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From Darren Hague <>
Subject Re: New branch for UI
Date Sun, 07 Mar 2010 20:31:57 GMT
The public timeline can be useful in the early days of a microblogging
service, as I have recently discovered with the introduction of SAPTalk
at SAP. While there are only a few users of a service and the social
graph is very sparse, the public timeline is the easiest way to find &
follow new people.

Once the service is established, the public timeline is much less useful
- but it's still quite a good way for complete newbies to get a feel for
what's going on. Without the public timeline, new users have a chicken &
egg problem to deal with - they access the service, see very few (if
any) messages, and wonder what the big deal is with all this
microblogging nonsense and don't come back for 6 months.

Just my 2p,

On Sun, 2010-03-07 at 18:51 +0200, Vassil Dichev wrote:
> > IMO we don't need it.
> > We have search and streams.
> >
> > On 7. mars 2010, at 17.25, Richard Hirsch wrote:
> >
> >> Do we even need the public timeline? Or should it just be accessible
> >> via Streams Page.
> I've said before that I don't see much utility in the public timeline,
> and it also poses performance problems, as it's difficult to cache and
> doesn't scale well.

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