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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 rebuilt—it 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.