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Twitter [Dec. 16th, 2010|02:51 pm]
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Twitter has gone from asking me to try out the New Twitter to threatening that old Twitter is going to disappear "soon" (um...they can't give an actual date???)  and warning me that I should switch.  

All I've heard about the new Twitters is negative.   Does anyone have tips on how to make the transition as painless as possible?   Personally, I see no reason to change Twitter--it's doing what I need now, and I know how to use it in its present form, and I don't need to spend time learning how to use a hammer with a head on both ends, so to speak, which is what new! improved! software so often seems to be.  ("Look! We gave you a claw hammer on this end and a ballpeen hammer on the other and then there's this angled bit in the middle that's a tack hammer...")  

But since nonsensical, useless, unwanted change seems to be the fashion in software development (yes, I'm speaking to anyone involved in same--and keep in mind, *I* was once involved in same, so you won't get anywhere trying to guilt me as a technophobe)  I know when I'm being herded into yet another Learning Experience.   And so:  if you've been there, done that, and survived without going insane...please help me out.

What matters to me is a) keeping my "following" list intact, b) keeping an appearance I can stand (I uploaded an image to tile as background behind the text space and will want the same, or another of mine, in the new form.)   c)  as clean and uncluttered a text space as possible.   d) the same basic page layout.  


[User Picture]From: konoichi
2010-12-16 09:19 pm (UTC)
The mobile version of TweetDeck has made it so that I'm not even using the web version of Twitter these days. There's a desktop version, which may or may not be as good. It's free, and ad-free.


I don't personally have any tips on making NewTwitter work for you, since aside from its loading issues it was OK with me. Sorry! TweetDeck is slick and clean where NewTwitter is not, IMHO.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-12-16 10:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about TweetDeck...and I use Twitter only on a computer, via the Web.

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[User Picture]From: konoichi
2010-12-16 10:21 pm (UTC)
TweetDeck is one of many third-party applications that deliver Tweets and twitter functionality in a stand-alone program, (i.e. outside the web browser) either on mobile phones or computers.

I've been really impressed with their interface, especially compared to NewTwitter. It uses your twitter login to load all of your data.

You could have separate streams for people you follow and your followers, I believe.

Here ends my two cents! :)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-12-16 10:23 pm (UTC)

I think of myself as a basic-level user.
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[User Picture]From: sobrique
2010-12-17 01:08 am (UTC)
I've been using a twitter client - phone and application - so don't really notice the difference.
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[User Picture]From: see_tree_me
2010-12-17 01:10 am (UTC)
I've had no problem with it.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-12-17 01:50 am (UTC)
Though I noticed (on old Twitter) this evening a message from Twitter itself that New Twitter was unusable due to some coding error and they're repairing it.

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[User Picture]From: litch
2010-12-17 02:47 am (UTC)
nonsensical, useless, unwanted change seems to be the fashion in software development

It is the marketers/salesdroids fault. No programmer wants to open up old code that is working just fine but the people who sell, and more particularly the people who market, software that push for change. It is the meat of thier jobs and since they are associated with the cash coming in management listens to them.
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