Why I Moved Away from Tweetbot

I bought Tweebot and used it for a week. Then I switched back to official twitter app. Here is why.

Tweetbot does have some “personalized” features. It has a dark theme and fancy sound effects, but I don’t really care about these stuff. It has left/right slide gesture, but I found them not intuitive and hard to memorize. The double/triple click is not always detected, so sometimes I have to click lots of times of a tweet and feel myself silly. The customizable tab looks useful, but not for me. What I want is to use a list as a tab, like what I do with Echofon for Mac. But Tweetbot doesn’t support that.

Besides these specious features, Tweetbot has some shortcomings compared to official app. “Discover” is an important part in official app. I check it at times and find it interesting.  Another crucial advantage of official app is speed! When view conversations or tweet detail, official app is obviously faster than Tweetbot.

Tweetbot does have a few delicate features that worth noting, such as the “unread counter”, and “select the last photo from library”. However after all, official app is a much better choice for now.

—–After a year——

Using Tweetbot on iPhone and iPad. Maybe just tired of the look and feel of the official app.

Twitter Open House

Went to an open house event at twitter NYC office. There were 2 short speaks: one was a twitter semi technical introduction and the other was about real time search. Not very in-depth actually. Some Q&A were quite deep though. I guess most audiences were engineers and some of them do search-related works.

An interesting thing is I met @nk, who I saw once 2 years ago in Beijing QCon. He gave a presentation about real time search at that time, a really great one. It’s very nice to see him again and have some talk.

In twitter office there are some photos on the wall, with tweets. The most impressing one is a photo of the airplane on Hudson river. That was probably the first photo of that accident online. And a funny video to tell u tweet is faster than earthquake.

I have always been respecting twitter as a company. They are doing something

  1. Changing the world.
  2. Helping ppl’s daily life.
  3. Open. Compared to close system like FB and Apple.
  4. Elegant. From a product perspective.

The more I respect twitter, the more I feel sick of sina weibo…

Model of Google Plus

前两天我看到G+上share给某些圈子的状态显示的是“Limited”的时候突然想到,如果在G+上写一条post只share给一个人,是不是这个人就不知道你只share了给他?这有没有可能成为一种非常闷骚的表白(或者类似群发短信骚扰)方式?

但很快我就发现不是这么回事。。第一如果加了一个人名而不是他的圈子,这个人是会收到邮件通知的,当然你可以把他单独丢在一个圈子里。第二G+上那个“Limited”是可以点了展开看都share给谁了的……

由此我稍微思考了一下G+的模型。用G+多一点的估计也都知道了。不过我想明白的时候还是觉得挺有意思的,于是就写一下给不怎么熟悉G+的同学看看。主要是和twitter和facebook的status比较。如果这两个也不熟悉的话那就不用看了。。。

在这几个SNS里面,当你发布一条tweet/post/status的时候,这条消息会推送到一批人的timeline上,也就是说这批人会默认看到你的这条消息。三个SNS在决定这批人的机制上,有本质的差别。(这里先把twitter的list,fb的top news,G+的circle stream,以及block这种较为特殊的功能放下不论。)

  • Twitter:纯由他人决定,谁follow你谁就看到。
  • FB:双方共同决定,friend关系只有互相确认才能成立。
  • G+:双方共同决定,你发布给他,你又在他的圈子里的话,才会推送到他的stream上。
G+和FB都是双方共同决定,但是它们很明显有所区别。区别在于两点:
  1. FB的这个决定是一次性协议,双方确认朋友关系之后一般不会改变了。而G+的这个决定在发布这个方向是细到消息级别的,每条消息的发布群体都会不同;在接收这个方向基本上还是一次性的,圈了人一段时间以后就一般不会随便把他丢出去了。
  2. 发送方和接收方如果只有一方愿意建立联系的话。在FB上这个联系就不会建立,没有任何消息传递,因为朋友关系必须要确认。而在G+里面如果只有发送方愿意,也就是你圈了别人但是别人没圈你,那么消息会出现在接收方的incoming里面;如果只有接收方愿意,也就是别人圈了你但是你发了一条这个人不可见的post,那么跟FB一样,消息不会传递。

Twitter和FB上,一条消息要推送给的人,都是现成的集合,发送者的followers/friends。区别在于FB里这个集合要经过对方确认。而在G+里面,要推送到的集合是发送集合和接收集合的交集。可以认为G+认同FB里面消息传递需要双方确认这一点,但是把这个协议做到了消息级别,并且把发送方确认和接收方确认解耦合了。

twitter的list,FB的top news,G+的circle stream都是为了让接收方能够筛选和分类。twitter和G+的做法是手动的;FB的是自动的,或者说傻瓜化的。这也比较符合这几个平台的气质。

总之,G+的模型要更灵活,更复杂,也更强大。从程序员的角度来看,是令人激动的模型。但是实际的接受程度如何,还有待时间的考验。

Twitter

在过去的一个月没更新blog的时间里面,twitter成了主要的瞎写工具。Twitter前一阵火了,然后就被封了。贵Party真是万寿无疆。

Twitter有很多方法来用,可以一些熟人或者关系比较松散的人有一搭没一搭的聊天,可以作为RSS之外的又一种播送和接收信息的工具,可以和海外的同学像发短信一样通过手机互通信息,也可以作为微型的blog,玩法很多,很丰富。

用了一些客户端,PC上的转来转去还是用回了TwitterFox,尽管现在我的主浏览器已经是Chrome了。黑莓上用了满久的Yatca,后来觉得这种merge到短消息里面的方法还是太disturbing了,尤其是消息多一点之后就觉得无论是手动的翻阅每一条,或者挑着看看然后mark all as read,都还是很麻烦。还是典型的那种客户端交互方式比较好,于是换到了UberTwitter,爽了没几天twitter就被封了,nnd。现在只能用dabr凑合一下了,上面的人也少多了。这东西不能所有人方便的用移动设备上,就少了一半意义。

昨天老妈来电话,居然问我“blog上面那个一句话的小方块”怎么看不到了。好吧,希望早日能恢复。