May 6, 2011 1 Comment
Do you ever use Twitter on your computer and get frustrated when trying to acomplish certain tasks? It’s been happening to me quite a bit recently so I decided to make a list of features that could use some improving:
1. When tweeting finding people you want to tweet @ should be easier
Twitter made it easier to find the people you follow by pre-populating names once @ is typed in the tweet box. This update from the old Twitter works most of the time but it can sometimes be spotty when searching for real names.
Finding people becomes more of an issue when trying to tweet at someone that you aren’t following. In this situation, I usually open up a new tab and use the search bar, then hit the “people tab”.
Instead, it would be helpful if Twitter allowed users to search right within the tweet box for everyone and not just the people they follow.
2. Saving tweets so they are viewable later privately (star function)
Sometimes a really interesting tweet with a link comes up but maybe there is no time to read it right away . Wouldn’t it be nice to bookmark it for later viewing? Currently users can start items but this is public to everyone. There should be a way to privately save these tweets to for later reading. Current alternatives include starring items publicly, emailing the links to yourself, and using a bookmarking sites like Delicious.
3. Searching your own tweets more easily (search box)
A search box for all of your tweets should be available for when you are looking for something specific like a link you shared in the past.
4. Direct Message only if mutually followed
Direct messages are defined by Twitter as “a private message sent via Twitter to one of your followers.” Twitter only allows you to direct message users who are following you. I’ve been in a situation where someone direct messages me because I am following them but I cannot respond until they follow me back. These questions can be personal and not something someone would want to respond to publicly by tweeting at them. Users should be able to respond to incoming direct messages even if that person isn’t following you. Some of the current alternatives include asking someone to follow you back (which can be awkward) or exchanging email addresses (which I wouldn’t recommend tweeting out to the twittersphere).
5. Where did my followers go?
Do you ever notice losing followers? No? Maybe this just happens to me but it would be nice to know who gave me the boot.
6. Retweet button vs. RT @
There may be some confusion between using the retweet button versus the manual RT function. The “RT @” came about organically through Twitter users while the Twitter retweet button was part of the website overhaul last year. One of the major disadvantages of using the retweet button is not being able to edit the tweet or adding commentary. Twitter should allow users to edit these retweets to make the button more functional. Blueglass.com breaks down additional differences between the two retweet options.
Do you have any solutions to these issues? If so, please feel free to share them. What are some of the other problems people have using Twitter on a computer? I would love to hear your thoughts.