Twitter annoyance

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I haven’t heard anyone specifically mention this, but it is quite an annoying issue I have noticed with twitter. I will be looking at a tweet I find interesting, and before I have a chance to commit to clicking on a link and/or retweeting the whole tweet (or right before/during the point when I am trying to interact with it), it just completely disappears off the screen. Ostensibly because the app has updated to more recent tweets. Sometimes I am able to locate it again, although this always takes a great deal of effort. Other times no amount of effort pays off and it apparently disappears into the ether. This happens all the time, at least when using the phone app. Clearly this updating nonsense that makes whatever you are actually trying to look at disappear is less than stellar for the user experience. Updating the displayed tweets should, in my opinion, require some sort of input from the user before taking place. It also seems like something ripe for abuse for things twitter decides shouldn’t be seen.

Today I was particularly annoyed because someone had made an intriguing image clearly demonstrating the hypocrisy of the Washington post and specifically a Chris Cilliza which disappeared when I tried to retweet. A few days ago this “journalist” wrote a column saying everyone needed to stop talking about Hillary’s health. Then today admits that maybe it is a real concern after all. I tried to find this image again by scrolling up and down the recent traffic but it was gone, gone, gone. I decided I would remake a very similar image myself just so I would have the opportunity to share some version of it:

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Even more strange was that instead of retweeting my intended target, this tweet by Benjamin Netanyahu got showed up and was retweeted instead. Nothing particularly outstanding about this tweet, but I must say it is a very, very odd thing for that particular thing to be retweeted instead of the one abut blatant hypocrisy of the Washington post with respect to Hillary’s health and candidacy. And to describe this in more detail, there was literally zero time between when I clicked the retweet button and the intended target was replaced by this. I tapped my finger down when it was the Washington post image, and by the time my finger was lifted it was the Netanyahu tweet.

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