5 Days before my 8th Twttr birthday they announced that they were rebranding Favourite to Like, apparently it’s part of “the company’s latest effort to simplify the user experience as it looks to attract new users”, which translates into what?
We want to be like Facebook so people can sign up and find out it’s nothing like Facebook.
At least the introduction of the Twitter Poll avoids the stupid “If you agree like, if you disagree retweet” Facebook style polls.
Maybe the star is confusing or misleading, perhaps some people were making a wish when they clicked it.
Anyway someone should tell Google that Chrome is the odd one out now.
The sad part is that I would often use the favourite feature to mark tweets I wanted to reply or discuss later, often it was to remind me to visit a link that had been posted to a blog or game. Almost in the same vein as bookmarking the Tweet.
That said in the early days I used to go through them on a weekend and clear the favourites off the tweets. Maybe not so easy now as I tend to Favourite more frequently.
Maybe Like doesn’t convey the usage just the fact I’ve seen it or maybe it will evolve to become the same thing as Favourite did.
However the strange thing about Twitter Likes versus Facebook Likes, is that Twitter makes it a big visible part of your profile, “Come and look at all the things this person favourited but now they are listed as likes and have a different meaning”.
Maybe that part of my frustration is that they altered the meaning, now it implies that I like and support everything, rather than just favouriting it for later.
I suppose I can just look back and find interesting items completely out of context like this.
I recently discovered that one of my favourite useful websites has risen from the grave. I originally stumbled onto Unladen Follow while looking for the exact thing it was offering. In a nutshell it analyses your Twitter feed and applies a weighting factor to each account you follow based on the recent activity including Quantity, Mentions, Hashtags and others.
Each person you follow is rated in highly scientific Weekly Tweet Load Units (TLU). Your total TLUs are an indicator of how much noise you consume on Twitter every week, based on links, replies, hashtags, talking about Twitter itself, and simple tweet volume.
The website originally stopped working I think it was when Twitter changed their API and up until a few months ago it was still not working for me.
Of course things aren’t as bad now but in years past I would find that following high noise people which ultimately meant Twitter became unusable due to the volume of Tweets. Naturally celebrities are frequently in the top of the list, normally surrounded by news sites.
As you can see from my list below certain accounts stand out more than others and if you want to remove them then you can head over to twitter and do just that, it’s not something the application does.
I used to try and keep lists of certain groups but gave up on that very quickly.
If you feel that deleting is a little harsh or maybe someone is just getting excited about a sporting event, you can always use the mute feature on Twitter that keeps you following someone and but without them showing in your feed.
Well I’m happy to announce that my podcast hunt last night resulted 3 less bored than normal hours of travel today. VirginWorlds current houses a large number of Podcast on all manner of MMOs, it is in fact the host of the limited edition podcast i mentioned yesterday.
Well I grabbed a cast of VirginWorlds MMORPG News the flagship podcast of the network and hosted by Brent who also runs the whole website. What I liked about this cast is it delivers MMO news directly into my ears and giving my current lack of time it’s good to get a review of items I may have missed.
To still keep my finger on the pulse of plugged into the internet via Twitter, if you are active on there then give me a shout and follow me if you like, but don’t expect too much.
In an effort you remain active onlne I'd like to update this blog more, yet time is a rare commodity for me. I'm left wondering if I should focus on micro-blogging during the week and at least get one post out over the weekend.
For those of you that haven't used/seen anything related to micro-blogging it's effectively a method for postting updates ( limited to 140 characters ), you could liken it to Facebooks status feature.
If I decide to try this out fulltime rather than with infrequent updates I need to decide which of the two services that I've been using gets the full attention.
Twitter Vs Jaiku I think the big thing to take into consideration is that microblogging so high in demand these services are frequently struck by outages of one kind or another. Infact Twitter got so bad eariler this year it felt like it couldn't recover the popularity afterwards.
There are good features on both but as this maybe subtituting for full blogging I feel that Jaiku (now owned by Google) maybe the way to go as I can link in other updates from all the areas of the internet that I'm active in
Once my Twitter feed is linked into Jaiku I think i'll use twiter for updates (far more support around for my phone etc) but link Jaiku as the place to catch up on goings on.