Awesome Twitter. Totally awesome. Like, really really cool awesome. You’re all a bunch of great folks. I mean that. From the bottom of my shoe.
Great piece by Mat Honan, with a proper and positive shout-out to Facebook’s filtering system. Many of us are drowning in “new stuff,” and most solutions—either walk away or follow less stuff—are way too binary. Part of the reason I like Facebook so much is that it does an increasingly good job of surfacing just the stuff you care about, and leaving the rest just a couple taps or clicks away if you actually do want to see it.
You also have tools to help teach Facebook and customize who and what you see. Are you really interested in most things a friend does, but the only photos they ever post are stupid Instagrams of their lunch? Ok, you don’t have to unfriend, just tell Facebook you don’t want to see their photos in News Feed (in fact, I think you can block their Instagram shots, specifically, but it’s been a while since I’ve had to do this). You can dial up and down the number of posts you see from each individual, from “only important,” to “most,” to “all.” That’s awesome.
This algorithmic filtering is a tool that more social networks, news outlets, and general services need. We’re all drowning in data, but shutting off each individual spigot is a far too heavy handed solution. We don’t need to cut those relationships, followers, and followees, we just need to temper them, like most things in life.
Isaiah with the smart things
I got a Twitter password reset email, and a whole bunch of people replied the same. Twitter says the attack was quite sophisticated and believes that more companies beyond the New York Times and Wall Street Journal were hit. This is getting even bigger.
Ah, there it is.
After years of explosive growth and nurturing an infectious culture of free in their users, Facebook and Twitter are now in a state of farcical panic, desperate to do anything to grow up and bring in revenue, just like real companies. Apparently, “anything” means no bridge is immune from being set ablaze.
That can’t be good.
I started an experiment recently in replacing Google Reader with Twitter and lists. Because of the way I usually read and Twitter’s inherently social nature, I was pleasantly surprised.