Posts Tagged ‘Delete Tweets’
During President Obama’s State of the Union address in February, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) was observed by the media sending questionable tweets, then deleting them from his Twitter profile.
PR Daily dove into Cohen’s reasoning behind his tweet and delete “strategy,” if it can be called that.
But the bigger question is whether or not this tweeting and deleting thing is a new, viable way to approach Twitter.
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Many moons ago, way back in the early days of Twittercism, I proposed several features that I think the service desperately needed, one of which was an ‘edit window’ for tweets. I mentioned this a second time in May.
I’m gonna suggest it again: Twitter needs an edit window for tweets.
Thirty seconds, that’s all I’m asking for. A thirty-second window that starts immediately after you submit a tweet that allows you to edit and then re-publish. Once the thirty seconds has passed, that’s it – no more edit for you. This prevents abuse, but also gives users the facility to correct bad links, edit stupid typos, and all that other ghastly stuff that arises just because you hit the enter key by mistake. It’s common courtesy.
As it is now, if you send a ‘bad tweet’ out into your stream, the best thing you can do is to immediately delete it, and then do it over. The problem is that, as we are all now aware, you cannot actually delete a tweet on Twitter. It stays ‘out there’ forever. Sure, it’s not in your timeline anymore, but that’s just an illusion. Bad tweets never die. Here’s a recent example of one of mine. If you click on the first of my two George Tiller tweets, you’ll see that Twitter tells you it doesn’t exist. But as you can see from the search, it does.
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Alex is definitely saying all the right things. On scalability:
“Hopefully we’ve already been through the catastrophe phase. Where we’re at now is very, very different; fundamental pieces of our technology have changed. We’ve built out a really robust system; it doesn’t just handle tweets, it handles every operation around the site. Whenever you’re sending a direct message, whenever you’re adding someone, whenever you’re blocking someone it goes through this system we’ve built.
We’ve pitted it against the other big enterprise grade message queue systems out there and we’ve pretty much smoked them all in terms of benchmarks.”
On the development of the tweet:
“In a perfect world we’d like every tweet to have its own key value store for whatever metadata [developers] want. In terms of implementation it’s still too far off to say when we’re going to deliver that; the majority of our team is still focused on handling the scale of the social graph.”
On the future of Twitter’s API:
“It doesn’t make sense to have apps ask us again and again ‘do you have anything new? Do you have anything new?’… Whether that’s data or changes to the social graph, it makes more sense that we push that information to them so they’re always up to date.”
On this, Twitter plans to introduce a ‘push API’ service and also to release the limit of API calls that external applications can make, which is currently set at 100 per hour per user.