Once Only

These are the ways I will end up seeing your article or link more than once:
  • In my aggregator, I saw your blog post before you tweeted about it
  • Using Readtwit (the only web service integrated with Twitter I could get excited about in 2009), I saw your blog post through the Readtwit RSS feed before I saw the tweet about it, which I already saw in the Readtwit feed item's initial paragraph
  • you syndicate your Facebook status updates to Twitter, or the other way around
  • Using my iPhone-based Twitter client, I saw your tweet, then saw it again in my desktop-based Twitter client, then another time in my web-based Twitter client
Either way, I saw your post and/or tweet at least twice, and usually more times. I only need to see it once, usually. So how do I accomplish that? Ideas:
  • central messaging service where everything goes, synchronized with my mobile device du jour
  • unsubscribe from notifications (see below)
  • simplify, use only one consuming client for each messaging stream (Twitter especially)
  • multiple messaging clients that all talk to each other showing only the messages where I left off

Direct messages

In part this is bad setup on my part, but here are the amount of times I see a direct message, each time it's flagged as unread before I have to "read" it.
  • usually as an email, since I seem to get that first thanks to Exchange on my iPhone (using a Microsoft protocol on an Apple device to access a Google service...)
  • then as a push notification thanks to Boxcar
  • then in Tweetie 2 for the iPhone
  • then, likely, in Tweetie for the Mac
I could:
  • turn off email notification, but that's the last resort of direct messages to make sure I see it
  • turn off Boxcar notifications, but I like seeing it in the notification flow
  • just deal with the unread status in Tweetie 2 for iPhone
  • just deal with the unread status in Tweetie 2 for Mac
Matt Haughey suggests that a read status in Twitter's database could help. http://twitter.com/mathowie/status/7096785779