Twitter blames issues with Apple's iOS 8 for loss of 4M new users [u]



  • Reply 21 of 42

    I'm sure it has nothing to do with how Sh!tty Twitter's Official app is......

  • Reply 22 of 42
    mpantonempantone Posts: 2,104member
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post


    I didn't mind the occasional Twitter spam, but like a couple months ago I started getting maybe 20 email spams a day from them so I had to go into the account settings and turn off everything. I get less spam from them now but still a few per day. Very annoying. I wish there was some way for them to realize that their spam has zero effectiveness with me. I have the Twitter account to notify our followers of upcoming developments and events which I use maybe every other week and no one ever complains. We have only around 200 followers in a very specialized niche,  but there are zero people that I follow.

    Most likely, you have failed to turn off all notifications.


    I don't recall the last time I got an e-mail from Twitter. I might get one or two a year and I signed up for the service in May 2009. At least for my personal account, I think I follow about 70 users, have maybe 20 followers.


    I've also set up a Twitter account for work which has hundreds more contacts (people we follow plus followers). That account also gets zero e-mail spam from Twitter.


    I suggest you log back into Twitter (via a web browser) and carefully review the various notifications pages.

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    I am fine with what Costolo said. I was long Twtr into earnings! I am long Apple since lower 400s and sold good chunk near 110-115 post split! Go Costolo Go 8-)

    Bottom line is what I care is what makes money! I do not get emotional about Apple as I won't be marrying her :p
  • Reply 25 of 42
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,369member

    As a developer I can tell you that the iOS 8 rollout was the worst they've ever had.  I've been developing apps since iOS 2.0 and my main app since iOS 3.2 (iPad) and iOS 8 rolled out with terrible bugs that caused serious issues.  Some of those bugs are still not fixed and it's not something that we can workaround.


    If you are interested in reading some of the issues we had run into, check out our blog posts (yes we need to update that blog)

  • Reply 26 of 42

    When I hear that 4 million people got lucky, it warms my heart.

  • Reply 27 of 42
    Bogus. So what if they cant sign in via the ios 8 settings. They can with safari etc. So if folks stopped using Twitter its from something Twitter did. Like those sponsored messages and ad crap
  • Reply 28 of 42
    mr omr o Posts: 1,046member

    What about the ghost accounts on Twitter, like mine?


    Twitter is like a non stop 24/24, 7/7 ongoing reception - the horror the horror - . I use it as a human RSS feed now, checking it once a week. I rarely craft a tweet myself. My life feels much more peaceful now, without the endless stream of mindless (re-)tweets.

  • Reply 29 of 42
    conrailconrail Posts: 489member

    Oh noes!  There are four million less fake celebrity/public figures and clueless teenagers displaying their complete ignorance of, well, everything.  Whatever will we do???

  • Reply 30 of 42
    adonissmuadonissmu Posts: 1,776member

    I like twitter. Its a less personal FB of sorts.

  • Reply 31 of 42
    Is it just me or did the earth stop spinning during this period?
  • Reply 32 of 42
    mpantonempantone Posts: 2,104member

    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post



    Not their stock. Up >15% this morning.



  • Reply 33 of 42

    Originally Posted by 9secondko View Post

    Hashtags just aren't cool anymore.


    Disagree. I recently stopped using Facebook entirely (amazing feat!), and started using Twitter on a daily basis. There are big differences between the two services. With Facebook, I can say "I don't want to see this" (on an advertisement), and it would stop showing me that entirely. No such thing with Twitter... there's so much "noise" to filter through, it still feels very young in its evolution. That said, Twitter is great for keeping apprised of topics and companies of interest, making quick contact with people and companies, and keep others updated of your status. The addition of photos has broadened its user base (ie. porn) dramatically. There really needs to be better filtering in place for it to be a success.

  • Reply 34 of 42

    Originally Posted by mr O View Post


    What about the ghost accounts on Twitter, like mine?


    I think the way that Twitter handles accounts (ie. handles) is truly insane. You can virtually go to any handle that you can think of and it will appear to be taken, yet unused. If you do come across a registered handle that you want, but it's not being used, there's no way to secure it... at all. This is a huge mistake, I think. A missed opportunity on engagement and account uptake.

  • Reply 35 of 42
    Sounds like a smokescreen. If numbers are low next quarter, let's see what excuses they have. Looks like a short squeeze in the market, but the shorts may ultimately be correct.
  • Reply 36 of 42
    I'm still trying to figure out what the purpose of Twitter is.

    If I want stay up to date with a company, website, or blog: RSS feed (Feedly being my reader of choice)

    Individuals I could care less about unless it's about a subject or shared topic (niche) that we may have in common. So anything else that they may be involved in, or their personal life and views... is just not relavent, AND may possibly cause me to value their expertise and judgement about our common subject matter far less than I would've if I didn't "know" more about them.

