Redesign

We just Rekt everything

This week, I established our first magical moment:

Simply open our site to see the top articles shared by the top experts in a given field—with live updates from Twitter.

To do this, I first investigated the differences between our "algorithm" (i.e. this massive PostgreSQL query that I shared earlier in #tweetscape) for ranking top articles and the one used by Rekt (which is a reliable OG for crypto news from Twitter). Turns out, the only major difference in our approaches were:

  1. Rekt has their own proprietary influencer ranking algorithm (similar to the Borg Collective's algorithm for trust but more effective for the Crypto niche Rekt resides in) and, more importantly;
  2. Rekt includes quoting tweets (tweets that quote tweets with article links) in their article aggregations.

Thus, I integrated those adjustments into our existing queries so you can now view Rekt-quality rankings for any Twitter list or Hive cluster. And the Borg Collective just released some pretty cool new clusters: you can now explore top articles for climate change and (as soon as Hive indexes them) cannabis or even yoga.

Clutter free redesign

I've redesigned TS to feel more app-like and am using react-spring to add fluidity to every user interaction.

Some of the feedback @Shingai shared earlier emphasized how Tweetscape's columns felt overwhelming: there was just so much content on the screen at once to be explored. Recently, I've also been feeling pretty overwhelmed as I start to use Twitter more; there's just so much good information being shared and so much going on that it's hard to figure out what to focus on. Tools like TweetDeck, although useful, can sometimes even amplify this overwhelming feeling (e.g. by showing you way too much all at once).

I'm thinking that Tweetscape can work to reduce that clutter (and that "a little bit of everything" feeling that pervades Twitter) by having a minimalist design similar to Notion—the interface disappears when you don't need it—so you can focus on your reading—and appears just as you reach for it.

It's still very much a work-in-progress, but I think this initial redesign gets us a tad bit closer to the point where opening Tweetscape becomes a relaxing experience where you're able to be intentional about what you learn about (and go deep into a few topics everyday instead of simply skimming over the shallow surface-level "what's happening" that Twitter's existing feed design encourages).

See #72 for technical details.

[Teaser] Explore anyone's feed

Because of the way TS (Tweetscape) is architected (and, for that matter, Twitter itself), it's a trivial task for me to let you view another person's Twitter feed. You'll be able to explore what @elonmusk or @POTUS sees in their feeds.

Eventually, you'll be able to compare, side-by-side, what @POTUS v.s. @RealDonaldTrump see in their feeds and get a better understanding of how someone else may see the web and, in turn, the world.

This is just a small example of the experiments that can be run on an open Postgres-based Twitter. We can't wait to see what you'll build once given the tools (e.g. an unencumbered PostgreSQL clone of Twitter) that we now have.

Fixes & Improvements