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Rising: Hating the blue line
If you use Twitter on the web or the official Twitter app, you might have noticed some blue lines in your timeline. It's designed to help you follow the thread of conversations between people you follow, although for the last 12 hours or so those conversations have mainly been about how much people hate the blue line that's helping people follow the thread of that particular conversation.
Oh @Twitter, the blue line is wank. It clogs up my timeline. If I want to read conversations I'll just click them. Stop being bellends.— AngryShopMan (@AngryShopMan) August 29, 2013
the fucking blue line with the updated twitter seems like a glitch i hate it— cate (@icuPayne) August 29, 2013
That blue line reply thing is pissed me off— (ED) (@oitsed) August 29, 2013
There are some good points to be made, of course, such as the way it draws pointless yammering to your attention, although it has to be said that you are actually looking at Twitter, the web's premier source of pointless yammering:
this blue line thing makes it seem like it's gonna be a lot harder to avoid arguments i'd rather remain ignorant of— Amber Eeeeeee (@rare_basement) August 28, 2013
And the fact that the blue line upends the order of tweets in a way that COMPROMISES THE INTEGRITY OF THE DESIGN.
So, on Twitter, down=older, except when there's a blue line, in which case down=newer. #somedesignerneedscrotchkicking— Ed Yong (@edyong209) August 28, 2013
And, of course, the obligatory joke repeated ad nauseum:
The blue line on your new Twitter app means you're pregnant— Riad (@Egg_Culture) August 29, 2013
But mostly it's unfocused rage of the "Mummy it's horrible I don't like it take it away" variety.
@twitter make an update now to get rid of this stupid blue line nonsense— king bee (@berenicedotcom) August 29, 2013
What's the blue line between people!!! It's horrible!!! Why twitter decided to update in this awful way!!!!— Welcome back Eminem (@b_misswhite) August 29, 2013
Seriously this blue line is actually going to do noooooo goooood literally pree everything no need to look through tweets now— BUhair (@StaceyLeeBanks) August 29, 2013
I dunno. It's the same every time any website implements any change. You get untrammelled fury, for approximately 24 hours, at which point everyone gets used to it, realises what the point of it is, gets over the hideous shock and stops reacting as if they've just found a deathwatch beetle in their salad. It's fine. Calm down. Let it go. Remember, you've got a blue line ABSOLUTELY FREE. Gratis. It's a bargain.