I had to leave work early on Wednesday and with just over a quarter left of the Thunder vs the Warriors game I thought I’d stream the rest of the contest on my commute. Sadly, I had no such luck as the NBA app doesn’t stream video on Android N at the moment (sadface).
So I decided to follow along on Twitter.
I’m rubbish at curating Twitter lists (the concept and execution is pretty obtuse, which doesn’t help) but I follow a bunch of great NBA Twitter profiles, so my timeline lights up during these Conference Finals playoff games.
Instead of using Falcon Pro, my go-to 3rd party Twitter client, I thought I’d give the native Twitter app a shot to enjoy those sweet, juicy in-line Vines people share during the game. What I experienced instead, was an avalanche of fail as Twitter bombarded me with everything BUT the tweets I was interested in.
Let’s take a quick look.
After one scroll I hit my first ad. I don’t mind ads in the timeline – I get it. But this thing is fucking HUGE, taking up 61% of the feed.
One scroll later and I’m interrupted again, this time by a Who To Follow carousel.
A couple of scrolls later and I’ve seen one or two NBA related tweets. Great, I’m getting in to it… but then this:
That’s right, Twitter has now taken over my entire timeline to display 8 posts that I ‘might like’. Hey motherfuckers, you know what I might like? To see a chronological list of tweets in my timeline so I can follow what’s happening in the fucking OKC game.
So OK, I scroll twice and then, SURPRISE:
Which, again, I get the need for ads but, Twitter, you have completely inundated my timeline with piles of shit I didn’t ask for to the point of driving me out of your app to search out another way to experience the game.
This was a horrible experience. Genuinely horrible. And this is the primary window into Twitter for most users.
The level of weird distain Twitter has for its users is genuinely baffling.