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Dear Twitter, I am just another twitter user and these are my simple suggestions to you for your betterment. And I am sure most of the twitter users would appreciate these changes. I know many of you have also tweeted these concerns but I just wanted to list it down.

1. Mutual followers: It’s high time you show us who mutual followers are in-between two twitter users. It will help us build niche networks and indulge in meaningful conversations.

2. Deleting a Direct Message removes it from both the sender & receiver records permanently! Imagine this, unless you have a snapshot, you have no proof that so and so sent a particular DM if the sender deletes it! Now something seriously has to be done about this! There are twitter users who take advantage of this.

3. Changing the handle is very simple: It takes not more than 140 seconds: P. but what happens is the twitter user loses out on his/her older tweets. Tweets is what keeps the site running

4. Considering the number of time we spend on twitter, it would be ideal if twitter introduces birthday notifications. Birthday is a special occasion and we definitely don’t want to miss it out. Not easy to keep track of 300+ tweeps I am following. But twitter can make it really easy!

5. I would definitely love to see emoticons like πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

6. A margin of twitter users create an account, log in, feels it’s all shit n disappear in to a hiatus forever. Reminder or poke mails sent to them can seriously revive the way twitter is used.

7. Twitter users who have been around for a while can make out a fake account from a genuine one. It would be ideal to make verified accounts a must for all celebrities

8. Can all of us do something about Brit.ney.fuck.ed? Lolz, let her be! Sometimes she is an interesting topic for discussion, mock and what’s more, she brings your count to 1000 followers if you are on 999. But only until twitter cleans it for you or until u hit the block button Report as SPAM is a good new additional feature.

POST SCRIPT: For strange reasons (for simplicity, sssshhh I am technically challenged) I like to use twitter web, can u make the interface a little better. For Ex, twirhl, tweetdeck does have a retweet button. It would be nice to have that on twitter itself!

All said and done, twitter is just cool.

Okay hold on, should there be a drunken-tweet moderation post 10:30 PM??

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46 Comments

  1. It’s been the expectation for lot of twitter users. And here comes our Twitter representative Nadhi with really valuable suggestions… Twitter folks just have a look at this, these are most sought after features… πŸ™‚

  2. I agree… Guys all these suggestions are super valid. Please make changes.

  3. Awesome point mentioned about the DM deletion! and emoticons is not a bad suggestion, but people would take the advantage of this and fill the tweets only with those emoticons!
    If they introduce something like just 2-3 emoticons per tweet max. then it would be a perfect addition.

    And about the verified accounts, twitter still has not verified many celeb accounts, which still keeps people in a doubt whether its the real user or not. One example was M.S. Dhoni, which was a fake account.

    Birthday notifications, another nice call. With this added into twitter, i would never go to Orkut again, which i use only for the birthday remainders!

    Awesome suggestions Nadhi(the technically challenged sweet heart ;))

    Chetan
    http://twitter.com/sizzler_chetan

  4. I agree and identify with all these . This is an experienced and genuine tweep asking for the right things . You shud be working for twitter πŸ™‚

  5. Excellent post! I want all those things on Twitter too. Great work. πŸ™‚

  6. Here is a post which resonates with what most of twitterers feel but had kind of given up on. Great job @mad_nad

  7. lolzz… heavy list… it will take ages for twitter to actually apply this.. how abt sending this to @twitter…

    i wud love emoticons.. but let it take just one character instead of three,plz πŸ˜›

  8. Mutual Followers: okay.
    DM deletion: Real Serious
    Tweets: Serious
    Birthday Notifications: What!!!
    emoticons: hmmm…
    Reminders: hmmm. okay.
    Verified accounts: Yeah, should do.
    Brit.ney: Real serious again.
    RT Button: Please…

  9. well

  10. A good post abt Twitter frm aam adhmi of twitter.
    Talking about “Mutual frnds” and” Birthday notifications” I think it is one of the beautiful feature of twitter which differentiates itself from FB or other social networking sites .Twitter is a micro-blogging site ,rather than a social networking site. (Even I don’t treat Twitter as I have mentioned ).
    Moreover I think RETWEET feature is under process and we may expect it any time .U can try using twittergadget.com . It might be more simple and comfortable.

    And YES twitter is not only cool but the Coolest πŸ™‚

    Cheers !

    Bala

  11. Lovely Post Sis… Twitter for sure is gonna be a better place, if these suggestions are incorporated…

    If not all, at least the points 1 to 4, alone would make a huge difference…

    If u shall allow, lemme add a 9th point…

    9. DM Search… Currently there is no provision to search with in DMs… I have like 1500+ DMs (mostly contact details of tweeps).. its a tedious manual labor if I have to retrieve something from there…

    Extension to POST SCRIPT –> Can we have “Reply to all” function also in twitter.com

  12. nice suggestions nadhiya… i would love to hav the smiley πŸ™‚
    anyway
    @twitter kindly make these changes soon as possible or otherwise i’ll create another twitter with all these features (he he)

  13. Awesome and relevant post kiddo πŸ™‚

  14. lol
    all agreed especially the birthday notifier 😦 and except the drunken tweet modification πŸ˜€
    loved it totally!

