Monday, August 11, 2008

Twitter implements follow limit..

Scoble, Longhorn EvangelistImage via Wikipedia Away for a week and it was inevitable that there would have been some issue surrounding Twitter. Although I have lost friends I follow and followers of my updates it seems that the noise on the Internet at the moment is about the site limiting the amount of people we can now follow. The limit is 2000 and to some extent it makes sense as it should limit the problems.

The issue with Twitter it seems is the distribution of Tweets from users like Robert Scoble (who follows in excess of 21,000). Twitter is well known for it's problems of late and the Fail Whale has become something of a cult icon. They obviously want to distance from the problems and start to move in the right direction.

Frequently in stories lately is those out there who are using Twitter for malicious purposes, auto following, using scripts and those that spam. Will this decision alienate the users of Twitter, I think it does make sense but is this just another nail in the coffin or will this be the turning point. The Twitter clones out there must surely be watching with interest. I'll finish by pointing to FriendFeed as there are no scalability issues there...

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