“Writers should be thinking of big ideas, but Twitter sucks you into small, petty battles. It can distract you from the important to the urgent. Like a game of whack-a-mole, you can end up chasing the things that irritate you — hoping to correct every misconception or lie. This is no way to be productive. It’s no way to live.” – Mark K. Lewis
That is much harder for me than quitting Twitter for a month—or even quitting Twitter entirely.” – Adam Brault
“I recently deleted Facebook, Twitter, RSS, and Flipboard from my phone, and have been very happy with the result. Today, I am deactivating my Facebook and Twitter accounts. This is not a decision motivated by Lent, and I have no idea at this moment when or if I will reactivate them.” – J Ben Deaton
“When in doubt…Err on the antisocial side. If you’re not sure whether to keep someone in your fake digital social life or not, remind yourself that it’s a fake digital social life and trim the fat. The people who actually matter will never be on the chopping block to begin with. Chop chop. Chop.” – Sam Biddle
“A lot of Twitter’s success is attributable to a diverse ecosystem of more than 750,000 registered apps. We will continue to support this innovation. We are excited to be working with our developer community to create a consistent and innovative experience for the many millions of users who have come to depend on Twitter every day.” – Ryan Sarver
I do know that if Twitter pushed consistency from day one – it would have never reached 750,000 registered apps. And it would have never attracted the developer ecosystem it attracted.
I would have found it far more compelling if they embraced diversity, utility, and the developer ecosystem. Instead, they’re fighting to shake off the barnacles.