If you’re on Twitter (these days who isn’t?) you would have had to be blind to not notice the uproar over some changes to @replies. I caught a bit of it Tuesday evening when a few friend posted links mentioning changes, but I didn’t stop to learn about what exactly was happening. By the time I went to turn off my Twitter nightlight all holly hashtag hell had broken lose and practically every Tweet was chanting #fixreplies.
Lucky me to have, what I consider, a very “in the know” and “on the pulse” friend list. I rely on my Tweeps to provide insight on what is happening in the world, social media and the internets in general. Since returning to a Corporate world of employment I’ve lost a lot of my networking & social time.
I’m still not entirely sure what the scope of the changes were that caused the revolt, but I get amusement out of watching my Tweeps rant & rave whenever the service changes or performs badly. Inevitably everyone feels the need to migrate to some other service, whether it be in search of a Twitter replacement or just to stick it to Twitter for jacking with us.
Over the course of the years I have followed suit with the migrations, acquiring new accounts on various Twitter like services. First it was Pounce, followed closely by Jaiku – both moves from what I can recall were based on massive Twitter service interruptions… and this was long before the days of that fancy lil Fail Whale. Then there was a bit of time where Twitter was kind of working, but many of us held on and adapted twitku – a Twitter/Jaiku hybrid.
It seemed like every few months we were jumping ship and running to some shiny new service to keep up with each other, I can’t even remember all the accounts I have out there!, but we always returned to Twitter (well most of us). There’s no denying that Twitter was the 1st of it’s kind and despite the bumps and grinds of becoming who they are today, they are the best at what they do.
So you can imagine when I saw what was happening Tues night my 1st thought was – Where are we going now? Seems like FriendFeed is the choice this time around, and has been quite a few times in the past. What cracks me up is if you look closely you will see that the majority of users are primarily aggregating their Twitters over! I’m getting a kick out of this… enough to inspire me to babble on about it here 🙂
So go on Twittervers! Hashtag it up & Stick it to the Bird!! He always welcomes his Tweeties back with open wings.
Ah, and I am happy to see @Biz’s recent post on the new plan of action on the way @replies are handled – Very much looking forward to kickin those tires. Hope they consider rolling it out to their beta group before public release solely for the fact that I’m in 😉
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