[Haskell-cafe] the beginning of the end

Brandon S Allbery KF8NH allbery at ece.cmu.edu
Sun Dec 5 21:22:09 CET 2010

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On 12/5/10 15:07 , Andrew Coppin wrote:
> you actually cannot do something as trivial as follow a conversation

You can, just not via the web site.  I do it in Tweetdeck all the time.

That said, the important thing about Twitter is that it's *broadcast*.  If
you try to force it to be an AIM/Windows Live Messenger etc. replacement,
you will be unhappy; if you use it as itself, it actually works fairly well.

But "for itself" doesn't include reliable delivery in any sense; not only
does it not provide any guarantees that the recipient(s) received or saw any
given message, but the service itself is unreliable (constant outages, and
the "fail whale" (referring to the message the web site displays when the
service is overloaded) shows up a lot even when Twitter's up.

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