Sunday, May 25, 2008

Good, bad and indifferent

Timeline Excuse me while I ponder on a few thoughts which are going round inside my head.

In the beginning was the Blog. The Blog was the Word. And the Web looked upon the Blog and saw that it was good.
Except that most of the celebrity-obsessed idiots in our culture can't string two words together, but at least the Blog allows indexing and searching for serendipitous discovery. Much more importantly, blogging writing is hard work. Not many people keep up a blog for any length of time, which severely limits participation.

Then came Twitter, and word-stringing became less important. There's a limited amount of damage you can do to the language in 140 characters or less. And as Twitter is text-based, it still allows indexing and searching for serendipitous discovery.
Except that Twitter was chronically unstable and the Twitter-elves admitted that they didn't know how to fix the problem. So the Twitterati started muttering about jumping ship.

Twitter was followed by FriendFeed, which was like Twitter, except that it worked.
Except that FriendFeed isn't like Twitter. Twitter itself is hard for people to grok, but they get there eventually. FriendFeed is an order of magnitude harder to understand. This technologically superior service will not compete with Twitter once Twitter gets it's act together. It was VHS versus Betamax all over again.
Are there any Thwirl-like applications for FriendFeed? Doh! Twhirl *is* a FriendFeed client!

Most recently we have Seesmic. Seesmic might solve the participation problem because even an idiot can click, talk and click.
Unfortunately, idiots tend to talk rubbish, at great length, once the entry barrier of writing is gone. And Seesmic video does not allow indexing and searching for serendipitous discovery. So Seesmic needs automatic tagging, some sort of resource discovery mechanism and a 90 second time limit like a Flickr long photo.

So how do I resolve all these thoughts in my head?
By blogging about them. Because unlike the others, blogging is reflective and helps me think.


  1. What a fantastic post! I'm really thinking about using Seesmic.

  2. Make sure you let me know your Seesmic username when you do so we can chat.