Shared publicly  - 
The new Twitter: disappointing for me, although I understand it

I wanted to wait a few days before I gave you my opinion on the new Twitter as detailed on the Twitter blog: Why? Because investor +Chris Sacca thinks I am not fair to the company and thinks I'm an idiot anyway (he said as much a few months ago on his Twitter stream at!/sacca -- I'd take you back to those tweets but Twitter's search engine still doesn't work for old stuff). Fair enough, I've been pretty harsh to Twitter lately because, well, they just haven't done much despite having 700 employees. So, I suppose this is an improvement.

I talked with quite a few Twitter employees in the past week and I've been watching all the blogs pour in (Techmeme had a bucket full, many positive, but most negative). I understand why they are doing it. They are trying to make it easier for new users to get around inside the product. Dan Frommer did a good job of nailing the positive:

It's clear they explicitly aren't working for advanced users (I.E. those who have been on the service for more than a year). Heck, if I had 100 million people making 250 million tweets per day (amazing stat!) I probably would do the same thing. Remember, the tweet volume has doubled in less than a year. That means that a CRAPLOAD of new users have shown up in the past year (my dad is one of them, he still has no clue what Twitter is for, it'll be interesting to watch him discover this new design at Christmas and see if he's changed any of his opinions).

Because it wasn't designed for long-time users, I find it just leaves me wanting. They broke lots of things I've been used to, like I call them "replies" not "Connect." (the URL I used to use to look at my replies broke). OK, get used to a new URL, no biggie.

They did something similar to permalinks. Now I have to look for a word titled "details" to get the permalink. It used to be on the time stamp (which is where permalinks have been since the beginning of blogging).

I can't find my search box anymore, oh, there it is, they just don't call it search and moved it and made it smaller. Lots of other things have been moved. They also shove "who to follow" in my face, and the suggestions are laughable. Not to mention I'm already following 33,000 people on the service. At some point maybe they should say "hey, you are following enough, could we remove this feature from the UI for you to make it cleaner?" Nah.

Lists are still broken. I still can't follow more than 500 on any of them. I can't make more than 20. They still don't do anything to my home feed if I follow other people's lists. I still can't remove people from my lists.

So, this update clearly isn't for me, or anyone like me. I still can't see threaded conversations. I still don't have noise controls (hey, at least +Eric Schmidt promised those to me last week on Google+). I still don't have a Mac app that works properly on my vertical monitor (they know about it, it's just "low on prioritization to fix.")

There's more, too. The mobile app moved everything around, but the iPad app hasn't gotten updated yet. Neither has the Mac app. So, now I have to learn a bunch of different UIs.

Why companies move the chairs around on the deck of the ship? I don't know. But they have 700 employees now and I suppose they need to do something to satisfy those pesky investors "hey, boss, look, we moved everything around and we STILL got more users coming in every day" (Twitter's usage has about doubled in just the past year, which justifies all sins -- I will remember that, because someday I'll be justifying my own sins to a boss. Hi +Tiffaney Fox Quintana ! :-) ).

Anyway, you all have fun with your Twitter. Me, I'll keep sitting here in the corner sulking. At least it'll give us something to talk about on +Steve Gillmor's Gang tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Pacific (although I'll be very brief because I'll be headed on a plane to Texas).

And, yes, I have been watching reactions, and they have been quite split, which makes sense, given the design goals of this new Twitter.

Wake me up when they do something cool for advanced users, though.

Of course they don't have the problems of Facebook (who made their UI more complex lately with a ton of new visionary, and freaky to many users, features). They also don't have the problem of Google+ of slow-flow feeds. Twitter SCREAMS down my screen compared to Google+.

So, perhaps Sacca is right. I'm an idiot, to be kept quiet in the closet while he gets richer and while Twitter takes off and becomes a real business that grows and grows and grows.

I'm willing to take on that role. That said, don't expect me to be a happy user. Which explains why I keep coming back to Google+.
Welcome home. Home is where you view Tweets from the people you have chosen to follow. It's your personal collection of Tweets, featuring the latest news, commentary and information from the sourc...
cindy adrienne quashie's profile photoKevin Burke's profile photoSamuel A. Villegas A.'s profile photoTango Jordan's profile photo
G Ragib
These services are abandoning geeks to attract the rest of the population.
G Ragib
+Robert Scoble I hope Android doesn't go that way. There's iOS and WP7 for those people.
+Robert Scoble I like twitter better now. I think it makes it easier to find interesting people. So i'll buy the new design:)
Same here +Robert Scoble I even stopped using the Android version as they messed it up completely. The joy of using twitter either in my browser or on my phone is completely gone. Only time I still use twitter is when I open HootSuite.

