I know, I know, that title is just agonizing. Just be glad I couldn’t think of an alliterative word for “Interface” to twuly complete the thought!
In an interesting bit of parallelism, I sent out a brief status message on the popular service Twitter commenting upon the observation I had that I feel guilty when I decide not to follow someone in Twitterland. Here’s what I saw on the Web page:
Subsequent to that, a few of my friends chimed in rather quickly with their comments:
Robin, Rob and Amy have good comments, but here’s what’s interesting: these are the only three responses I saw. Yet I had four people respond to me. To get to the fourth response, I had to click on the “Replies” tab, which then revealed the missing message:
Suddenly, Dennis shows up, but why doesn’t that response show up in my main Twitter stream? It’s a significant flaw in the design of the service and while I can mash up the streams a bit more with third-party apps, I don’t really want to run yet more software on my computer. I want a version of Twitter that makes sense in terms of what it presents to me.
I’m sure I am not alone in missing these replies from people who I don’t explicitly follow. Given that it’s all being tracked (I mean, it’s in the “Replies” tab), I just don’t understand why I can’t integrate them all together. Jack, you invented Twitter, perhaps you can explain?
Meanwhile, if you want to track my thrilling day to day activities and musings in the world of 140 characters or less, you can find me on Twitter as DaveTaylor.