In-Game Updates Makes Twitter Annoying | Technology

Published October 6, 2009

I love Twitter. Don't believe me? Then check out my 11,839 updates and tell me I'm not dedicated. The simple interface, the sense of community, the people I get to interact with, I love everything about Twitter -- well almost. A while back third-party companies like Irata Labs introduced gaming to Twitter. At first I was game (no pun intended). I was all about Spymaster until I started noticing all the updates that were being sent for every single activity. Sure, I had the option to turn the notifications off, but the more notifications I had turned on the more experience points I could earn. In the end, I decided to stop playing and keep my gaming on my consoles and my Twitter stream game update free.


So when I ran across an article on Yahoo detailing game developer Naughty Dog's newest title Uncharted 2: Among Thieves' in game Tweeting policy, I was more than a little miffed. Like Spymaster, there is an option to turn the annoying "Completed Chapter 1"-type notifications off, but are they necessary in the first place? The author of the Yahoo article's biggest gripe is the lack of style in the notifications, wishing there was a way to humanize the decidedly deadpan game delivery. While I agree about the lack of wit, I am more concerned about all the unnecessary updates floating around Twitter like so much social networking flotsam.


One of the best things about Twitter is the real-time interaction with other folks expressing their opinions on the matters of the day. I don't want my Twitter stream clogged up with automatic updates about your game progression. As a fellow gamer, I give you props for your prowess, but unless you're adding something of value to my stream, like how to clear that nest of baddies that keeps ripping me a new one, please keep the auto-updates to yourself.


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Written by Sherri L. Smith, BlackWeb20.com <BR>

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