May 14, 2009
The Trouble With Twitters
Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging platform, is struggling to please both loyalists and newcomers. Case in point: the current furor over changes in the message stream. The The New York Times reports.
To help manage its exploding growth, the company decided on Tuesday to make a change to its service that screens out from your stream of Twitter messages all notes sent from people in your Twitter network to people outside your network. Previously, all Twitter messages, including replies to people you donít follow, would appear in your Twitter stream unless you opted out.
But the change met with an uproar from some users, who felt that it undermined one of the platformís key benefits: the ability to eavesdrop on snippets of Twitter chatter as a key way to discover new members and pick up on interesting news and tidbits.
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