28 Aug

NYTimes.com – Man Accused of Stalking via Twitter Claims Free Speech

They certainly rattled Alyce Zeoli, a Buddhist leader based in Maryland. Using an ever-changing series of pseudonyms, the authorities say, Mr. Cassidy published thousands of Twitter posts about Ms. Zeoli. Some were weird horror-movie descriptions of what would befall her; others were more along these lines: “Do the world a favor and go kill yourself. P.S. Have a nice day.”

Those relentless tweets landed Mr. Cassidy in jail on charges of online stalking and placed him at the center of an unusual federal case that asks the question: Is posting a public message on Twitter akin to speaking from an old-fashioned soapbox, or can it also be regarded as a means of direct personal communication, like a letter or phone call?

via NYTimes.com – Man Accused of Stalking via Twitter Claims Free Speech. It’s an interesting case because while Twitter itself is a public medium, the person is directing their messages to a particular person. The better analogy may be while in the pulpit pointing to a particular person and speaking. At that point are you still creating a public message or is it a message directed at one person?

17 Jul

guardian.co.uk – Networks are not always revolutionary

My corollary to O’Reilly’s "piracy/obscurity" quote is "fame won’t make you a success on its own, but no artist ever got rich on obscurity". That is, being widely loved isn’t sufficient for attaining fortune, but it is necessary to it.

By the same token, a global network that allows loosely coordinated groups of people to discover each other and act in concert while exposing their cause to the whole planet (especially its richest, most privileged residents) is not enough to overthrow a dictator — but I’m sure I wouldn’t want to try to stage a revolution without such a network.

via guardian.co.uk – Networks are not always revolutionary. Fair point I think, having the network or having fame isn’t enough to guarantee success but it does help.

28 Jun

Tapbots Blog – Tweetbot 1.2.1, 1.3 and the State of Push Notifications

Still not going to happen. It’s just not what Twitter is about and we don’t really want it in our app. But the beauty of the app store is if you really want it, there are 50+ Twitter clients that already have that feature. Take your pick! And no, we aren’t trying to be mean here. We are trying to build the best client experience we can for the majority of our users. We can’t and won’t even try to please everyone.

via Tapbots Blog – Tweetbot 1.2.1, 1.3 and the State of Push Notifications. Following the footsteps of the awesome team at 37Signals, have an opinion, which helps explain why Tweetbot is #winning in my opinion.

20 Mar

Marco.org – Why the Quick Bar (“dickbar”) is still so offensive

We don’t know Twitter’s true reason for adding the Quick Bar. Presumably, it’s part of a longer-term strategy. But today, from here, it looks like an extremely poorly thought-out feature, released initially with an extremely poor implementation, with seemingly no benefits to users.

This is so jarring to us because it’s so unlike the Twitter that we’ve known to date. Twitter’s product direction is usually incredibly good and well-thought-out, and their implementation is usually careful and thoughtful.

And in the context of this app, most of which was carefully and thoughtfully constructed by Loren Brichter before Twitter bought it from him, we’re accustomed to Brichter’s even higher standards, which won Tweetie an Apple Design Award in 2009. (I suspect he had little to no authority in the Quick Bar’s existence, design, or placement, and it’s probably killing him inside.)

The Quick Bar isn’t offensive because we don’t want Twitter making money with ads, or because we object to changes in the interface.

It’s offensive because it’s deeply bad, showing complete disregard for quality, product design, and user respect, and we’ve come to expect a lot more from Twitter.

via Marco.org – Why the Quick Bar (“dickbar”) is still so offensive. All true and wonderfully pointed, thanks Marco.

15 Mar

furbo.org – Twitterrific firsts

Why are third parties important in the Twitter ecosystem?

Let Twitterrific count the ways:

via furbo.org – Twitterrific firsts. Third party clients have been at the forefront of the Twitter experience for many years, that differentiation and unique spin on the Twitter stream is what drove many of Twitter’s core functionality today. Apparently though that unique experience is what Twitter is trying to eliminate or at least control more.

13 Mar

The Next Web – Twitter explains why developers shouldn’t build new clients

Ryan Sarver, a member of Twitter’s platform/api team, took a few minutes today to address concerns about the Twitter ecosystem and in particular its announcement on Friday that developers shouldn’t develop new twitter clients.

The gist of what Sarver said is this; Twitter won’t be asking anyone to shut down just as long as they stick within the required api limits. New apps can be built but it doesn’t recommend doing so as it’s ‘not good long term business’. When asked why it wasn’t good long term business, Sarver said because “that is the core area we investing in. There are much bigger, better opportunities within the ecosystem”

Sarver insists this isn’t Twitter putting the hammer down on developers but rather just “trying to be as transparent as possible and give the guidance that partners and developers have been asking for.”

via The Next Web – Twitter explains why developers shouldn’t build new clients. So basically Twitter is going to push hard into developing/perfecting official Twitter clients, so everyone else we’re coming after your business model, switch, differentiate or be dead in the water.

06 Mar

Zach Holman – I Liked It When Quick Bars Got Me Drunk

With this new update, I can finally forfeit that additional one-tenth of my screen real estate I’ve been meaning to shed. A beautiful five-tweet vertically-stacked display can miraculously, at just the click of an AppStore update button, turn into four tweets. Or three! I can also gain an ever-present UI element constantly informing me about mysterious subjects like “Friday” or “blackpeoplemovies” or “Donald Trump”. Sometimes, if I’m really lucky, it will inform me about a really neat product from a company that is so neat that the company needs to pay Twitter money to help promote it.

via Zach Holman – I Liked It When Quick Bars Got Me Drunk. Even more about the #dickbar.

06 Mar

Encoded Records – Get your own #dickbar

Inspired by the Twitter iPhone app’s brand new #dickbar, you too can monetize feature Twitter’s trending topics on your website!

Simply insert this Javascript at the end of your page, and you too can see a constant display of #inanehashtags, this week’s terrible movie release, and random jabberings of popular culture that don’t interest you or your users in the least:

via Encoded Records – Get your own #dickbar. For those not in know, the #dickbar is part of a recent update to Twitter’s iPhone app, which displays an annoying bar that lists both promoted tweets and the latest hottest hashtags. The worst part is that it sits on-top of your normal listing of tweets in the app, ie dick-ish move Twitter, very dick-ish. So want to be labeled a dick like Twitter, go right ahead.

03 Mar

CSS-Tricks – Quick Thoughts on Sharing Buttons

Randomly this week, I’ve had more-than-normal number of comments from folks who ask me something like:

Went to go tweet/share a blog post of yours, and noticed you don’t have any of those on your site. Interesting, any reason why?

I do have some thoughts on that…

via CSS-Tricks – Quick Thoughts on Sharing Buttons. I agree with his reasons.