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Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 10:18 am
The case against — and for — Twitter

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(Anonymous)
Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)

...and yet, if i may, Twitter is the total opposite of Farcebook, etc

Twitter turns the tawdry (i.e. personal) into the public, but actually gives very little away

one doesn't have to include much information to start, only one photo at a time, and one does not need to write a description etc, unlike a number of mandatory fields on FB

one can get to know someone through their deeds, not their details (look! he is a 26yo 6ft homosexual who likes Abba!) unless they deign to reveal these, so encourages the average user with both confidence and comfort to Twitter without restriction

as an aside, it will probably go the way of Friendster, or Myspace (very much dying a death in the UK, it seems) eventually, as you suggest. also, rather like Spotify, it's a great service, but may be elusive to try and make any money from, which could ultimately seal the deal

DC
(or http://twitter.com/dalecornish if you are that way inclined)


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krskrft
krskrft
Sat, Apr. 11th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)

There are lots of ways they could use Twitter to make money. They could put up ads, as Facebook has, or they could charge all media companies a fee to use the service, as several blogging platforms do (in return for more robust SDK that lets them integrate it in interesting ways).

Making money should be Twitter's last problem.

I think the bigger problem is that the permanence of its user base is highly speculative at this point. A lot of people have gotten in on the fad lately, but there isn't much there to point to it being anything bigger than that ... a fad. It's not a good idea to build a profit model around a fickle user base.

While I'm no Facebook devotee, at least it offers a proven set of functions, and only really stands to grow its user base over time, barring some major unforeseen fuck-up by the developers/marketers.

Anyway, Facebook is typically for keeping in touch with those people you already know, or new people you meet on any given day. "Look me up on Facebook" is a far more common use than is meeting people through the service itself.


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