  15. hehe nice ones nadhi πŸ™‚

  16. Also it would be nice if we cud see for which tweet yours a follower made a reply. With so many people on tweets going out it sometimes gets difficult to keep track of which tweet of yours someone responded on!!

  17. Also it would be nice if we cud see for which tweet of yours a follower made a reply on. With so many tweets going out it sometimes gets difficult to keep track of which tweet of yours someone responded on!!

  18. Hey thats great. I guess now u can write a book on Twitter…….

  19. agree with all your points. Mast che!

  20. A really good post: hope twitter is listening!
    The only thing i am not too keen about is the poking part :pt no 6
    We have facebook for that!
    Birthday reminders wud be good but wud involve serious thinking on the part of twitter : how wud they communicate to he followers that its so n so s birthday!
    Idea!: Maybe the name could become differently coloured than usual?
    And as kanika said which tweet of yrs has been commented on wud be a great feature to add for one tends to lose track / thread of the conversation.
    Thoroughly enjoyed it: keep em coming nads

  21. I loved all the suggestions and if gmail can introduce drunk mail filter so can twitter,One more thing needed is list feature so as to categorize ppl we follow in diff. lists…web interface of twitter should have an option to retweet as well as create lists like friendfeed.Good post Nadhi.Keep writing.

  22. A good consolidated petition on what we’ve all been asking for, in bits. I agree with Chetan on the emoticons though. Would hate it to flood my twitter page or seesmic.

    Cheers,
    Sidheart
    siddharth_ind

  23. Nice post πŸ™‚
    Agree with 1st 1 n it shouldn’t be difficult either since the option to DM doesn’t exist if a person is not following you,which implies the information is on the page. So there is no need to hit server again and no reason why this cant be implemented unless there is a reason (may be they think asymmetric friends/followers ratio would be disturbed if they did).

    Another feature which i think is very important is threaded conversation or what Kanika has referred to above. This functionality is available on search.twitter.com and a few clients like Gravity and slandr.com (there mayb others im not sure).

    Having said that, i must also say that *i think* Twitter is not implementing additional features because the server is not being able to handle the existing load! Im sure all of you are aware that Twitter’s downtime is directly proportionate to the rise in the number of its users! πŸ˜‰ The concept Twitter introduced is brilliant (as if there is need of any proof greater than the fact that we are discussing about it right now :p ) but its load on server is far greater, imagine parsing all those tweets, the transfer is almost promiscuous….

    Another point i would like to make is that a lot of these features are supposed to be implemented by clients, the architecture of Twitter itself is RESTful ( Representational state transfer plz lookup Wikipedia ) the server responds with state of resources eg. XML documents, it is then up to clients to take on from there and minimize the load on server. For instance, what do you need to receive tweets replied to you? Its simple your app sends Twitter Search API [ http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%40mad_nad ] and the returned packet should contain all tweets mentioning “mad_nad” Now how well you use that data depend on you. So roughly speaking, i think it depends on developers how intelligently and innovatively they use the service and implement features.

    Think i have ranted too much already, please do remember these are my speculations not necessarily facts. And i could be 100% wrong, btw, i hjave blogged on something on that line , please visit and comment πŸ™‚
    http://xpensieve.blogspot.com/2009/10/will-twitter-go-down-with-waves_12.html

  24. Would follow Harshit’s format..

    Mutual Followers: Would be great..
    DM deletion: Yes certainly important
    Tweets:
    Birthday Notifications: Great option helps people
    emoticons: Nope – can imagine the twitter page with emoticons.. eeek!
    Reminders: I think they anyways get spam followers mail and thats even more annoying..
    Verified accounts: Crucial and necessary because I am not sure if I am tweeting to 1mrankhan or the boy next door.
    Brit.ney: I swear! I dont know why the hell a nude girls come and follow me.. peeping into her profile looks she is either a laxative seller or someone who has lot of sex toys to flaunt — well i am not interested in both πŸ˜›
    RT Button: Oh yeayh would be great πŸ™‚

    I feel twitter should also send a warning mail about lot of account hijackers. For ex: Recently I joined tweetfeed crap using my twitter account and they constantly tweet from profile… I can’t delete my account..Twitter should warn about such account..

    Twitter keeps showing me a whale driven by birds trying to say we are dumped with lot of tweets wait.. well,. thats annoying and none of my problem.

    Research function of twitter should be made real strong and must allow some sponsored facility on the right side bar — atleast they’ll start making money via it.. and in no doubt may beat google too πŸ™‚

    Twitter must allow to Feature tweet again option – letting tweeters to RT their tweet again on a click..

    Thanks!

