the creators of Twitter are trying to resolve is a problem that is inherent to the service, it is a huge time investment for very little return. The issue isn't learning how to use the service; the twitter clients already hide this from the user. The effort required to sift through all the garbage, misinformation and useless rhetoric does not pay off in the end for the majority of users.

Also, I have yet to see anything on Twitter that cannot be obtained from other sources. As a matter of fact, the move away from IRC to Twitter to cover live events has resulted in an extremely poor experience and reduced functionality.

The IPO is the worst thing that could have happened to Twitter. Now they have to find a way to monetize the service to keep their shareholders happy, and like those who invested in Facebook, Twitter's shareholders are in for a huge disappointment.

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46559021)

How the fuck is that flamebait? It's true

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560495)

You're reading the wrong tweets then. It is incredibly useful if you're following the right tags.

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about 7 months ago | (#46562159)

Twitter is social media for retards......

yes its lucky that slashdot is retard free .......

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 6 months ago | (#46558349)

i dont know about everyone else, but I welcome the end of the hashtag. I cant stand reading news on other pages and people use twitspeak. There is no need for it, it makes it difficult to try and read. I think twitspeak is borderline the most annoying speech out there today

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about 7 months ago | (#46562989)

How much do you want to bet that the twits will just keep on hash tagging everything?

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46566781)

This! I hate the hashtags at the end that always come across as "passive-aggressive hipster trying to be clever".

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46558377)

Look into IRC some day and you will see "twitter" implemented right (and they did use those @ and # chars long before twitter perverted their usage ;-)

Re:Twitter killing off... itself (1)

jddj (1085169) | about 6 months ago | (#46558707)

I _wish_ this would work, but App.net tried so very hard, and put together a nice service - everything you could want, and it's made very little headway.

The real issue is this: Twitter has your friends. You can walk away from a service, but switching services means you're walking away from your friends, and most won't do that.

Twitter is sucking more and more, and will probably lose me at some point. But realistically, not yet.

We can change this! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557425)

#savethehashtag

Re:We can change this! (4, Funny)

master5o1 (1068594) | about 6 months ago | (#46558883)

#downwithhashtags

Re:We can change this! (1)

DrGamez (1134281) | about 7 months ago | (#46566307)

What network are these channels on, I'd like to support the cause!

Only thing I hate about Twitter (5, Insightful)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 6 months ago | (#46557449)

There's no way to disable Twitter pictures in your feed, searches or @history.

The most common use of a Twitpic is to post a meme. And if that isn't bad enough, the second most common use of Twitpic is to post a shock picture. It is unacceptable that we can't have them disabled in the options.

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (3, Informative)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 6 months ago | (#46557513)

Greasemonkey [mozilla.org] to the rescue!

http://userscripts.org/scripts... [userscripts.org]

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (1)

allo (1728082) | about 6 months ago | (#46557905)

or adblock them. you can get an expression, which blocks the images, only on collapsed tweets

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (5, Insightful)

wiredlogic (135348) | about 6 months ago | (#46557523)

Hashtag and At are just a condensed form of markup. They are useful for entry of tweets but completely unnecessary for displaying them.

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (5, Insightful)

Rob Riggs (6418) | about 6 months ago | (#46557569)

Hashtag and At are just a condensed form of markup. They are useful for entry of tweets but completely unnecessary for displaying them.

Except they make it readily apparent how to compose a tweet -- even for new users. #dying

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (2)

broken_chaos (1188549) | about 6 months ago | (#46557875)

It could be nice for them to not count against the character limit. Especially as Twitter starts to wear on in age and all the shorter usernames disappear.

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46560577)

I Second this. #makehashtagsnotcount

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561253)

#then #every #tweeet #will #be #made #of #hashtag #to #post #thoughtless #crap #as #long #as #one #wish

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557571)

No, quite the opposite. They are essential if you want to see to whom a tweet is addressed or see what it is tagged as if you want to tag your own tweets. If you remove the symbol, you must somehow show that it is a username or a tag or otherwise it will be impossible to distinguish tagged from non-tagged text.

