Twitter removing the “Via” stamp from posts

We all use different clients to Tweet our musings or update our Facebook statuses, even if we don’t realise it. It is only when you look back on the posts do we see the different applications that we have posted from. Not anymore, thanks to Twitter.

After successfully removing the functionality from its iPhone app in July, Twitter has removed the same functionality from the web client. Simply put, when you Tweet from your browser, your followers won’t know how you posted the Tweet, or more specifically what application you used. It is understandable that Twitter would want people to use their own solution, rather than a third-party solution such as Twittelator, moTweets or Twidroyd.

Twitter’s Display Guidelines, which will become rules in six months, have failed to mention that displaying the via tag is not how it wants third-party clients to act. It is this exclusion that is fuelling speculation that the rule will eventually be rolled out to all clients.

The main thing is though that Twitter is trying to make the reading experience consistent, rather than have users see posts from multiple client applications. The knock on effect is that first-party applications get priority from Twitter when it comes to promotion, meaning that third-party solutions will need to market their solution more heavily now that what was essentially free advertising is disappearing.

Source and Image: The Next Web

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Nice! I wish Facebook would do this too. I hate the "via iPhone" of "via Mobile" on my posts. I don't need that there. Waste of space and for what purpose, really?

I kind of prefer the "via" thing. That way people can see if I tweeted from my phone or Windows 8 app, therefore knowing I might not be able to reply as quick, etc.

Twitter should just buy Tapbot and make this client the default. Also their OSX client still in alpha but better than anything else out there.

Then, this way, they can do whatever they want !

Pink Floyd said,
Twitter should just buy Tapbot and make this client the default. Also their OSX client still in alpha but better than anything else out there.

Then, this way, they can do whatever they want !


Sorry, but Twitter is absolutely horrible at "improving" things, I don't want them to mess with my Tweetbot.
It's one of the few things that make me still use Twitter and bear with that backwards service.

GS:mac

I wouldn't be surprised if a better alternative will come out soon after all the restrictions they're coming up with

Cannot read the text the arrow is pointing to in the picture Neowin posted.

http://cdn.thenextweb.com/wp-c...ir/1/files/2012/08/56mp.jpg

Oh, so that's what it said.

Want to stop resizing things for your fixed-width smartphone based site and instead go back to your old stretching design suitable for widescreen PC monitors? Or how about putting an auto-sizing picture in the frame so we can click on it and get the full view?

It baffles me why Neowin continues to post pictures with their articles. Why not save time (because they're manually resized to fit the page) and bandwidth (hosted on Neowin's servers instead of source article) by not having any at all?

DAOWAce said,
Cannot read the text the arrow is pointing to in the picture Neowin posted.

http://cdn.thenextweb.com/wp-c...ir/1/files/2012/08/56mp.jpg

Oh, so that's what it said.

Want to stop resizing things for your fixed-width smartphone based site and instead go back to your old stretching design suitable for widescreen PC monitors? Or how about putting an auto-sizing picture in the frame so we can click on it and get the full view?

It baffles me why Neowin continues to post pictures with their articles. Why not save time (because they're manually resized to fit the page) and bandwidth (hosted on Neowin's servers instead of source article) by not having any at all?


Agreed. Extremely crappy pic.

Oh good, another way to alienate their userbase. I bet everyone will start finding alternatives soon. Their first-party apps are appalling. I mean, they really ruined TweetDeck, it used to be an awesome desktop client, now it's just a poor HTML page.

Next they'll be saying tweets must be 50 characters or less, and no links allowed.

WizardCM said,
Oh good, another way to alienate their userbase. I bet everyone will start finding alternatives soon. Their first-party apps are appalling. I mean, they really ruined TweetDeck, it used to be an awesome desktop client, now it's just a poor HTML page.

Next they'll be saying tweets must be 50 characters or less, and no links allowed.

Omg really? They only removed the "Via.." its not the end of the world and personally I see nothing wrong with TweetDeck.

SuperKid said,

personally I see nothing wrong with TweetDeck.

I'm with WizardCM on that one; I don't like the new TweetDeck, mainly due to the lack of realtime updates, and also the lack of the option to display follower counts of each user in your feed (yourself included); that updated with each tweet, so it was a great way to keep track of your follower count.

At the rate Twitter is going, I'll be surprised if we're still allowed to even use third party applications to post tweets in a couple years. Apps like MetroTwit are the only reason why I even have a Twitter. Twitter's site is just unusable, IMO. So, I can't imagine how crappy their own app is.