Social Media Without the Tweets and Check-ins

After covering social media for years, it’s kind of surprising to see the most popular social media platforms get to a point where user activity doesn’t matter anymore. On Twitter: Dick Costolo: “The Biggest Misconception About Twitter Is That You Have To Tweet To Use Twitter” On Foursquare: “Crowley compared Foursquare’s trajectory to Twitter. Even […]

Twitter’s Inevitable Consistency

Twitter’s API updates and it’s direction that third party clients need to provide an experience more consistent with Twitter’s was inevitable for an ad supported network. There’s a lot of missed opportunity for Twitter’s advertisers with so many users using 3rd party clients applications who don’t display Twitter’s ad products. Each application styling it’s own […]

Four Platforms That Are Changing Writing

Not since 1998 when blogging was first introduced to the world has writing changed. Recently, four platforms made by start-ups and individuals have done more to change writing than anyone else in the world. Since 1998, publishing and media companies have spent their time trying to adapt their processes and save their businesses. For the […]

App.net: The Country Club of the Internet? // Digital Local

App.net: The Country Club of the Internet? // Digital Local: Granted, it’s not yet clear exactly what App.net’s subscription fee will be. But even a very low fee could prove prohibitive for a large segment of the web. And even if it doesn’t, the appeal of this new network seems limited to a specific demographic, […]

Splitting the Social Network for the Best User Experience

It may be impossible for user experience on a social network to ever become the core focus as long as advertising plays a part in their business. There’s little chance of advertising ever stopping on Facebook or Twitter because they depend on them for revenue. An alternative to removing advertising might be to split how […]

What’s really behind Twitter’s staff exodus – Dec. 19, 2011

People who talk about Twitter as being the “wire while it thinks it is the tin can,” Implying that the value in Twitter is the communications network and not in the products they are building, are missing the point about what Twitter is. Read this story for a reminder about how Twitter is a business. […]

Twitter’s API grew out of its website as a means to enable outside developers to accomplish what the company, with its then-tiny and overburdened team, could not. Now that Twitter has ample resources, the matured platform is enabling the company to build the best applications in the ecosystem in-house. Going forward, it may be that […]

I guess it’s about respect. It’s about a relationship I had, and I think many of us had, with Twitter, that doesn’t seem to be there anymore. And that’s frustrating, and disappointing. But mostly I guess it’s just sad. funkatron.com : My Friend Twitter (via Instapaper)