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557933)

Composing and displaying messages in different ways is needlessly confusing. And do you have any idea how often some people change their icon/display name? It'd be impossible to tell who you're talking to. The fact that searches heavily favor display over @-names is bad enough.

Humans need metadata too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46558927)

So how am I going to find out the hashtag for a topic if they aren't displayed? This is beyond stupid.

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557533)

There's no way to disable Twitter pictures in your feed, searches or @history.

The most common use of a Twitpic is to post a meme. And if that isn't bad enough, the second most common use of Twitpic is to post a shock picture.

When you use Twitter you get what you deserve.

#FUCKTWITTER

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557565)

Maybe you're just following the wrong people?

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (1)

cfalcon (779563) | about 6 months ago | (#46557631)

Agh, my kingdom for a mod point. This is a very very good point that gets almost no play.

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561807)

... It is unacceptable that we can't have them disabled in the options.

Umm .. how much are you paying Twitter for their service ? .... nothing ? ... then you'll take what they give you and like it (or find some other service).

Same with Facebook ... I hear people complain that FB tends to re-set permissions, or introduce new permissions with the default setting being 'full sharing'.
I ask them the same question - how much are you paying Facebook for their service - by which I'm really asking whether they have any right to complain ... all I get is things like this: "It is unacceptable for them to do this" ... and nobody notices the cognitive dissonance - if you aren't paying, you have no say in the tune that is playing.

Re:Only thing I hate about Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46563251)

Then don't follow @goatse then.

In other news (3, Funny)

mysidia (191772) | about 6 months ago | (#46557463)

Slashdot might be removing comments. Or at least replacing threaded discussions with flat 255-character one-liner responses, with no HTML markup features.

still around? (-1, Troll)

iggymanz (596061) | about 6 months ago | (#46557495)

people still use that twitter shit?, it's just twits tweeting to twats

Re:still around? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557537)

Twitter is an excellent news aggregator. Maybe you are too busy making clever little "jokes" to notice.

Re:still around? (0)

iggymanz (596061) | about 6 months ago | (#46557647)

no, real news aggregators exist and are superior, twitter ones are far too disorganized

Re:still around? (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 6 months ago | (#46558267)

no, real news aggregators exist and are superio

News aggregators have become much less useful thanks to the all-out war on RSS that we're seeing from publishers and news sources.

Re: still around? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561849)

What war on RSS is that?

Re:still around? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46558043)

Penny Arcade Twitter comic: https://lh6.googleusercontent.... [googleusercontent.com]

Re:still around? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46559695)

Why is twitter blocked in India?

Re:still around? (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 7 months ago | (#46566597)

aw, some twitter twat moderators got butthurt

they think facebook and twitter are news sources, ha

Re:still around? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46569109)

Millions of people use twitter and Facebook to keep up with the news, as well as their friends and families lives. Meanwhile, you're a grown man replying to himself on a message board and using phrases like "butthurt". You sure showed them!

The alternative headline (4, Insightful)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 6 months ago | (#46557551)

Twitter turns 8; seeks free advertising

Re:The alternative headline (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46557579)

Slashdot is gullible trash since Dice bought it, gives twitter free advertising.

Re:The alternative headline (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46558057)

Twitter needs to be advertised?

Profit? (3, Interesting)

phallstrom (69697) | about 6 months ago | (#46557607)

1. Build Twitter with features people love.
2. Remove said features infuriating the masses.
3. Re-introduce said features as a premium feature.
4. Profit?

Nothing else seems to be working for them...

Re:Profit? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 7 months ago | (#46560745)

2. Remove said features infuriating the masses.

I still believe that the old Twitter way of showing your replies to other people in your feed by default was much, much more organic and useful and at the time most people seemed to agree. The .@ thing is a hack to get around that stupid change.

But ... I was complaining about this when Twitter ran on Fail Whale, errr, I mean Ruby and now it's tremendously successful so at least some of their success is not dependent on what they users say they want.

Were we wrong? Would they have been even more successful if they'd had listened to the users? Who knows.

Buzzfeed? (5, Informative)

rebelwarlock (1319465) | about 6 months ago | (#46557691)

I almost clicked on the link, but then I saw it was buzzfeed. You can safely assume the whole "story" is clickbait nonsense.

