Tag Archives: Twitter

Spolsky on Twitter

When the apple is ripe but a mere breeze is all that’s required to dislodge the fruit …  I recently read this comment by Joel Spolsky and promptly quit Twitter, have felt undescribably better ever since:

Although I appreciate that many people find Twitter to be valuable, I find it a truly awful way to exchange thoughts and ideas. It creates a mentally stunted world in which the most complicated thought you can think is one sentence long. It’s a cacophony of people shouting their thoughts into the abyss without listening to what anyone else is saying. Logging on gives you a page full of little hand grenades: impossible-to-understand, context-free sentences that take five minutes of research to unravel and which then turn out to be stupid, irrelevant, or pertaining to the television series Battlestar Galactica. I would write an essay describing why Twitter gives me a headache and makes me fear for the future of humanity, but it doesn’t deserve more than 140 characters of explanation, and I’ve already spent 820.

Give me one example of in app purchase on the iPhone

In app purchaseThere’s so much talk about in app purchase but just try finding an example of a live app that’s using it.

I found one, but it took me over an hour of Googling. For the benefit of future searches you can try out in app purchase in Tweet Push, an app that costs 99¢ and has “successfully” implemented the feature.

I say successfully, in fact the first purchase I made, 99¢ for 30 days of Twitter push notifications (yes I know I can get this for free with Boxcar) just hung. I waited around 5 minutes and the purchase confirmation just hung, ie, spinning wheel.

Then when I tried to purchase the credit again I was informed I had already purchased it! Only then did the indicated “30 days credit” update to “60 days credit”.