There wasn't an official Twitter app for a really long time. The bones of the current official app was something built by a third-party developer. I paid real actual money for it, and then Twitter bought the company.
I'm not sure why I'm saying all this.
I think it's because all the really good stuff in Twitter (@-replies, usable clients) was actually designed and built by users, not Twitter. Twitter, the company, didn't embrace those ideas until very late.
Mastodon and other fediverse remind me of that time, when good ideas could come from anywhere. It's the bottom-up experience that's been missing from the web for years.
@maxeddy that was a big deal
@c0debabe It was huge! Ironically I went out and bought Twitteriffic almost immediately afterward.
@maxeddy why does it feel like an eon ago?
@c0debabe the pre- and post-smartphone worlds feel ages apart.
@maxeddy walks away babbling about her Treo 755p
@c0debabe I checked the PCMag Museum of Technology (my bottom drawer) but these were the only Palms I have.
We really are somewhere between BBS and Web 1.0
Twitter was good in the beginning, then Twitter the company wrecked themselves with promoted-content, non chronological timelines, content curation, unethical data hording practices, a top-down experience... the list goes on
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