Twine is young and it needs time to grow. At present, it's underpopulated and lacks content. But there's a more serious problem. Twine was touted as a web 3.0 application. But it isn't, it's just another social network. Frankly, I'm underwhelmed. Call me Mr Thicky, but what does Twine do that StumbleUpon doesn't? Yes, Twine has some wiki-like functions - but who needs another wiki? The people who seem to like Twine say things like "I never really liked del.icio.us", and that's fine, but for me, del.icio.us is where my social network is, and my network drives del.icio.us, in exactly the same way that the networks will eventually drive Twine. Web 3.0 (when it arrives) is going to be so much more than this. Whatever Twine is, it's not web 3.0 - more like web 2.1. To be really useful, Twine would need to aggregate rather than Balkanize social networks, and link Alun's archaeology stuff from Ma.gnolia with Pownce with JayJay's comms stuff from del.icio.us and Twitter. I can do that with FriendFeed, but it's not "semantic". So what is Twine adding?
If Twine is going to survive (and the web 2.0 crash is coming, before the end of 2008 - November, if not before, would be my rash guess), it needs to come out of invitation-only beta, and quickly, so it can bulk up. But frankly, I don't care, because I have some better and more semantic than Twine right now. That's the networks I have been cultivating, fertilizing and pruning on del.icio.us and more recently on Twitter. I'll reserve my final judgment on Twine for a while to see how it develops, but frankly, it looks like an uphill struggle to me.