When I first started sketching out the “Minimal competence” blog post in my head, I imagined it as part of a series. The series had three real functions:
- To layout a theory about our obligations as builders of services and consumers of those services
- To selfishly hilight the hard problems that Flickr and Etsy had tackled and others had shied away from
- To contextualize my frustration that Twitter’s search lacked two features that, while hard, were core to the way I wanted to use it, and the retreat from which felt like cowardice.
On point #3 those two missing Twitter features were:
- The ability to search over all time, not just a fluctuating window of 12 – 72 hours.
- To scope those searches to people you follow
Now I’ve built both of those features for much smaller, slower moving corpuses (after all Flickr is only up to photo id 8 billion and something, and most of Etsy’s items expire after 4 months), so I both knew it was possible, and also could only speculate on how you’d do it on top of a corpus like Twitter.
Good fucking work Twitter! (here’s hoping others follow)