Category: Opinion

6 Problems with New New Twitter

I may be one of the only people who doesn’t use a Twitter client to use Twitter. Aside from the Android app for when I’m “on the go”, I access Twitter via a web browser, as God intended. So, now that the second New Twitter has come around, it’s greatly affected my virtual life. Fortunately, I like to complain about things. So, in honor of Festivus, here are my New Twitter grievances:

The Left Sidebar Isn’t Fixed

Scrolling on New Twitter

Peek-a-boo

When I scroll through my timeline, why is it that the top bar follows me everywhere, but Trending Topics and my Compose new Tweet text box don’t? The only thing that should be scrollable on New Twitter is the Timeline. Remember on Old Twitter, if you clicked on a Tweet or User, the info would pop up in a panel on the right? If you scrolled then, the info panel stayed in place. Well, that’s what the left sidebar should do now. Why do I lose valuable information like Trending Topics and gain empty space if I go scanning old tweets?

Trending Topics Disappear Under Connect

The new @Reply/Mentions tab is called Connect. That’s where I like to spend most of my time, so I don’t have to read all of Donald Trump’s tweets whining about Obama and the economy.

Twitter Home vs Connect

Now I have no idea what Justin Bieber is up to!

If I hang out on Connect all day, I won’t know what’s going on in the world, unless someone tweets it at me. The Trending Topics list doesn’t appear here. I’m guessing it’s a marketing ploy since timeline ads aren’t served to you unless you’re actually looking at your timeline. Twitter doesn’t want you to use Connect as your default view. That’s what Home is for. Still, I shouldn’t lose information when I switch over to check my replies.

New Follows Are Interactions

I suppose technically they are an interaction. But the annoyance here comes from seeing the “42 new Interactions” message only to be disappointed with new spambot followers when clicking it.

Twitter Interactions

Why must you tease me?

Of course, I could use the Mentions sub-section, but then I’d miss out on Retweets and Favorites. I preferred Old New New Twitter when the activity was refreshed automatically. This way, the new followers would casually pass by on the screen. The call-out for me to click to see new interactions, though, fills me with anticipation and suspense that is often for naught.

I Still Don’t Know When I Receive a Message

The biggest problem I’ve always had with Twitter has been with Direct Message alerting. There never was any. That was the main reason I got the Android app. Even if I’m sitting in front of my computer, I needed an alert to tell me I’ve got a new message. Otherwise, I might leave someone hanging for eternity.

New Twitter Message

Is that a notification or are you just happy to see me?

New Twitter improved on this somewhat, but still dropped the ball. The Direct Message notification light is hardly noticeable. It could easily go overlooked. And that’s not the only problem with Direct Messages on New Twitter.

Direct Message Blue Balls Are Inconsistent

Yes, New Twitter has given us all blue balls. That’s how we know which messages still need to be read when viewing our Direct Messages.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t work like Facebook where reading the message from anywhere will mark it as read everywhere. I have Twitter open on multiple computers. Now, when I get home I have to re-read all the messages I received while at work.

Two or Three?

One of you is lying to me.

Inconsistent

An uneven number of blue balls

Yet even all of this isn’t the most annoying part of Direct Messages.

I Can’t View a Person’s Profile from a Direct Message

Who am I talking to? Who is this person that just offered me a free iPhone over Twitter? If only I could click on their name or their portrait and view their profile. Nope.

Twitter Direct Message

Who the Hell is this jerk?

So, there you have it. I don’t mind making progress, but let’s try not to add more mistakes. Things should get better. And there is one actual improvement. The only thing that I find truly a godsend from New Twitter:

Twitter Follows You

She must be really smart

This one feature lets me know who on Twitter is worth my time. A simple check of their profile gives me the most important information I need: is this person following me? Speaking of which, are you following me? If not, you should probably get on that.

If you have any complaints or compliments for New Twitter, leave a comment below.

By on Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 12:52 pm | + + = this post

  • Guest

    I hate the new TweetDeck more than anything. I can’t understand why Twitter would take a perfectly good thing and just ruin it.  And the new Twitter is just nothing but confusing as well…I would rather they ask for some input from their public and people who use it the most and get their input, but as always, they jump first and ask forgiveness afterwards. 

    • http://blog.clayburngriffin.com/ Clayburn Griffin

      I’ve used TweetDeck in the past, but don’t use it much anymore.  With everything I’ve heard about the new version, I’d be afraid to give it another shot.

  • Jesalbert1

    Ugh! This new twitter Is horrible, the mai problem with the new twitter is that everytime I write a tweet, the 140 character letter box doesn’t move from 140 and everytimeI hit TWEET, nothing happens, can somebody please help me?

  • http://www.tellmetxt.com/ Philip Wattis

    True. I moved over to the new Twitter today (maybe they should have called it Twitter+, seems the trend at the moment). It looks much nicer, but it simply does not seem as easy to use.

  • http://twitter.com/AhliRetweet Ahli Retweet

    I have never seen a notification like that in any website! How i know that someone send to me a direct message!Silly notification :/

    Another mistake in direct message is, i can’t click in the picture or nickname of who talk me and see his profile!
    So i must copy his name and search for it in twitter to find his profile :(

    • http://blog.clayburngriffin.com/ Clayburn Griffin

      Very true.  I can’t believe they haven’t fixed any of these problems yet.  It’s been over five months. 

  • aylish

    I find interactions don’t work properly either ive been a constant battle with twitter support about it