Re:Buzzfeed? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46559473)

Buzzfeed is in my hosts file, so I don't need to worry about clicking on anything!

Sounds like a marketing gimmick (2)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about 6 months ago | (#46557787)

Remove two essential elements of how people use their product, wait for the uproar, then return them back to much fanfare.

Re:Sounds like a marketing gimmick (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 6 months ago | (#46557963)

Like New Coke and Slash Beta.

Fuck them and the horses they rode in on.

D.U.M.B. (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 6 months ago | (#46558033)

How could they eliminate hashtags, other than not allowing non alphanumeric characters? What's going to stop someone from putting a "#" in front of a word or phrase?

They'd have to make their search engine ignore the hash mark, which is just dumb.

Didn't the "hashtag" made them what they are? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 6 months ago | (#46558913)

I dont use twitter so i could be wrong, but if you remove one of their key foundations, what is left?

I'm a twitter Luddite. (3, Interesting)

labnet (457441) | about 6 months ago | (#46558955)

I still don't get twitter.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/... [zerohedge.com]
Now get off my lawn.

mo3 0p (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46559133)

Lite is strai8in!g Discussion I'm

Yeah, right.... (0)

Lisias (447563) | about 6 months ago | (#46559135)

Why not just shutdown the site? I would hurt less, and the results will be exactly the same.

First World Problems: (1)

Zanadou (1043400) | about 6 months ago | (#46559511)

MH370 is still missing; events eerily similar to the lead-up of a World War are occurring in Crimea; conflict and strife still continues in Syria -- but I'm sure this will be the top front page news today. #handzovmahtwitter

Re:First World Problems: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46559887)

MH370 is still missing; events eerily similar to the lead-up of a World War are occurring in Crimea; conflict and strife still continues in Syria -- but I'm sure this will be the top front page news today. #handzovmahtwitter

Um all those problems you listed are 1st world problems except for Syria. When we're talking about the 3rd world problems we're not usually talking about people who paid on a multi-million dollar aircraft (9 figures) that went missing. Accidents with aircrafts happen. It's also pretty difficult to have a prelude to a world war without arms, and they cost money. Also it's not a lead up to a world war unless one actually happens any more than the Cuban missle crisis lead to a world war. Near misses don't count. There are many much more intense and long standing problems in the world - both first and third. Some people don't like to spend all their time thinking and talking about them. It's hard to do any good if you walk around depressed.

Re:First World Problems: (1)

u38cg (607297) | about 7 months ago | (#46562129)

It is annoying that Twitter gets the prominence it does, but it is a medium especially well suited to journalists and media types.

ok...so what now? (1)

CTU (1844100) | about 6 months ago | (#46559809)

When I first heard about this I wondered how or what they replace them with, but really don't care much ether way.

Windows 8 app (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 7 months ago | (#46561791)

The Modern UI app snap feature is really nice for snapping the Twitter client to the side of your desktop.

Love it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46561993)

I love it when big companies gets really really arrogant and makes everything possible to insult their userbase by doing everything in their power to destroy their attachment to product.

I hope it doesn't end up like the stupid Facebook (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about 7 months ago | (#46562085)

I hope it doesn't end up like the stupid Facebook autocomplete, where typing "the danger of misleading completions" has you undoing:

The Daniel Waternam
The danger of Missie Marks
The the danger of misleading Commie Pinko

Usenet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46562225)

People were using "@replies" at least as early as the 90s, though nobody called it that. They can have (and keep) hashtags, but they aren't in any way responsible for the pervasive nature of the "@" symbol -- its very name lends it to natural use.

Obvs (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 7 months ago | (#46562433)

#NewCoke

Growth problem is not syntantic (1)

segfault_0 (181690) | about 7 months ago | (#46563155)

I actually got banned for a day for "over-replying", not to one person mind you, but just in general. Replying to peoples tweets is apparently disruptive, funny as I thought it was the point and that I was participating.

It's a social networking site that doesn't encourage social behavior, unless it pleases, and puffs-up the poster.

The site is ridiculous as anything but a corporate announcement site -- and this is why it's going to ultimately fail. My guess is that it will be dominated by "news" and product marketing more and more each year until it's irrelevant.

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