Tag: Development

What I am looking for in a twitter client

by on Jan.06, 2012, under Articles, Computers, Design & Development, Information Technology, Internet, Technology

So it has been awhile since I’ve written an article for this blog. Something I am hoping to fix in the coming months with the updates that I’ll be announcing soon but to sweep off some of the dust, here is a topic I’d like to discuss with the internet, and hopefully the internet will have an answer for me.

I have a problem with Twitter. I like Twitter. I want to use Twitter. I dislike its transient state. I am not the kind of person who can or wants to be on twitter 95% of my life. Unfortunately there are twitter feeds which I do want to regularly keep track of in case they say something important. Particularly friends, family, perhaps some organizations, etc. Twitter is not particularly well designed to delve into the past and I understand that is how Twitter wants it to function.

I know this because Twitter has been systematically destroying RSS support for their twitter feeds, which up until now has been my primary means of at least coping with this in some way. I suspect they’re doing this in order to better control how people access Twitter. Okay. I can understand that. If you don’t want to me to use RSS, then let me spell out what I am looking for in a twitter client that, as far as I can tell, is problematically possible without twitter really having to do a thing.

  1. Keep track of what I’ve read and give me some indication of what I haven’t read.
    • Don’t get me wrong. I like the “chat” like nature of Twitter and trends are neat. Even if this were only on a “per user” or “per list” basis, I’d like to be able to keep track of what tweets someone has made since I last logged in. Preferably with an explicit mechanism for me saying “Okay I’ve read all of these”.
    • Some phone twitter apps do this, but only for your primary feed, not individual feeds or lists.
    • This is primarily because I am a daily, if weekly, Twitter user and I’d like to know what I missed.
  2. Allow me to search a person’s twitter feed easily.
    • Hey remember that tweet your buddy made yesterday to that hilarious YouTube video? You want to show your friends? Hmm… wait that was over a week ago? With no hash tag? Screw it I’ll never find it.
    • In this day and age, Google has spoiled most of us in terms of needing to remember to organize things. Why organize when we can just search?
  3. Allow me to filter my current view of the feed
    • So Marla is having an extended conversation with Stacy about how Terri is a no good cheating whore, while also tweet randomly about funny kitten pictures. I don’t particularly want to see every tweet to Stacy Marla has to say, even though she is my friend, but her non @ based tweets I wouldn’t mind reading right now even though she’s forgotten to hash tag. Filtering would make this easy to do!
    • Most apps do this somewhat already. I don’t always necessarily see what my friends are saying to others if I don’t have the other person on my follow list. The RSS feeds were sadly bad about giving you everything unfiltered and most apps don’t let you control any of the filtering, if they have any.

To put it simply, I wish Twitter would allow me to treat it like an RSS feed or, if you’re old enough to know what this is, a news group. I don’t want this all the time, just some of the time. Since I have not looked into Twitter app development, I am not sure how reasonable these requests are but they seem reasonable to me.

So does anybody know if there are any twitter apps or applications that have some or all of these features?

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Video: 29(ish) Ways to Stay (or become) Creative

by on Dec.13, 2011, under Articles, Design & Development, Videos, Visual Media, Writing

http://youtu.be/ALVzsRaJD9g

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I don’t actually agree with all of these points but, for the most part, this video has it right. If you want to be creative, to be a producer, you need to do these things.

The list according to the video:

[spoiler show=”Click to see the list”]01. MAKE LISTS
02. CARRY A NOTEBOOK EVERYWHERE
03. TRY FREE WRITING
04. GET AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER
05. QUIT BEATING YOURSELF UP
06. TAKE BREAKS
07. SING IN THE SHOWER
08. DRINK COFFEE
09. LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC
10. BE OPEN
11. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE
12. GET FEEDBACK
13. COLLABORATE
14. DON’T GIVE UP
15. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
16. ALLOW YOURSELF TO MAKE MISTAKES
17. GO SOMEWHERE NEW
18. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
19. GET LOTS OF THE REST
20. TAKE RISKS
———————————
21. BREAK THE RULES
———————————
22. DON’T FORCE IT
23. READ A PAGE OF THE DICTIONARY
24. CREATE A FRAMEWORK
25. STOP TRYING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE’S PERFECT
26. GOT AN IDEA ? WRITE IT DOWN
27. CLEAN YOUR WORKSPACE
28. HAVE FUN
29. FINISH SOMETHING[/spoiler]
The last one is so hard to do.
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