“Burdened by the oppressive need to start a reply with a period (‘.@soandso That looks awesome!’) to ensure it’s not seen by only mutual followers of the person I’m replying to #firstworldproblems” – Mike Keliher
“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
“The single most valuable resource I have is uninterrupted thought.”
“I’m going to say “no” a hell of a lot more in my life than I ever have, in order that I can put more energy into an increasingly curated set.
That is much harder for me than quitting Twitter for a month—or even quitting Twitter entirely.” – Adam Brault
The Return of RSS
“people == distraction”
“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
“Either what I create is remarkable or what I create is unread.”
Gizmodo Encourages Unfriendship
“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
Tying Their Own News
Consistent for Whom?
“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.