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  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Averted with Association Football. When The World Cup was on, it was heavily trended even among American twitterers.
    • Tween, a Japanese-developed Twitter client, is popular in its home country and is one of the top downloads on SourceForge.JP, but outside of Japan, it's obscure at best and dismissed as user-unfriendly at worst.
  • Broken Base:
    • Subtweeting, or replying without mentioning the user you're replying to. While some find it amusing, others find it exceptionally annoying, especially if one isn't following all participants of the conversation.
    • In 2016, rumors sprang about that Twitter is planning to raise the character limit from 140 to 10,000. Some users hope it's true, due to 140 characters being a very limited space in most languages, others think it's excessive and could, among other things, open new doors to harassment and completely change the dynamic of Twitter, arguing that those who want to write a lot should just use sites like Twitlonger or make proper blogs instead. Then there are those in the middle who agree that 140 characters is too small but the increased limit should be something not so radically high.
    • In late 2017, when the character limit was raised to 280, some users were pleased, others were not.
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  • Critical Research Failure: Twitter has always displayed what the trending hashtags are on the sidebar, but starting around 2015, they've actively started to add their own comments to the hashtags displayed in the sidebar... However, the sheer number of times they've commented on a hashtag without checking what the Hashtag being discussed is actually about is staggering. This can get so obnoxious at times that some have actively started setting their home regions to other languages so they don't have to put up with their occasional stupidity. note 
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Pretty much everyone is following one or two Horoscopes (usually and obviously, their own).
  • Fan Hater: Most infamously the Beliebers and Directioners. There was once a "Ban One Direction Fans From Twitter" trend. Yes, because a particular fandom is totally a higher priority than issues such as harassment or bigotry.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Brazilians are notably fond of Twitter and frequently hijack the trending topics with things like #brazilloves[insert popular american musical act such as Justin Bieber or The Jonas Brothers].
    • Notably, "CALA BOCA GALVAO", a complaint against an obnoxious sports announcer that somehow became a campaign for saving endangered birds.
    • Japan is quite fond of Twitter as well; many users are big enough fans that they take features such as real-time tweet streaming very seriously. It also helps that the Japanese language allows squeezing in the same amount of information in less characters than in most Western languages, allowing one to practically write a short essay in 140 characters.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Spambots, who once in a while will randomly reply to one of your tweets with anywhere from offers for free electronics leading to a fradulent link to nothing but a link. They're usually suspended within a few minutes, not that it matters because new spam accounts are always pouring in. This is due to the fact that Twitter, owing to its roots as an SMS service, has no human verification measures during its registration process; you can start using your account even before verifying your email address.
    • Reddit favorite bots. They take the form of accounts with the username "Reddit<topic>", have their bio as "<topic> of the topic in Reddit", and will randomly favorite tweets with matching keywords. Most if not all users agree they're a nuisance and just report them for spam on sight, much like spambots.
  • Hype Aversion: Even people who have never used this website have had their view of the number/pound sign # changed forever.
  • Internet Counterattack: Outrage from Twitter has caused many people to regret their offensive words or actions, as the outrage is often significant enough to get them in trouble with their employers or other real-world consequences.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The hashtag, popularized by Twitter, is often used even outside of Twitter.
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    • SubtweetingExplanation 
    • TweetFur, an anthropomorphised version of the blue bird in the logo, became a huge Furry Fandom trend when it was found that the website had a rule that specifically said not to anthropomorphise the logo.
    • The Ratio, or the ratio of comments to likes and retweets. When the number of comments is greater than the other two, it means that a tweet has likely triggered a backlash. This is known as getting "ratio'd".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Occasionally, you'll find a spambot who quotes one of your past tweets. That's just creepy.
  • Popular with Furries: The Furry Fandom considers Twitter to be one of their main note  websites to talk with other furries, along with Discord and Telegram. This can be seen with the whole TweetFur meme as noted above.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Version 1.1 of its API. Among other things, it only allows clients to perform 15 API calls per 15 minutes (as opposed to the 150 or 360 calls per hour in 1.0), and all clients under 1.1 must conform to a series of "display requirements" that were not part of 1.0. This gives developers less freedom in how to design their clients, and users, particularly heavy users on mobile devices, will experience problems adapting to 1.1. Worse, every client is bound to a limit of 100,000 authentication tokens (or 100,000 users, but some people have more than one account) before requests must be made to Twitter staff for more tokens, effectively forcing a cap on the maximum number of users each client is permitted to serve.
    • Putting your account into protected mode, which only allows users already following you and users whose follow requests you approve to read your tweets, is a useful way to preserve your privacy. However, it will not allow you to interact with users not following back, unless they send you follow requests or have a non-Twitter means of contacting them.
      • For the longest time, protected users' tweets would not show up in searches, rendering the ever-popular hashtag function near-useless to such users. However, an August 2013 update finally allows protected users' tweets to show up in their own searches and their followers' searches.
