This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

How to Make Twitter Better

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's really quite insane.

I'm so excited about the things we're doing on TheStreet that I wake up at all hours of the night compelled to work. Because my wife would kill me if I fired up the home office at two, three, four in the morning, I do stuff exclusively on my iPhone at those times.

She permits me to power the computers, open the blinds and turn on the lights no earlier than five in the morning. In the interest of keeping a happy marriage, I make that compromise.

TheStreet's Editor-in-Chief, Bill Inman, has this nasty habit of calling me at like 5:15 in the morning, California time. He phones from Wall Street where, of course, it's three hours later. My wife loves Bill and she's cool, but she shoots dirty looks every time my ringtone blares at that hour.

She's perfectly content, however, that I write/send email and play with Twitter in bed, on a mobile device, in the middle of the night.

During the wee hours, however, my Twitter feed slows considerably. The same thing happens on Friday afternoons, parts of the weekend and on some holidays.

Here's why.

Because I was following way too many people, my feed, during normal working hours -- 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Don't worry, I take breaks) -- moved way too fast. To some extent, it rendered Twitter useless. With such a lightning fast scrolling of Tweets, I missed tons of content I know I would have liked to see.

So I cut the number of people I follow from over 500 to under 300.

During the day, it works great. At off hours, however, the Tweets come in agonizingly slow. At those times, I'm likely missing stuff because I don't follow enough people.

There's this 'follow too many people, feed flows too fast, don't follow enough,' feed moves too slow thing going on here.

Twitter can alleviate this problem and, equally as important, further personalize its platform by adopting what I'll call "congestion pricing" even though there's no money involved.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,912.11 -70.48 -0.42%
S&P 500 1,969.95 -8.96 -0.45%
NASDAQ 4,442.6980 -2.2110 -0.05%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs