September 15, 2010: Twitter Misses The Metadata Boat
I wrote that eight frikkin years ago!
And only now does some small shaft of light penetrate Dorsey’s thick skull: Jack Dorsey On Deleting Tweets, Banning Trump, And Whether An Unbiased Twitter Can Exist
There is more than one Twitter…but our product today doesn’t allow you to see that. It’s not built to do that. Like, our product is not built around following topics and interests. It should be and that’s what we’re going to do, but it’s not today. I mean you are at the will of an account that might have multiple interests, but it’s just confirming one thing constantly or dragging you into something that might not be representative of the broader whole or your broader interest. So we’ve only given to people very coarse-grained tools with which to manage their experience. Following accounts being the number one and we need to break that.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Account-definable topic checkboxes such as these should have been added back in 2010:
People could have Followed me based on interests. They wouldn’t have had exposure to my other tweets — unless they specified that.
Would a change like that get me back on Twitter? I don’t think so. But it would be tempting.
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