Nice going twitter, pushing your users to use 3rd party apps!
+Robert Scoble Hoho:) Ok, I understand that. But i am a bit of a newbie at Twitter, so for me it seems better. But there is not a secret that i use more and more time in Google+, and less on twitter.
The dilemma is that they need new users to attract money, and core users to keep the service going. EIther they have money and no product or a product and no money. :)
700 employees for TWITTER? WTF?? Why the hell do they need that many?
I like the #NewTwitter design, on the web and the mobile version. The main problem now is #NewTweetDeck which they seem to have made a predominantly Twitter desktop client, I get the feeling that TweetDeck installations will fall dramatically.
I'm pretty much with you on this one. It's been a mixed bag too. For example, the Android app has had a whole load of improvements that make it better in terms of what you can do (for example, it finally handles twitter URLs from other apps so, for example, clicking on a profile link in an email in the gmail app takes you to that profile in the twitter app -- something Twidroyd has been doing since time started) and, yet, they've made it harder to get at other stuff (DMs moved down a level or two) and they've made the UI so it wastes a bunch of space.

Same with Tweetdeck for Chrome. Lots of things are better, but they've stuffed up the UI.
Very good post and speaking the truth for all of us that have been twitting for a long time! However we can't really blame them to make the interface more user friendly to the rest of the population. Facebook did pretty much the same thing, after F8.

Having an opinion doesn't make you an idiot by the way :)
i Cjay
Twitter is based on an alphanumeric pager service from the 90's. There was even a hardware gadget just for twitter at one time.

Peek Mobile E-mail Device (Aqua) by Peek Permalink:

Now can I say Twitter SUCKS! +Robert Scoble ?
I like the new design, but I don't know why they abandon the list item? It was for me also a crucial symbol of relevance (for adding somebody new) ... [I know the list feature still exists but it's not visible for the first sight and loses its importance]
the more complicated it gets, the worse it gets.
Sounds like a good smart update for Twitter. +Robert Scoble you're the 1% on Twitter - and the developer's have already given you enough focus. Time for the "middle" and "lower" classes to get some developer love. The 1% care about having more than 20 lists each with 500 people in them. The 99% don't care less. Complaining about wanting more advanced features is 1%. Just wanting to post is 99%.
I see no evidence that the new twitter will become more attractive to the mainstream.
+Robert Scoble another annoying change in the latest mouture: the icon on the right of the search box was representing your avatar, allowing you to quickly know with what account you're currently logged; that was especially useful when you are managing several Twitter accounts like me:@ReutersTech @gevrey-- now you need to click on it to know "who you are"
I'm one of those still not using Twitter. If anything "important" comes through, my daughter tells me! ;)
Took me a while to discover how to remove people from lists - I had to choose add them and it would bring up the option to add or remove. They've made it much harder to administer lists in the big picture sense too so my lists are now almost static. And in the last couple of days they've reworded the 'add to list' drop down option to 'add or remove'.

I guess new users are unlikely to criticise the changes since they don't really know what's what yet.
i agree, the design of it leaves a lot to be desired. With new applications like path and stamped, it leaves me to think that the design team is a little archaic
i Cjay
Dont forget that out of that 60%, 45% is automated crap.
+Christian Jay Marshall that is what I still love about G+. There is no way of automating your messages which keeps it more or less pure. Still loads of crap on G+ but it at least is put there by a person manually ;)
I haven't had the chance to use it yet, but nothing that I have read convinces me that these changes are anything but purely cosmetic. Still it will the social media trainers something else to talk about.
How they've managed to neglect Lists so badly is beyond me.

