I must admit that I didn't put enough weight on the fact that the new retweet API will not incorporate the ability to edit/append/comment on the original tweet. I do have to agree with you, Paul on how common place that practice is.
My mindset was that why hold back a feature that solves one problem just because it doesn't solve two. What I didn't take into consideration is that it creates another problem - disparate methods of retweeting because people will revert back to the old method of retweeting when they DO want to comment on the original tweet. That makes any method of aggregating retweets posted via the API method incomplete. That is a BIG minus. Almost big enough for me to switch sides on this issue. One thing I have believed from the beginning is as you mentioned, this feature obviously spawned from an idea on how to optimize Twitter's back end. Twitter could have easily encorporated the ability to append comments to a retweet into their API. But when you think about the new API as a solution to eliminating dupe tweets and replacing them with short referrer records, that optimization plan only works if you don't allow retweet records to contain additional content. With Twitter's enormous traffic and growth rate, I can see Twitter spending countless hours in system optimization brainstorm sessions every day. With all the solutions I'm sure they are implementing constantly, there are bound to be a few of them that they can't keep transparent to the end users and platform developers. This is obviously one of them. It's reminiscent of a few months ago when they removed the ability for users to view ALL mentions posted by people they follow. They used logical reasoning to justify removing a supported feature to help lighten a process on their system. It upset a small, but noisy percentage of their users, but they survived the backlash. On Aug 18, 1:26 am, Paul Kinlan <paul.kin...@gmail.com> wrote: > Favorites are open to be read, it is just that not many people use it and I > can't actually find who favorited my tweets - (probably no one in my case ;) > - if I had that information I could do a lot of things (with out resorting > to the RT stream). > Paul > > 2009/8/17 Cameron Kaiser <spec...@floodgap.com> > > > > > > Favorites are like secret ballots. That has its place in society, but > > > it doesn't serve the same needs as standing behind some alpha primate > > > and banging your chest in time to stand behind his message. Favorites > > > mark things for personal consumption. They are contemplative and > > > reflective. > > > Actually, I enjoy reading other people's favourites. I even select some > > additional ones I got a kick out of out of them. > > > -- > > ------------------------------------ personal: > >http://www.cameronkaiser.com/-- > > Cameron Kaiser * Floodgap Systems *www.floodgap.com* > > ckai...@floodgap.com > > -- Generating random numbers is too important to be left to chance. > > -----------