Today I became the unwitting perpetrator of a modest outbreak of cyber-bullying. My colleague and fellow PR Media blogger @jonclements was on the receiving end because I had accused him of spoiling twitter by using more than 140 characters. I should explain.
Tweetdeck has been rolling out version 0.37.2 incorporating deck.ly a facility for posting longer tweets. Jon likes it. As for me, not so much, and it seems that I’m not alone. My slightly tongue in cheek micro blog generated two dozen responses in just twenty minutes and it seems that most users agree that breaking the digit limit is off side.
Deck.ly only works in Tweetdeck. Users of other twitter applications get a link to the longer tweet. Despite this it has provoked considerable ire. A thread on the Tweetdeck support forum entitled ‘Let’s turn off deck.ly’ has attracted nearly 100 comments in just a week. According to the twitter blog Tweetdeck is the leading third party application for twitter so it could change the way many people use twitter. I believe that part of the beauty of twitter is its brevity. Tweetdeck has responded and a new version v.0.37.3 which has the option of disabling the add-on. But is that enough?