And have you seen the update to the Chrome TweetDeck app? "Hey, we've been acquired by Twitter, so let's push this terrible colour scheme and clutter up the interface, mish-mashing it with aspects and the look of the Twitter website"
I haven't used the real twitter website in about 6 months, I manage a number of accounts so I use a multi account manager so I am at arms length from most of these changes, as long as the developers are prepaired for any structure changes that may affect how the program obtains or sends ones tweets
I have found Twitter on Android to use a lot of data, even though I am following next to noone (42) and looking at it once a week/month; it manages to use a lot of my mobiles data bandwidth as compared with facebook (~500) and g+(~300) combined which I use every day! A lot of background junk data being passed around I think!
My Twitter still looks pretty much the same as before. Unless they are rolling out changes slowly, or the changes are behind the scenes. But at least I could still use it, if the mood struck me. Facebook? I'd probably need to relearn that from scratch.
I am still having problems in introducing twitter to my friends. They still aren't able to figure out, how twitter works and what the magic of twitter is.
Who here feels that Twitter willl become more and more obsolete as Google+ gains in size?
Nathan Lucking's comment re 3rd party managers, is important. As long as Twitter doesn't go Fbook or Google on us with algorithms and auto-filters. WE NEED TO KEEP THE DATA RAW AND THEN THEY CAN RULE THE WORLD! (Get me in there @jack!:)
+Robert Scoble you were talking about demise of twitter due to G+ few months back ... and also facebook was not better than G+ for you .... what has changed in these few months??
+Robert Scoble am suprised that you try to follow 33000 from the website, would think Tweetdeck or similar would be more handy?

The way I understand it is that the Twitter website is made for the new beginner of Twitter, while the super users and geeks use applications
I wrote a blog post (quoting Scoble) about this. I summed it up by declaring that these changes have more to do with connecting & discovering brands that pay twitter ad revenue than creating communities. This is because a million people shouting Bieber quotes aren't as important in terms of social graphs (which I imagine are used to sell ads) as the people replying to the one persons' tweet... (Context of my blog post: - I'm not spamming, it's all summed up on this G+ post!)
I find the new design beautiful actually just annoyed with one particular horizontal tab for the android app since it's just a blue tab with one button in it.

As for the desktop/browser version, I still have to see and experience it before I really can say anything.

Lots of people hate changes but sometimes... or maybe after a few months, it might be pretty useful or such a good design in the end.

On the stats, I see followers that haven't tweeted even one line. lol
The Twitter website has become more than a little useless to me now, the only way I can interact properly with Twitter is via some app like Tweetdeck. The new official app for Android also blows, with useless guff like Interactions and Discover (neither of which I care about and which have no way to remove/disable them). So now I'm looking for an alternate app to use there as well.

Well done Twitter, you've finally made the service so horrible that I'm basically forced to use other people's code just to use Twitter at all.
I stopped using Twitter after they censored #occupy hashtags from their trending topics. They keep saying that they are entirely automated, but they also say they remove nonstandard spellings of obscenities, etc., and that's not consistent. I don't like to depend on people who lie about their business.
+Robert Scoble +Andy Parker Lists don't work on twitter because they were a good idea that was implemented as if it was an afterthought. They've never been developed, pushed forward or integrated effectively into any of their apps or in an easily managed way on the API. They should seriously revamp and rethink lists or scrap it...
I actually like it, in fact I started using the desktop version more, but I'm not a heavy user anyway. Still my bigger problem is the automated noise. I really wonder how you keep up with all this. There must be a way! Tell us you secrets +Robert Scoble !
Isn't the biggest problem that people still don't understand how to use Twitter? Adviced some friends who had stopped using twitter to search for a TV program while watching it - all of a sudden they had loads to tweet about
I don't think there is a way to mute the noise. The lists are a content based solution, yet the noise is still there. Maybe inline replies. like Google Wave could be a solution...
+Robert Scoble i agree with most of your points ... but being a big fan of G+ ... let us give it more time
+Robert Scoble I keep it under control in G+, I think there's enough noise control for me. The only thing missing here is a grouping option for all the reshares (Facebook nailed this one). Maybe that could work in twitter too. If a percentage of your TL is using a common tag an automated group per tag? Just a random idea :)
Husband is disappointed.. he's more of an advanced user. I don't really notice much difference.. I tweet but do not use all of the features..
I think Twitter have identified new users as the people who they need back daily. If you think about it, they are getting 20% if anything slightly more of their user base back daily, and they want what Facebook has, which is over 50% of their user base back daily because that allows them to compete.

