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February 3, 2009

I must have been living in a cave, or just forgotten, but TwitterCounter tracks your Twitter followers (via Ross Hill on FF)

TwitterCounter Stats: We Track & Analyze @duncanriley

Conclusion from my stats: Twitter works best if you be yourself. I quite often share inane things, weather, finance, stuff I find, and sometimes what ever pops into my head, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My thx to all those following: you’re following because you either like me, or like what I have to say, not some social media friendly picture of what I should pretend to me. Hint to some others: you’re trying to hard 😉

The big buzz today is around, a new open source, and open platform microblogging service. That the code is open source is great in itself, but the biggest breakthrough is support for the new OpenMicroBlogging standard, which means that in theory, anyone could host the script and each service would talk to each other, creating a distributed, decentralized Twitter.

Dave Winer has been talking about something like this for months, and a while back I wrote on another site that while it was a great idea, it wouldn’t happen, because no one would build an open platform like this because the economics of doing so didn’t add up. After all, if you’re a startup, with funding, why would you build something that others could take and use, possibly (and likely) to bypass the startup in the medium to long term. Centralized services are popular for a reason: it keeps people coming back to the destination site.

I was wrong. Someone has done it. The folks behind have done it, and I couldn’t be happier.

There’s already a lot of discussion around v Twitter in relation to features and usability, and I get a lot of the negative sentiment. as a stand alone service is basic at best, and perhaps I’d even go as far as calling it fairly lame, as the current version isn’t exactly exciting for the end user. But that’s irrelevant in the bigger picture. Even if and code that runs it turns out to be complete failures, it has achieved one thing: it proves that open source, decentralized microblogging is possible, and that it can be done.

It’s way to early to make a call on the code and the OpenMicroBlogging standard at this time, and even then I’m no expert in code so I’m not remotely qualified to make a call on where it is at, although I will be playing with it shortly. But I can call it a start. As I described it in a FriendFeed thread, it’s a freedom seed, the start of something much bigger at a time the market is desperately seeking alternatives as the Twitter train wreck keeps on chugging. The only question now is how quickly will new sites pop up that run this code, providing improved consumer choice and driving the open source project forward so that it may one day fully compete with Twitter, and then eventually pass it.

More on The Inquisitr here.


May 26, 2008

This post needs to be at the top of Techmeme. That is all.

CNet reports that Andrew Baron has pulled the auction for his Twitter account. It was a clever little publicity stunt from day one, and credit to Andrew on it, but the following sounds severely retarded:

Essentially, he said, a fellow Twitterer wrote him suggesting that the people who were bidding the eBay auction well into four figures were “all spam marketers, people who will do anything just to get their name out there, people who don’t understand Web 2.0 and blogging.”

“I already knew,” Baron said, “there would be a great range of different types of (possible) outcomes. But I believed that I would be able to manage the outcome by trying to make a positive outcome for the buyer, for my friends and followers. Even if it wasn’t a good fit, I (believed) I could work with them. But after I heard that they were all just spam marketers, that just kind of killed it for me and I didn’t want to risk that.”….

Instead, he insisted to me, he just felt very uneasy about having the account–and his many followers–fall into the hands of people who didn’t necessarily have any idea how to use the account in a way that benefits all concerned.

WTF did he think would happen? that some utopian hippy would buy the account and spread peace and goodwill to his followers? lolz

Time for some appropriate Ben Folds Five 🙂