    • Direct messages can only be sent to people following you. While understandable in that it prevents users' DM inboxes from being filled with spam, it also means you can't have a private conversation with someone not following you (back) unless you have an external means to do so (e.g. instant messaging). However, an udpate in October 2013 allows users to, if they wish, enable DMs from anyone following them, though this comes with the risk of receiving spam messages.
    • Another October 2013 update brings inline image previews to web Twitter and official Twitter smartphone apps. This wouldn't be a problem if previews were optional; while a later update to the official Twitter apps allowed toggling them on or off, users of the Twitter website (rather than third-party clients) are stuck with the previews. What makes this feature a concern is that this feature can be abused to spam pornographic images. While some users are courteous enough to mark their accounts as "containing sensitive content", not everyone who posts such material either knows or cares.
    • Twitter's 100,000 token policy effectively killed off third-party clients for good, which was probably what it was intended to do.
    • Twitter becomes a pain in the ass to use when you actively use more than one account:
      • Twitter's official apps (other than TweetDeck) will only allow you to favorite or retweet with the account you're currently using. If you're using one account, but want to RT content you see to another account, you have to switch to that account and find that tweet (either on your timeline or through a search)—a sequence of actions that can easily take 30 seconds just for a simple command. Some third-party Twitter clients alleviate this by letting you retweet or favorite a tweet you see with any account that's connected to the app, but very few of them exist.
      • Two-factor authentication — Twitter seems to constantly flip-flop on how it should work. Sometimes, they allow authentication via SMS. Sometimes, they make you do it through the app. But regardless, the one constant is that they require a phone number to enroll in 2FA, and even for those who don't find it a problem, for the longest time each phone number could only be associated with one account at a time. Twitter finally enabled authentication with authenticator apps like Google's and Authy in 2017, years after other sites like Google and Facebook started doing it...but you still need to supply a phone number to use it!
    • Related again to API, the poll feature. Those on Twitter Web Client as well as official mobile clients can use them just fine, but woe betide you if you are using a third-party client, or even the second-party TweetDeck, as polls are not supported in those clients. There is no indication in those clients that a tweet contains a poll, and since most users use official clients, they may not be aware of this and as such will not indicate accordingly whenever their tweets contain polls.
    • The "While You Were Away" mechanic introduced in the second half of 2015. In theory, it can be good, as it selects some of the tweets you might be most interested in seeing and moves them up to a section above your main timeline. However, many people have complained about the feature's poor implementation, as it frequently causes the tweets on your main timeline to be presented in the wrong order or to be missing entirely. The "You Might Be Interested In..." feature faces similar problems, especially since it will even sometimes recommend users that you're already following. That doesn't even get into the fact that there is really no option to simply turn these features off entirely, only a "Show me less like this" option that will turn them off temporarily, but it will turn them on again sometime days later.
    • Previously, if you blocked a user, the only indications they would see are that they're inexplicably not following you anymore (if they were following you) and that they receive a "you've been blocked" notification if they try to follow you again, things they would only notice if they were following you or tried to follow you. Now, blocking them gives the blockee a "You are blocked from following (user) and viewing (user)'s tweets" screen when they attempt to view your profile from an official Twitter client, making the block more obvious since they don't have to follow you anymore to find out. Some users, when blocked, will take screenshots of the block screen and post it, either to complain about it or mock the person who made the block, making a setup for Flame Wars and other kinds of harassment.
    • Official apps occasionally show tweets that your follows have liked. At best, this is redundant, given that retweets already serve that purpose, meaning the only real difference is that Liked tweets won't show up on your actual main profile page. At worst, it'll broadcast to one's followers that they liked tweets that they don't exactly want to spread to their followers (porn often being one kind).
    • If you make a new account, there is a chance that, for reasons completely alien to end-users, Twitter will soon afterwards lock your account for "automated activity" until you supply a phone number for verification. This can happen even if you've already verified via email. Not everyone is comfortable giving their phone number out, some don't even have phone numbers (which are not free to own, in contrast to email accounts that take about five minutes to set up on one of many free services at no cost), and even those who are fine with linking their phone numbers find it annoying to have to go through this secondary verification process for what is effectively no good reason.
    • Shadowbanning. If you do certain actions that Twitter does not hint you should not do (such as swearing when replying to someone who doesn't follow you, or even saying something as innocuous as "thanks"), your account will cease to show up in the notifications of other users, and there will be no explicit indication of this.
    • The fact that you're unable to edit your tweets. If you've made a mistake or feel that you could've worded something better, your only chance is to simply delete the first tweet and resend it.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The new retweeting system has been unpopular with the userbase, mostly since the retweets can no longer be edited to add personal comments. Of course, the old RT system still works just fine.
    • Let's just say that old users were not happy in changing the Fave stars to Like hearts in 3 November 2015.
    • There's been a rather large backlash towards the change in how timelines are organized, going from chronological to using a popularity-based algorithm. Many have pointed out how this would cause countless users to be overshadowed by big-name brands & celebrities, with small businesses/creators/accounts being left in the dust.
    • Doubling the character limit to 280 in late 2017 was this to some users.


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