A little birdie told me that Twitter’s undergoing a few changes, and I’m glad to see it.
One change is that Twitter’s upgrading its policies to deal with abusive behavior. It’s an ongoing problem on social media platforms and it saddens me. One of my favorite writers has stopped posting to Twitter because people were giving him a hard time, which is not the experience that Twitter was intended to be for them or anyone else. It’s supposed to be a conversation between like-minded people.
I participated in a tweetchat once where we picked up someone who chose to put down the guest we were interviewing — a very talented and kind guest. This person thought that by provoking an argument, people would respond to the tweets from that account. Nope. Nobody wanted to play.
Funny — that same individual participated in another tweetchat later with a prominent guest. On that occasion, the participant was much more respectful. (I’m being fair — I looked at the tweets from that account and they weren’t all nasty.)
Another change — direct messages to individuals will be longer in the future. When I’m sending someone a private message on Twitter, it’s been necessary to keep it to 140 characters, just like a tweet. However, sometimes my message runs longer and I have to create several of them, which is time-consuming. Going above the 140-character limit on a DM will be so much nicer.
I have to wonder what that will mean for auto-generated DMs, which some accounts produce as soon as you follow them. Ugh. I’m not a fan of those either, so I delete them.
Just a little respect in social media. Doesn’t seem like too much to ask, don’t you think?