The first tweet was sent on March 21st, 2006 by CEO Jack Dorsey.
From that very first "just setting up my twittr," hundreds of billions of tweets lived together in harmony. Then... everything changed when The Algorithm attacked. Only third party developers, masters of every user demand, could stop it, but when the world needed them most, they vanished. 😮
Well, they didn't quite vanish. In August, Twitter announced sweeping changes to their API that broke most of the features in award-winning Twitter clients like Tweetbot
. And while Twitter brought back the chronological timeline
last month, power users still aren't pleased.
A new third party developer is here to save the world.
Zach Hamed just launched Macaw
, a new Twitter client that surfaces the top-liked tweets from your network. Macaw focuses on tweets and users that you *should* follow, rather than tweets and users you already follow:
"If 5 of the people who you follow like a particular tweet, chances are good that you should read that tweet. Same with users: if a lot of the people you follow suddenly start following a user, chances are good you might want to follow them."
Zach isn't alone trying to fix Twitter. Earlier this year, Sindre Sorhus launched Refined Twitter
, which strips out all ads and algorithmic tweets. Mastodon
, and Leeroy
are rebuilding a decentralized Twitter on the blockchain. Oh, and this fancy Emoji Tweeter
lets 👏 you 👏 type 👏 like 👏 this.