Twitter is really really rubbish

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Post » Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:43 am

Twitter has really freaking annoyed me lately, so I came here to rant about it. It was working nicely as a simple place to paste links as a replacement for writing longer news updates. Then shortly after I put a forum link to the Twitter feed to replace the announcements forum, I found it was breaking all the links for users not logged in!

Here's a link I posted to the 0.99.96 build thread on Twitter:

http://www.scirra.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7533

If you're logged in, it displays correctly. If you're not logged in (a guest) you get this link instead:

http://www.scirra.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7533

See the & turned in to & and the link no longer works - anyone remotely familiar with the very basics of HTML knows that's an escape code for &. Twitter are processing their escape codes wrong. This is an embarrassingly amateurish mistake which suggests somebody there really hasn't a clue what they're doing.

Then I read Twitter is valued at $1.5bn, and I can't paste a link to the forum on Twitter.

The world is crazy. I don't want to set up another feed; I'll work around it with URL shorteners for now, their support isn't responding.

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Post » Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:21 am

So why didn't you use URL reducers in the first place? It's pretty much the accepted norm on Twitter.
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Post » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:27 pm

Because the URLs usually fit anyway! Why should I take the extra step to shorten it if it fits?
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Post » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:22 pm

Download TWEETDECK!

You can manage the twitter account much better, and it already shortens your URLs, along with other nice features!
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Post » Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:56 pm

Meh, just add an RSS feed. Its just XML, and that would give a few of us a reason to make a feedreader with Construct. :P
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