    • just change yr password budy and they wont be able to tweet from yr account again

      • Neeraj.. Thanks for the suggestion..
        I did πŸ™‚

  25. @pprakash – yes indeed most sought after features πŸ™‚
    @srusthi – thanks deary
    @chetan – thanks for pointing it out that tweeps may start flooding twitter wit emoticons – serious consideration
    @shakthi – wow do u think i ll get a job with @twitter. I would love it
    @ashokbanker – sir, i hope i would blog more often henceforth. ur comments re a definite boost (but i like cerelac more :P) Thanks a ton sire
    @rattzzz – yeah we Indians re emotional idiots πŸ˜›
    @Harshit – totally loved d way u comment. n yeah also d poll! πŸ™‚ hugs
    @shamz – DM SEARCH – thanks for d suggestion mate
    @magesh – go ahead , start one! wat shall v name it!
    @prats – thanks
    @adi – frankly adee i thot bday notification shud be included after u forgot my bday 😦 n no dont worry i dont drink!
    @kanika – right on kanika – but dabr n gravity has tat option
    @vikas – ha ha but who will read it. you???
    @Aham – taali!!
    @neerja – thanks mam 
    @kirti – yes web interface needs a big time revamp
    @chandrashekar – ur comment is the 100th comment on my blog 
    @danish – totally appreciate ur comment mate 

    Thank you all, I have learnt loads through this one simple post. Was apprehensive of posting it considering it may sound amateurish but then decided to post it and I don’t regret!!
    Cheers
    Hugs
    Nadhi

  26. I’d like to say that – all that I wanted to say has been said.. πŸ˜›

    but this is what I’ll want:

    1. Mutual followers
    2. No bots
    3. No failwhale = more servers for the bird please or something
    4. RT button
    5. Favorites in DM
    6. Handle change, tweet salamat
    7. Filhaal itna hi.. πŸ˜›

    But understanding that twitter is down every other day, I think this will take some time to come by.

    Also monetizing methods for twitter because its rivals like facebook are minting huge money, while all networks tend to ape twitter

    That will be all your honor, the defense rests its case.

    Thanks!

    Shantanu.

  27. Agree almost all the points here

    Agree with Shantanu’s points too

    I hope Twitter takes note. πŸ™‚

    Vivek

  28. for the poll me thinks u need to thank me too πŸ™‚

  29. @neerja
    I’ve mentioned u in the poll. u on Twitter?

  30. #twugs back πŸ™‚
    write more interesting stuffs!!
    @mageshcse

  31. Most of the points are good points, and there’s no reason to believe twitter won’t roll them out – perhaps they have their reasons ?
    Some of the things:

    > Changing the handle is very simple
    As an end-user perhaps, without fully knowing/understanding twitter’s database structure, I can only guess that the reason for starting a-fresh is possibly that the username is used as a “key” field.

    > twitter introduces birthday notifications.
    Not sure this would be ideal – send a birthday note, as how, a public tweet ? Whom does the tweet attribute to? You see, a tweet of Person X can be seen by person Y only if person Y follows Person X, or if Person Y glimpses the Public timeline – and by chance Person X’s tweet gets featured on it. Given the amount of tweets flowing every second/minute – this is likely to get lost.
    If we have a global handle for birthday tweets & I follow it, then I will be able to catch birthday wishes of all, regardless of me following them or not, making it – well – spam.
    If twitter does an autotweet from the birthday person’s acount ( “Happy birthday to me” ? ) then – its not a viable route either.

    > I would definitely love to see emoticons
    Personal opinion, text based emoticons is just fine πŸ˜‰ Practically – Pictorical emoticons – will require more than 140 characters taking into consideration- image embedding link πŸ˜‰

    > Reminder or poke mails
    twitter already hashad this feature – called nudge. Seems to have disappeared now.

    > have a retweet button
    twitter’s finetuning the retweet API, the feature should come soon.

    Just my $0.02
    Cheers

  32. Add unfollow tweet notifications to the list..! πŸ˜›

  33. You write a book on Twitter. we will do the PR of that (Book review and other drama) free of cost for you. πŸ™‚

  34. thumbs up to points 1-4. the emoticons would demand more characters which means it’d demand more than 140 characters or we’d have to split our tweets into 2 or 3.
    notification mails are one of the main reasons FB went down. Twitter becomes beloved once u get the hang of it..
    besides, who needs the bulk of FB and Orkut to come and ruin Twitter. remember the damage the numbers did to FB?

  35. Hey considering #5 , there’s already an option..
    NUDGE username
    It pokes ur friend!!

  36. Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  37. Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.
    LOL,

  38. post 10:30 PM moderation can be a problem due to timezones!

  39. one more feature needed….
    Facebook like mentions
    i.e when ppl enter ‘@’ it should suggest names from their friends list
    then twitter web interface would be great πŸ™‚

  40. just followed you and made it 1400(i think πŸ˜› )

    • Thanks buddy πŸ™‚

  41. Cool post..totally relevant… !!!

    Would love for twitter to have more emoticons!! πŸ™‚ rst of it am happy as it is… tweetdeck has made life so much easier n gotten me to do more tweeting…

  42. I have a new job. As part of my freelance work I started offering services to companies where I tweet for them. The most surprising part is that I have found some customers! The subjects aren’t the most exciting in the world, I tweet about things like term life insurance, but work is work! And I am learning about industries that I never knew much about. It’s fun so far.

  43. I appreciate the simple suggestions made for betterment.


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