I bet Twitter looses a lot of users daily because most people can't use the service. That said, I think Twitter should cater for both. The hardcore Twitter users, the long timers that have made the social network into what it is now. Although, If I'm honest, it needs to be simple for us rather than complicated if anything.
+Robert Scoble google doesnt pay me .. but i really want G+ to succeed ... as far as time goes ... i dont think much is gonna change before google I/O .... they have kept 3 days this time around ... i hope extra day is for G+ :)
I mostly use the iOS app to manage my 5+ profiles and it has become harder to know which profile is active as there is nothing in the header but a twitter logo. Also, to switch accounts was easier before. One feature I liked which has now gone, was "swipe" to reveal the inline options e.g. favorite a tweet. The new terminology will take time to get used to. Like most redesigns, I see this as one of constant iteration to optimize the app over the coming months.
+Saurabh Kumar I think the only people to make is successful is us. Twitter was full of people like us, first time users who want to embrace the tool. If I'm honest though, I would rather it stay with people like us, rather than grow into something that everyone '"just gets" in the next 3 years.
I don’t get how you can seriously follow 33000 people on Twitter. I’m assuming that you cannot read everything (which is totally understandable), so why are you even following them? I personally follow people on Twitter because I want to read what they write, but I can only do that when I limit the number in a way that I personally can keep up with it.
+Rory Mitchell to be honest ... me too dont want to see cat pics and info about what ppl had for breakfast here ..... but i just dnt want it to die like other google products because not enough ppl are using it :)
+Saurabh Kumar Yea, but with our continued input and usage, G+ will be here for a long time. We just need more reasons over the next couple of years to come back here I guess, something Robert is trying to say about Twitter.
+Rory Mitchell yes .,.. we will be here for sure .... but google should stop this Only for US thing imediately....... Music integration is great .... but no google music for Non-US guys ... :( ... and no Currents outside the US???
Overall, I do think new twitter is growing on me. For the most part, there is a consistency of the interface across platforms. A couple of disappointments in app for iPhone: 1-don't see way to add/remove someone from my lists 2-no longer see data on tweeter"s join date? (the latter I found very valuable when assessing whether to follow someone - i assessed content of tweets as well as quality and quantity. Easier to estimate quantity at a glance if I can compare number of tweets to the date they joined twitter).
+Robert Scoble There was in interesting article on the always good Smashing Magazine about the need for iterative design

"Great designers adjust an existing work with little disruption of the foundational design for a goal or purpose. The end result is a modification to the design that improves the user experience. Good designers, on the other hand, recreate existing work focusing on the aesthetic, with a misunderstood notion that it will always improve it. However, they end up disrupting and/or damaging the user’s experience, making no real impact with the effort."
+Robert Scoble - I'm starting to get interesting people being recommended to me. It's also been my biggest problem with G+ so far, if it's rectified my G+ experience will be fantastic.
Not a big fan of the new design philosophy -- especially that "Discover" section which really needs to go away for those of us who have already "discovered" Twitter :)

Fortunately, however, the plethora of third-party Twitter clients, which I've been using for ages anyway, make it pretty easy to ignore most of these changes and just carry on as I was before.

(That said, Twitter was starting to lose its appeal for me long before these changes... basically around the time I finally got onto Google+ )
+Robert Scoble: Google+. Twitter is still far better at recommendations than Google+, however I will never overcome the character limit on Twitter. I was one of those people in the early days of SMS that happily paid extra to spell out words in full.

Facebook's recommendations are astonishingly precise. People I knew from years ago that I have never emailed, don't share friends with on Facebook, and I would generally call little other than very old acquaintances get recommended to me all the time. Almost spooky, actually.
Twitter seems destined to be an auxiliary service. Most people are on Facebook, use that to arrange events, share photographs, message others and so on.

Twitter is more limited, that's its appeal. Simple public sharing, great mobile sharing and so on. People don't need to replace Facebook with Twitter or vice versa.

Google+ adds complexity as it isn't as full featured as Facebook but enough so to compete with Twitter as an auxiliary service. How many social networks does one need?
+Robert Scoble Even on mine, though it works it can take multiple attempts for people to appear on lists or be removed from them. Ever since original #newtwitter the website, presumably being a client talking to the API, has been very clunky in performance before we even get to decide if what they're trying to do is well designed. It drives me over to on the laptop and desktop - just because it works despite the limited functionality there.
They've ruined so many fundamental and key elements, I don't know where to start .... 
Simplicity and minimalism is the sole remaining advantage of Twitter, and each "improvement" should strip away, rather than add. But that's against the Law of Feature-Creep Entropy, I guess.
I think the focus is now trying to compete with Facebook and Google+ for business centered pages. I'd personally go with Twitter and Google+ and forget about FB.
As I have recently said on Twitter :

"In other #newtwitter news, I think it's bad of Twitter to prominently show full names on the lists and make the @names barely visible. FFS"

"One of Twitter's absolutely fundamental bits of 'architecture' is our @names. To make them less visible is idiotic. #newtwitter"

Also, this "@Connect" tab with 'Interactions' and 'Mentions'. Utterly pointless. They should move the Mentions tab/link back to the users' front page option. Mentions (ie CONVERSATIONS) are also a FUNDAMENTAL part of Twitter and how it works. (Along with the @name identity which Twitter seems to also be veering away from - idiotically)

The Favourites link is another incredibly useful list which they have buried in my profile page. This list is primarily for ME, not other people to see when and if they happen to be on my profile page!

