Slow Twitter

November 17th, 2013

My brother tweeted recently, “making sure I have a working implementation of Logo is part of setting up the nursery, right?”. I feel the same way about building the just the right photo sharing site and Twitter client. But I’m RESISTING. And I’m very proud of myself for it.

The Twitter client I want (and have wanted for years, but I want it more now) is at least fairly straightforward, and I’m hoping someone has either already built it or will get inspired. I think of it as “Slow Twitter”.

Twitter works great when you’re constantly checking it. Or when you don’t follow that many folks. But once you’re distracted you start missing stuff. In fact you only see the people who tweet constantly. And they’re often the most banal.

What I’m looking for is an app (and I include websites in that word, I’m old fashioned) that shows me who has tweeted since I lasted accessed it, with access to what they’ve tweeted, sorted in reverse order of the likelihood that they would have tweeted during the period of elapsed time aka probably sorted by ascending rolling average tweet frequency.


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2 responses to “Slow Twitter”

  1. neapel says:

    I was looking for the exact same thing, when you’re hours behind your stream, the exact order doesn’t matter that much any more. But when reading 400 tweets in a row I find myself concentrating on one stream of conversations, missing unrelated tweets. So I was thinking about a client that clusters your followings and reorders tweets so that i.e. a conversation among friends who bounce subtweets off another remains intact but you won’t miss a multi-tweet thought somebody had over the course of half an hour during that.

    (Meanwhile I’m stuck with Tweetbot because it’s the only client I found that doesn’t actively punish me for sometimes not checking it for 8 hours)

  2. Paul Freeman says:

    I develop apps and wanted something similar so I looked up Twitter’s developer website and discovered that for the last couple of years they have pretty much made it impossible for third party developers to do anything very interesting along these lines.

    They used to be very liberal about how people could create clients, but presumably to prepare for the IPO they clamped down.

    Twitter search (which is one way to do this) used to allow searching back in time as far as one wanted. Since the changes they limited it to 7 days so now you are pretty much forced to keep looking continuously.

    Corporations who want full access to Twitter search pay millions to get it, so its one place they make their money to justify that stock price.

    Disappointing though

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