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10 February 2009 @ 09:35 am
things about Twitter that tweak me  
Overall, I like Twitter. I like the brief micro-blogging format. I like the ways people are stretching the format, like Thaumatrope's fiction. But there's things I desperately want to fix.

I want it to remember me! Sometimes I log in from the home Mac, sometimes I log in from the laptop. Each time I switch, I have to log back in no matter if I previously clicked "remember me" or not. Such an annoyance.

I want to see more than 20 tweets at once. I follow maybe 60 people but some of them are pretty prolific and in 2 hours more than 100 tweets can easily come up. Please, can't I see 40 or 50 tweets at once?

I want to be able to twitter *from* my phone without twitter forwarding everyone else's tweets *to* my phone. I actually believe this is completely do-able, it's just that I haven't found the magic help page yet. If anyone wants to point me in the right direction, that would be sweet.
ecgriffith: vectorheadecgriffith on February 10th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
using the web page for twitter... that's like the reader of last resort. I prefer Twhirl, which is an Adobe Air app that should work on Windows or Mac. It just leaves a transparent window strip running all day long that fills with tweets I can scroll through as I want (or delete them all if I want)... it'll always grab the 20 most recent again after you restart the software. It also lets you post to twitpic, uses Ping.fm to post to multiple services (like Facebook and twitter at same time), and has built in URL shortners (i prefer is.gd, and it supports it). More on latest version at http://blog.seesmic.com/2009/02/new-twhirl-09-public-release-is-here.html.
jeffsoesbe: robot green glassesjeffsoesbe on February 11th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Twhirl. Adobe Air. window strip. twitpic. ping.fm. is.gd.

You have definitely out-geeked me. And I'm a big geek!

I might just have to check out twhirl and if it's not too heavy, give it a shot.


Adam Israelstonetable on February 10th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Like ecgriffith, I use an application instead of the twitter web page. I haven't tried Twhirl, but I am using Tweetdeck, which is also an Adobe Air app. The main thing I like about it is that I can sort people into groups and view their tweets separately.
jeffsoesbe: robot green glassesjeffsoesbe on February 11th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Now *that* feature (groups), I like! I wonder if I can do that with twhirl?
Bobyourbob on February 10th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Twhirl has an unfortunate limit on the number of tweets you can see - there's not "previous" beyond about fifty. After that it stacks your @. I didn't try that with TweetDeck.

I somehow signed up for phone service without turning on updating my phone, so yes, that's possible. I was afraid it wouldn't be (I pay per text) and watched carefully.

Once you have signed up for phone, on the web you get a pair of check boxes next to each person in your "following" list. That lets you select which people you do want to be following on the "device" (=phone).

Hope that helps.
jeffsoesbe: robot green glassesjeffsoesbe on February 11th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
I have unlimited texting (a necessary thing with a teenager in the house) so the extra per-SMS charge isn't an issue. But I'm not too sure I want all the tweets from everyone who tweets a lot. Following people on and off sounds very handy.

ericjamesstoneericjamesstone on February 10th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
From your phone, send the following text message to Twitter:

Twitter will stop sending updates to your device.

jeffsoesbe: robot green glassesjeffsoesbe on February 11th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
I finally found a page with that command because twitter's help page was dead. And, it turns out that when you add a mobile device you can turn updates on/off through the web interface! sweet!

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jeffsoesbe: robot green glassesjeffsoesbe on February 11th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
"nesting" - do you mean like when someone does an @reply?
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jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on February 11th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, maybe they could add a "reply" button to a twitter post which would automatically add the @(username) and nest it later. With the "reply" button they'd know which post an @-reply was in reference to...