Twitter for Breaking News

Mediabistro: “Twitter is what we wanted it to be. It’s this realtime information network where everything in the world that happens on Twitter—important stuff breaks on Twitter and world leaders have conversations on Twitter.”

The article is about Instagram vs. Twitter active monthly users, but that bit about Twitter being a realtime information network is the important bit. Twitter has been that for many, many, years. All the talk recently is about Twitter screwing with the timeline so it’s more like Facebook. Doing that would take it from a stream of data to a stream with a dam at its head. It would no longer be Twitter.

Maybe Twitter should do some speciality versions of its stream that cater to an algorithm. I’d love to look at it from time to time. For everyday use I definitely prefer the full stream of data, unmodified, as it happens.

By Rob Fahrni

Husband / Father / Developer