We all know and love Twitter, but it's not perfect. A few months ago, I used these pages to tell you what I liked about Twitter and what I didn't.
Since then, Twitter has undergone some major changes. It has enjoyed worldwide acclaim. It has a new design. And its community is bigger than ever.
All those things are great. But I'm not as happy with it as I could be. Unfortunately, I've found some issues with Twitter and its community that need to be addressed.
Five Twitter issues
1. The "more" has to go Say what you will about Twitter's new design, but sifting through the stream is too difficult. In the previous design, I was able to click the "next" button to get to older tweets. From there, I could quickly change the URL in the address bar to get to the page I wanted. For example, if I wanted to refer back to a tweet that, by now, was on page three, all I needed to do was change the "page=1" command to "page=3." Once it loaded, I was on the right page.
But in Twitter's new design, it requires me to keep hitting "more" to see tweets. It's a real annoyance. Quickly getting to the tweet I want to find takes too long. And although it makes the site more "Web 2.0," I don't like it. Bring back the "next" option, Twitter.
2. Down times are back For a while, Twitter was on its game. There were so few down times, it seemed the Fail Whale was finally in the past. But as of late, I've noticed many more down times on the service. Almost each day, it's down for a minute or two at a time. It's not nearly as bad as it used to be, but it's still present. Down times have been a problem with Twitter since the beginning. They need to be averted.
3. Search still sucks Sorry, but Twitter Search doesn't even compare to some of the third-party apps available on the Web. I've used it on numerous occasions and each time, I'm left wanting more. So, I followed CNET Editor Rafe Needleman's advice and tried out Twazzup. It's more robust than Twitter's search. It helps me find results more quickly. Don't waste your time with Twitter Search. I don't.… Read more