    As an example: imagine following Apple ][ .... :rolleyes: When he stays on topic he has often good talking points. Outside of Apple (and only Apple!) discussions, well...just... :no:

    Facebook has they same effect on me. Maybe because socially face to face, many (most) of us don't lay our whole life story on the line when we first meet someone. FB and Twitter puts a whole 'nother layer of complexity in relationship developemen. What could become a beneficial casual relationship *IF* a more relaxed timeline was used, instead is held hostage by instant gratification "profiling" of someone after reading their digital timeline. I have a lot of what I consider good "drinking and sports" buddies, that I have absolutely no interest whatsoever about their workplace, family, other social associations, whatsoever.... unless they tell me themselves, which means they think I'm interested, which I very well might be.

    Me personally, if FB and Twitter dissappeared tomorow it wouldn't affect me one way or the other.
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    mpantonempantone Posts: 2,104member
    Originally Posted by ThePixelDoc View Post

    I'm still trying to figure out what the purpose of Twitter is.


    Twitter doesn't have a single purpose, it is used both well and poorly in a wide variety of circumstances, motivations, reasonings, etc.


    If you don't find a use for it you're not alone.


    Every person's usage case is different and people have different motivations for using the Internet's vast array of offerings.


    I have found that Twitter is very useful for receiving news headlines/blurbs from the town newspaper, police department, etc. sometimes in a manner that is far more timely than waiting to go back home and logging into a desktop web browser and perusing news sites. Getting status reports on the local commuter train (Caltrain) via Twitter is very useful in getting nearly real-time information on delays, accidents, etc. This type of news is not available via a traditional RSS feed, blog, mainstream news media site.


    Just a couple of weeks ago, a train struck a pedestrian. I found out standing on the train platform after my own train was 15 minutes late; I just checked various Caltrain news Twitter accounts, decided I didn't want to wait for a bus bridge to be set up, then just Uber-ed my way home. There are a couple of Twitter accounts that allow crowd-sourced information provided by riders, far more timely than Caltrain's official Twitter account or certainly their website.


    From a marketing standpoint, Twitter has been very successfully used by some corporations, sports teams, etc. in developing the interaction with the customers/fan base/etc. by encouraging people to post comments, photos, etc. while promoting the company/team/event/whatever.


    There are myriad cases and uses for Twitter, some of which are well executed, some of which are embarrassingly ineffective or even asinine.


    For me the key to discovering its usefulness is to be very selective in choosing who to follow. I happen to follow a couple of the local sports teams, but I typically mute them during their respective off-seasons. I still subscribe to e-mail newsletters from some organizations because I prefer an occasional well-written/well-edited summarized communication.


    No one is going to use every single service on the Internet. But for sure, Twitter does provide some helpful usage cases, particularly for breaking news. Again, the key to its effectiveness is judicious selection of the people in your feed.


    I don't actually post anything, nor do I follow friends on Twitter. It's only a one-way data service for me at this time. Most people do like to post their own content (words, photos, videos), but I have decided that I am not interested in that for the time being. You are not required to tweet to use Twitter.

  • Reply 38 of 42
    ^^^^ Great post mpantone! Thanks for your insights. Maybe I have to look a little deeper into Twitter. I'm currently overwhelmed by all if the newsletters and about 40 RSS feeds I subscribe to now. But you did a good job piquing my curiosity to search a little harder to see if there's something missing that Twitter might fill in my digital life. :D
  • Reply 39 of 42
    mpantonempantone Posts: 2,104member

    For me, a key strategy was to look at various sources, their frequency, the importance of content "freshness"/timeliness, and decide how I wanted to access that content.


    I've killed off most of the RSS feeds from sites that I was visiting on a regular basis. I've also unsubscribed from many newsletters that were just too frequently sent. Of the remaining newsletters, most of those are signed up with an e-mail account that I check once or twice a day from a desktop standalone e-mail client, one not accessed on my phone's mail client. 


    I still use MyYahoo and an RSS reader, but I'm guessing that within a year, the latter will be dumped, and in a couple of years, I'll abandon MyYahoo (which replaced the now-defunct iGoogle). RSS is still useful for content providers to make their stuff available, but from a reader's perspective (well, mine), it makes less sense today since there are more ways of getting content, whether it be Flipboard, etc. as I spend far less time in front of my computer versus other devices (iPad, iPhone, etc.).


    For me, the whole notion of sitting down in front of a computer screen to read the news is almost as stale as reading a deadtrees newspaper or watching the evening newscast on television.

  • Reply 40 of 42
    Absolutely no fucks are given about Twitter in an Apple executive meeting... until your stupid CEO blames Apple for a feature being removed that was basically padding your user engagement numbers for years.

    This is like Apple claiming that I use their Mail app over 500 times a day because that's how many times it checked for new mail... even though I only actually opened the app to read email 4 times.
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