I don’t care about friends, I care about interests

I thought people had accepted that Google+ isn’t a Facebook clone, and more importantly, understood what Google+ actually is, or is capable of, but no, clearly not.

I hate, HATE having conversations on Twitter. It was fine at once, but to see a stream I already envelope being flooded by back and forth conversation that is so difficult to craft and wordsmith with the character limit, pains me greatly. 

– Me, two months ago

I wasted the afternoon in an asinine discussion, trying to convey social and interest graphs amidst workshops and meetings, and realised halfway through that I shouldn’t have bothered in the first place.

Facebook is for your friends, Twitter is for your interests

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@Mentions and Native Retweets – disjointed and rageworthy


Time for a rant.

I don’t know if it was #NewTwitter, or if it was before that, but this fucking disparity between @Mentions [old school “RT”] and Native Retweets is annoying as hell.

Here’s the crux of it:

1. I tweet something

2. Person X old school RTs it

3. Ten other people Native Retweet the old school RT by Person X

I will see the old school RT come up in @Mentions on the web interface, or, in Tweetdeck—my preferred Twitter consumption application—under Me / Mentions. I will have NO visibility over the 10 Native Retweets, as they will only show up in the ‘Your Tweets, retweeted’ column of Person X, or, on occasion, in Person X’s Mentions / Me column.

Do most people care? Probably not. But, as I’ve said many a time, I’m a narcissist [maybe I should add that to my Twitter bio [how meta]], so yes, I’d at least like to see it show up SOMEWHERE.

The Solution

It’s simple enough. If you have TweetDeck [I assume you can do something similar on most of these apps e.g. HootSuite, Seesmic], remove your Mentions column, and just add a column with your Twitter handle e.g. ‘@c0up’.

What does this do? It should show you old school RTs, Native Retweets, and account for the case above, showing old school RTs that have been natively retweeted.

Why does this work? Because Twitter’s search function turns Native Retweets into old school style RTs… It feels like they didn’t quite think this through.

I know that TweetDeck tries be as faithful as possible to the Twitter API, but I wish they’d just bundle Native Retweets and old school ones together.


*sigh* it’s just never that easy, is it? Turns out this doesn’t in fact solve everything, because with a “search” column being added, any mentions from users who have protected their tweets don’t show up /FACEPALM


I wrote this post just last week, and now, for whatever reason, native retweets don’t show up in search results anymore, so we’re basically back to square one…


Is microblogging making us a noisy, ignorable bunch?

So, I’m saying this in the context of a few things, and when I say microblogging, I’m pretty much referring to Twitter, but I’m sure it could be extended to some extent to Facebook, Buzz, Foursquare, etc.

Firstly, Leo Laporte’s post late last week, waving goodbye to Google Buzz and lowering his use of Twitter to go back to his blog; the place where people go specifically to read about Leo.

It makes me feel like everything I’ve posted over the past four years on Twitter, Jaiku, Friendfeed, Plurk, Pownce, and, yes, Google Buzz, has been an immense waste of time. I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves.

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Google Buzz – An hour or two in…

Ok, I have it, it’s running, but an hour or two in, I’m even more confused than I was with Wave.

  • First and foremost, I see 37 unread messages, but how the hell do I just skip to the next unread one? It was just spacebar in Wave.
  • How do I pull in my Twitter feed?
  • How do I add my Twitter contacts to Buzz?
  • How do I post from Buzz to Twitter?
  • Can I sort the threads somehow? Specific contacts, groups, unread messages, etc
  • Would love a minimise button next to each thread
  • Clearly I need to create groups to make this understandable
  • The maps integration is awesome, but the mobile site needs Android 2.0+ to work? Lame. Time to head to XDA I guess
  • It has an ‘edit’ button. WIN!
  • Jason Calacanis is spamming my stream >.<


I might as well be meta and include the buzzlet [wtb microsyntax kthxbai] about this post and the associated comments.