My views are altogether more rueful. It’s not that Twitter bought Tweetdeck, spent a few years slowly stripping it of its features and now appear to be killing many of its manifestations, it’s what Tweetdeck could have been.
But there’s another kind of reader, an aggregator, that works differently, and I think more efficiently for the human reader. Instead of having to hunt for new stories by clicking on the titles of feeds, you just view the page of new stuff and scroll through it. It’s like sitting on the bank of a river, watching the boats go by. If you miss one, no big deal. You can even make the river flow backward by moving the scollbar up. To me, this more approximates the way I read a print newspaper, actually it’s the way I wish I could read a print newspaper — instead of having to go to the stories, they come to me. This makes it easier for me to use my brain’s powerful scanning mechanism. It’s faster, I can subscribe to more, and my fingers do less work.
Tweetdeck brought the power of rivers of information home to me, particularly as a real time human sensor network.
Time for some better tools.