While I do like the idea, this is not what Twitter needs. This is analogous to a person drowning and someone suggesting the drowning person needs new shoes. If Twitter doesn't come up with a way to generate revenue in a manner that satisfies it's investments these features will never show up. Twitter needs a profitable business model that will satiate its investors — and this ain't that.
"What Twitter Really Needs According to My Use Case" would have been a more appropriate title.
Exactly. I don't see "Reading list" coming to Twitter anytime soon, because the same functionality exists in iOS/OSX/Android and can be used for saving Twitter articles with little effort...
What Twitter really needs: less assholes and/or mechanisms against harassment.
The problem is built into the core service. Anonymous accounts, short text based inputs and instant gratification. How could a setup like that not lead to misinterpretation, oversimplification and pointed messages?
The problem is built into the core service. Anonymous accounts
Doesn't even have to be anonymous, plenty of celebs engage in what would be considered harassment, racism or abuse yet they're given a free pass.
Making Twitter harassment free isn't going to save anything, it's an inherent part of the service design.
There already is a mechanism against harassment, it's called blocking. If someone is being an asshole, block them. Problem solved.
Blocking, muting, protecting your tweets. For the most part, this shouldn't even be something you deal with a lot. For the most part harassment happens if someone with a lot of followers calls you out for saying something they want to mock and then their followers pile on — or if you're a public person, the center of some current event or discussion etc. In those cases it's important to remember that public people regardless of what type of person they are or what it is specifically they're public for doing or saying receive harassment and death threats on social media platforms. They just do. Someone thinks your song that they don't like or your opinion or whatever is so bad and they are so bad at articulating their criticism that they say absurd shit in a rage. It's obviously very concerning when it happens to you, especially if you're new to the spotlight, but that's the risk we take subjecting ourselves to the public. Block, mute, report, whatever — and move on.
I just save them to the iOS reading list
While no doubt useful to some users, doesn't this seem to run counter to what Twitter are trying to be, which is all about what's happening right now?
This already exists in 3rd party apps. The app I use has a “save to pocket” function which works just fine.
Twitter doesn't need new features. They actually need to re-invent the whole product in order to:
1) Revive their user growth. Their user base is actually shrinking which is a terrible thing for their ad supported business.
2) Find other sources of income that can release pressure from investors + give them the ability to make the right product shifts.
Twitter needs less features, not more. Let third-parties fill the gaps for specific use cases and subjective mental models.
By less features you mean "get rid of moments" right?
People really take them self to seriously sometimes and just assuming that just because something works for them – it applies to everyone.
What Twitter really needs, in my humble opinion is this:
- Reduce workforce. Less managers and less everything.
- Return again to openess: let devs win money making good twitterapp again.
I think the title should actually be "I really need feature from Twitter," because what Twitter really needs [to stay alive] as a business is something that is still up in the air.
Thing is most tweats are a sentence long (not worth reading later) so unless twitter changes it's business model as news readers it probably wouldn't be used that often