Twitter Fast Forward

You know how it is, occasionally your Twitter timeline gets stuffed-full of one particular topic you're not that bothered about. So press ffwd!

Tweetbot Twitter client screengrab courtesy of Tapbots Inc.

Twitter Client Feature Suggestion - A Fast Forward Button

Here's an idea to make Twitter clients a little bit better; developers may like to consider integrating fast forward (ffwd) functionality into their next release. The concept is simple, now and then it may seem like everyone you follow is tweeting about the same topic - one that doesn't interest you; wouldn't it be good if you could simply fast forward to the end of these tweets? A bit like some people fast forward through ad breaks on TV. It's not that you're tired of the person you're following (because that's what the unfollow button is for) it's simply that one particular topic they're tweeting about is of less interest to you.

When To Use It?

Have you ever not been to a conference that "simply everybody" in your industry or business sector is at and get a little weary of dozens of people tweeting because they're either learning lots or they're bored stiff and want to make their bosses think that they're learning lots? I know I have. Have you ever been working late whilst everyone is tweeting spoilers about a TV show that you are recording and don't want to know about because you want to watch it when you get back home? I know I have.

How Would It Work?

The Twitter client feature would be available for each tweet; if the user finds themselves reading yet another tweet amongst an excessively repeated topic due to a TV programme, a sporting event, a trending topic, a conference or just a flurry of hashtags, then pressing the fast forward button would propel the user forwards through their entire timeline to a point where no-one tweets about the offending batch of tweets.

The fast forward button would need to be able to calculate what the active tweet is actually all about then search forwards until you clear all such topics. Obviously, the risk to the user here is that they may miss other tweets by fast forwarding past them. However, given the short-lived nature of trending topics or TV programmes, the benefits outweigh the potential drawbacks.

Twitter Client Developers

This is an open discussion, the idea is offered freely and unconditionally, please free to consider the implementation of a fast forward button in your next Twitter client release safe in the knowledge that I'll not be pursuing you for a royalty cheque :o)

Andy avatarAndy30th November 1999
Great idea .... but can you express it in 140 characters or less?
This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays
Steve Whiting avatarSteve Whiting30th November 1999
RT: @JayZ "If you don't like my lyrics you can press fast forward"
When I'm done you may view my sauce.
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