Twitter, Facebook, Google+, oh my…

The news that Twitter is rolling out new profiles is not happy news to me. Especially since they will end up looking like Facebook profiles.

Mashable argues that it might not be a huge problem, since most of Twitter’s existing users probably already read/send their tweets through various applications – and not on the main site.

I actually don’t have a problem with the idea of a redesign in itself. But why would you want to make your site look just like another site?

And especially one that I am growing less and less fond of as a user.

I am really expecting the “popular tweets” to overrun the regular timeline of Twitter any day now.

Dear Twitter, Facebook, and Google,
I know my mind. I follow the people I want to follow because they’re interesting.

I don’t necessarily have to interact with the people I follow to want to read what they post. If I follow them, and don’t hide them from my timeline, I want to read their posts.

I don’t need to know what they “Like” in my feeds. I want to know what they share with me. (As a childless person, I don’t care that a gazillion of my friends like a shop that sells baby/children’s clothing online…Or as someone trying to eat healthy, that a friend of mine liked a page for ecological chocolate… )

Similarly with Google+ – not that I use it awfully much. After the disastrous disappearance of one Google service I loved, I try to get attached to more of them than strictly necessary. There is a “What’s Hot and Recommended” box that keeps popping up in all my circles. Why can’t this be a separate thing and not take up space on every circle?

Serendipity is well and good, but not when it comes to my regular “social media needs”. I know what I would like to be informed about – because I initiated the contact with the person in the first place.

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