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13 May 2009 @ 8am

Excuses for @replies

Addressing this briefly before anyone else starts echoing nonsense that @chockenberry said earlier.

Twitter can’t possibly have dropped the @reply choice (show all @replies, or show only @replies to users I follow) in the interest of load management:

It takes more work to take my list of followees, take each @reply post that one of my followees writes, and compare it to the entire list to decide whether or not to drop it from my stream. It takes more work, not less.

(Edit, 11:30 AM):

Twitter just posted a response on their blog, part of which said:

We’re getting a ton of extremely useful feedback about yesterday’s update to Settings. The engineering team reminded me that there were serious technical reasons why that setting had to go or be entirely rebuiltit wouldn’t have lasted long even if we thought it was the best thing ever.

Now I’m curious: I don’t think they’re lying, but I’m wondering what issues they’re facing.

1 Comment

Posted by
Steven Fisher
14 May 2009 @ 8am

The issue appeared out of nowhere as an excuse for removing something that worked beautifully AFTER the initial excuse went over like a lead balloon. 

Usually, I trust software developers when they say there are technical issues. But I just don’t believe them this time.