And what's with the barely legible text colour on hashtags and names??!! Utterly ludicrous.

I like the 'folding down' embedded media links, but I wish they had flipping well tested them. I've seen links to basic WP blog posts have a 'show media' link and opened it to find nothing on many occasions.

The vimeo embeds are totally the wrong size. Not enough height. Schoolboy errors. Clearly never tested. At all.

On a side note. I went to try out the Tweetdeck desktop Mac client (now owned by Twitter) and I forced me to create a Tweetdeck account and I couldn't simply sign in with my Twitter account. HELLO!!?? What. The Fuck?)

In closing: (as I tweeted) :

"#newtwitter Obvious signs of project managers enforcing deadlines on designers and developers to break an interface which wasn't broken."

"#newtiwtter : a product being led by too much money, managed by people searching for a business model, hiring too many people without a clue"

This is what over $1.6 BILLION gets you. We still see the fail whale.

"#newtwitter makes me prefer Google Plus even more"

I should probably make this a full post. But glad to get it off my chest here ;)
+Kosso K I can tell you that when I sell solutions, 100% uptime (or anything even closely related) is never chosen if there's a 99% option that costs significantly less. And, it does cost significantly less. Everyone but Google has much lower uptime expectations. Twitter just takes it to a whole other level of downtime acceptability.
well the heat is on n the twitter is feeling the pain
+Jason Nunnelley Of course I think 100% uptime is nigh on impossible. But my point is that the fundamental underlying complexity of Twitter's content is far, far lower than say, Facebook's or Plus'. It's just text. Admittedly lots of it. They seem too busy fixing things that weren't broken, rather than fixing the things that are. ;)
I love a contrarian view and so should the companies you cover. A bitter dose of reality is the right medicine for improving anything..
I don't like the fact that I can no longer add more than 1 photo 2 my tweets
told you, facebook and twitter getting worse.! Both is crowded by amateur wankers who dont really know what it use to. But better be stay on g+.
700 employees? o.O What do 650 of them do all day?
I think this is the right move. The majority of "advanced users" have some other 3rd party client better suited to their needs. The main twitter site should be for the new casual user base, and then act as a springboard for some of these users to explore other apps and expand their tweeting that way.
I have had such a hard time getting into Twitter and I don't think the new format will change that. FB is just as frustrating. They are making it harder for people to keep up with each other and have access to pages they have expressed interest in. This hits small business the hardest. All in all, they both give me reason to go back to Google again and again. I feel like that I am doing more than growing my numbers, but I have found a community as well.
I'm in total agreement with Gruber on the #newnewtwitter. It's well intentioned, you can see what they were aiming for, but it really misses the mark on many aspects of interaction design. First and foremost, it's almost impossible to understand what Twitter is all about anymore when scanning the new top level interaction tabs. Home,@connect,#discover. What the hell is this? A social network? A content discovery service? A communications network? To be honest, I think that Twitter is having an identity crisis. They weren't happy just being a micro-blogging/messaging service. They now want to extend their reach and value into content curation, brand management, social network features, etc. It's a bloody mess.

