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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Because New Twitter Is a Pain In The Tweet

  Normally I'm making you aware of super-important global causes and corrupt politicians, or at least giving you a history of the toilet, but today it's a little wee touch different. This post is about Twitter, the microblogging service that most of you know and love.

  Some of you may have noticed that your Twitter is looking a little weird now. It's because the New Twitter, which made it's beta debut 11 months ago, has been foisted upon all tweeters. And a ton of you plumb hate it, which is why you opted out of New Twitter when you had a choice, choosing to stay with the tried-and-true original that had been around since early 2006. It's less busy and you need fewer clicks to do the same thing.

  Until August 3rd, you were winning, and now that you're forced to deal with an interface not of your choosing, many of you have messaged me or bitched on Twitter about your New Twitter rage. Complaints have ranged from not being able to get online from dialup (yes, some people still use this) to forgetting about DMs, not to mention the weird way messages are dealt with. Twitter features an older demographic than most social networks and has a huge international reach. As such, Twitter should give their unique audience a choice as to which interface they'd wish to use. It's not Facebook, and twitterati wouldn't wish their fave service become so.

   So, here's the deal: Because I had noticed the plethora of folks upset about involuntary conversion to New Twitter, I decided to try and do something about it. I know it's a first-world problem, but I decided to petition Twitter to bring back the opt-out, allowing my dad and you to figure out what the hell is going on in the Twitterverse.

  If you're one of the many who hate New Twitter, or at least believe users should have a choice, wander over HERE to let them know how you feel.


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