Twitter was, at one point, a nice service. Not the best to communicate with, what with the 140 character limit, but outside that it worked fine. It broadcasts updates to this site and informs me about updates on key sites across the web. Very useful.
Until they started with this “In case you missed it” crap.
I don’t know how other people use Twitter, but when I go there, I start at the top, then scroll down until a familiar looking Tweet pops up. When there’s an article worth looking at, a quick right-click with the mouse calls up a handy-dandy window that has a command to open up a tab for latter. All of this gets repeated until a familiar Tweet pops up. Then its a’time to stop and go a’reading.
Doing things this way makes an “In case you missed it” feature unnecessary. It’s thorough. Not often is anything important miss. Assuming anything does miss.
I sure as hell don’t need one that pops up the instant I log on to the service. How the hell could I have “missed” anything when I haven’t even started reading yet?
These days, the whole I don’t even bother looking at the damn thing. Doing so might put it in the “familiar” category of my brain and actually make me miss something. The moment “In case you missed it” pops up, the “Refresh” gets hit on the browser to get rid of it. Sometimes it takes two, maybe three tries to get rid of the damn thing and actually get Twitter to a usable state.
It’s a petty thing, yet those are moments that could be better spent doing anything else.
Best of all, there’s no refresh feature on my Twitter phone and tablet apps, making them both useless to me.
There should be a way to turn the damn thing off. There isn’t. Why be helpful when annoying is far easier.
Really, really irritating.