Missing the Point of Twitter

February 25th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

Yesterday, Apple released Safari 4 Beta. Instantly, people began to cry on Twitter, because the totally awesome can’t live without it password manager 1Password didn’t get work with it.

Within a few hours, Agile Software had upgraded 1Password and pushed that version out, so it now works with Safari 4 Beta.

Then, they began the process of answering people via their twitter account, telling them about the new version. They sent out a lot of tweets to different users who didn’t follow them, so they had to use the public reply functionality, not a direct [private] message. And then someone complained:

@1Password Do you know, what a “DM” in Twitter is? -> You produce too many public replys!

And this, I say, is bullcrap. There is no “you shouldn’t send public replies” guideline on Twitter, and 1Password couldn’t send Direct Messages to many of these people because you can only send a DM to someone who follows you.

If you don’t like that someone uses Twitter to—*gasp*—actually talk to people, then don’t follow them, or use a client like TweetDeck that allows you to filter users into different categories. Twitter is many things to many different people, and you can’t expect everyone you follow to use it in the same way you do.

[I’m adamjury on Twitter.]

Second Episode of Dirty Words Design

February 16th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Early Sunday morning I released the second episode of Dirty Words Design; covering a file cleanup technique that you can use to get a handle on unruly projects. This was a fun episode to record, and I’m already looking forward to sitting down and recording the next one!

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Dirty Words Design Episode 0

February 1st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

I pushed out Episode 0 of the Dirty Words Design videocast tonight. RSS feeds and all that are functional on the site, and it should be on iTunes as soon as they approve it.

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