I find it ironic that the official messaging from Twitter execs is that this new update was focused on simplicity. If anything, I think that Twitter complicated both its UI and interaction design as well as its core messaging and value proposition. The old #newtwitter at least had some consistent and simple messaging and focus: Home,@replies, DM. It was clear that this is a messaging service. At this point, I have no idea what Twitter is or wants to be when it grows up.
I am sorry but this bitter diatribe does nothing. Yes, twitter, g+, and Facebook all are having growing pains it it is to be expected. They are not perfect but to say they will ever live up to your super user expectations is a big reach. The basic communications aspect for the average consumer on all three platforms still works. All three companies are still working on their features. Maybe you need to lower your bar. Also cut sacca some slack because even you admitted in your apology last time that you should have done your research. So please lighten up and calm down already
Agree, I think they opened up the door for the new user to get familiar with the service and use more of its features. For us old power users, though, it certainly does feel dumbed down a bit... and I certainly prefer the old #NewTwitter over the #NewNewTwitter. The slide-out drawer was fantastic and a great idea.
+Robert Scoble i've been a twitter member since 2007. never set it as my main SN. i've used Jaiku, qaiku, and a bunch in between till i get to Identica and later my own instance of StatusNet....
but twitter always remained there, with more or less usage.
When G+ came out, my twitter usage dropped. A LOT.
Now I'm using both again. When the new-new-twitter came out I started using it more.
i NEVER had the twitter page open or even the twitter app for android installed...
now i have both!
this is the 1st time i like twitter home page.
am i a heavy user? you tell me, with a few hundreds users following/followed (i try very hard to trim it down, circles would help lol), over 125k tweets and 1st account created in may of 2007!
+Russ Jam I keep getting people replying to others in my stream it makes no sense at all.
i guess you arent social :D
+Miklavz Grmek Building a social network is not that easy as it seems..._
_You don't know that until you start building your own._why dont you ask +Evan Prodromou how many does he employ at :D
i can guarantee you it's not even 20th part of that
+Mark Zohar right you are. cant find the list of my RTs now .... at least on the Web version :\
Twitter should just embrace its inner "protocolness", focus on keeping the stream flowing, and leave it to third-party developers to decide what exactly to do with it. In that sense, I'd say it's a good idea to focus on web-site features for newcomers to help them get their feet wet. But in that same vein, they should get rid of silly restrictions, like the limits on lists, which have nothing to do with the short-text protocol.
Speaking of +Google+ : why doesn't it post to Twitter? Tumblr had this a long time ago. Do they block Google from using their API? I can't think of any other technical or business reason why Google wouldn't want to do this, though I can think of a few of why Twitter wouldn't allow it.

Half of my Google+ posts are complaints about Google+. It has so much potential but sometimes I feel that the core team that should be developing basics like editing and bringing the mobile apps up to par is MIA. Like you, I'm still a fan, mainly because I'm hoping for the convergence of all Google products and believe Google+ is the glue. I'm cheering it on.
Just imagine your post, 140 characters at a time. Twitter is the simpleton of social networks. We write what they can only tweet. Beyond that it's mostly band-aids... [1 char left]
I wish you were as critical of start-ups and 'feature' applications. Very unfair here.
People who call people idiots usually really need a mirror ......
Come back to Google+ anytime you feel like Robert :-)
Well put, Robert. I too find myself spending more and more time on Google+ ... Twitter definitely lost some points with me..
+Robert Scoble I find it a sad commentary on software development that there has to be a choice between creating a few simple, intuitive use cases for mainstream users (arguably, #newtwitter hasn't achieved even that...), and creating more powerful options/tools for powerusers. Why can't we have both?

I am similarly disappointed about Twitter not getting that Lists done right were always going to be the thing that could have put them over the top in many ways, as they could have been used to present new users with "instant-on", interest-graph-based packages at sign-up, instead of having them follow individual (largely celeb) users one-by-one, and thereby putting them at an immediate disadvantage in the following/follower ratio perception game, asf. You shouldn't have to wait for Twitter to become useful to you via painstaking, one-at-a-time curation of sources and friends. Refinements can come later, but Twitter could initially be useful via Lists even if I weren't following a soul.

G+ has some of the same issues with User suggestion being way too tame and one-off. A new service doesn't have weeks or months to prove its usefulness to a new user. It has minutes, hours tops... onboarding experience is everything, and since G+ adoption hasn't been exactly going gangbusters (though respectable), letting people add via their Gmail contacts asf. is not nearly sufficient to set them up for an instant-on experience if most of their contacts aren't here.

Also, I share the frustrations with G+ you point out in the comments. Some of the easiest fixes for the still broken (re)share are still not in, when they should have come in the first few weeks. And some of the things that were finally added after a too-long wait like search are only so-so as far as usability goes. It is still way too hard/cumbersome to find your own older stuff (including comments) reliably, and hashtag search with more than one word appears somewhat broken, as e.g. a search for '#ows schleber' will also return a lot of results with 'windows' and the hashtag nowhere in sight... #lesigh (try it:
Dang, Scoble...great breakdown. You pointed out some things I wasn't aware of, thank you. I was somewhat pleased with the improvements because I noticed performance enhancements in my use, I hated the Android App and used Seesmic almost exclusively (consistently crashed on my Samsung Instinct). Now my Twitter App is moving smooth, Tweets are going through and all of a sudden my Twitpic actually works. I'll give it more time and see where they go from here.
Agree with Andy Parker in that the 'pure' dbase needs to be Twitter's 'pot of gold'. They must avoid providing 'polluting', biased, algorythms a la Google and promote API use to gain ubiquity.
Add a comment...