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Question Twitter

I want it all!  And I want it now! — Queen

The one thing that I hate most about Twitter is that it is transient.  The stream of data that flows through Twitter is constantly changing, constantly renewing.  When I first started out using Twitter I followed a few people and I could see their updates from a couple days ago when ever I checked my Twitter stream.

As I followed more people I switched to TweetDeck.  TweetDeck loads up the latest 200 updates from the people you follow.  When I was following up to 100 people I could still see updates from the past 12 hours or so if I scrolled through the list.

Now, however, I’m following close to 500 people.  Now 200 updates usually doesn’t cover 1/2 an hours worth.  I’ve switched to DestroyTwitter because it allows me to restrict the number of updates that are loaded at a time (I currently set it to 40) since I’ve given up trying to read through 200 at a time.  Even so, by the time I’ve read 40 updates (skimmed most of them) there are another 5 to 10 waiting.  I can barely keep up with it now.

Now, my problem is that I rarely see the people who I followed in the beginning.  If they’re not tweeting as I’m dipping in to the stream I miss it.  Some of the people that I’m following will tweet 5 or 10 tweets in a row, further obscuring the other interesting tweets that I’m looking for.

This is not so much a problem with Twitter as it is with me.  I’m having to learn to miss out on stuff because I can’t possibly see it all.  It is a hard thing to learn!

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