Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Breaking the Twitter Habit? or, Is Jaiku betamax?

Full marks to Scott Vine at Informationoverlord for his roundup on micro-blogging services titled Is Jaiku betamax?. Scott makes the important point that it's all about where his friends are, and not necessarily how maxed out the feature list is.

Both Scott & I are big fans of twitter, so this isn't a question of allegiances. But with respect to the micro-blogging platforms available and their value to users, I have to wonder ... If there was an open micro-blogging standard, where the front end didn't matter, would twitter still be the tool of choice?

If the people at twitter are smart, they will protect this network at all costs. Don't blame them. Best thing they could do is pretend they own a brand new DNS (analogy) for resolving short-web messaging -- right in the middle of the web's latest layer of infrastructure. Building stability at all costs.

Or in the alternative, someone should create an OpenID equivalent for trusted 'friends' and networking contacts. With the number of email alerts required to seed each new system, portability is becoming increasingly important.

There are plausible alternatives either way, with reliability & user satisfaction still being the deciding factors - IMO. I suspect Scott may yet get to choose his micro-blogging platform. It may just take some time, and Twitter's short term execution will either satisfy or drive others to innovate.


Blogger Scott said...

Seems someone else is thinking along the same lines as us. Post by Mike Gunderloy at Web Worker Daily http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/06/03/how-twitter-could-crash-and-burn/

2:53 AM  
Blogger Jason Eiseman said...


I love the idea of an OpenID for friends and networks. That seems like a logical next step in social networking. The ability to have all your friends saved in one location then simply carry that data to any system you use would be really helpful.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Christine M. Parizo, R.P. said...

I agree with Jason. So many people have so many different profiles on different social networks, and an Open ID would solve the problem of having too many profiles.

6:09 AM  

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