Twitter Bashing- A Popular Sport Lately

I’ve been on Twitter since the fairly early days. Pre 2007SXSW, if that gives you a sense. And I give at least one presentation a week, plus DOZENS of conversations in various media spots about the values of Twitter and the benefits. But man, I’m really tired of things not working.

Call this the passion of someone who has grown to appreciate the business implications of what Twitter can do (and has done) for me, who sees several alternatives just sitting here revved up, waiting to take your traffic. No, not Jaiku or Pownce. Puh-leeze. Great teams, but they’re not the right play.

But FriendFeed? There’s a case there. Truly. I posted a new item in FF, and got THAT MANY (see above) comments in seconds. In the time it took me to start typing this, there are 14 19 MORE comments. So it’s alive. Truly.

I look on the twitter streams of the folks running the show and find nothing related. Nothing like, “Um, sorry we’re sucking right now, but we’re going to fix it.” And you know what? It was working better a few weeks ago when certain people were being raked over the coals on the way out the door. Tell you what. I miss Blaine.

What comes next? I’m not ready to bet on this one, because Twitter has somehow kept us all here, even when all these other apps were coming out. They all have some subset of better features, but we’re all on Twitter.

But I dunno, team. FriendFeed, if you can learn to work with the noise, I think this might end up picking up some serious “market share” in the social platforms.

Attention Newcomers to Social Platforms

Tread gently on ditching Twitter for FriendFeed. Read about 100 Louis Gray posts before attempting anything of that nature. Truly. It’s not the same vibe, and doesn’t have the same return on efforts as Twitter (not the same, I’m saying).

And me? I’m still on Twitter. But getting a bit feisty.

You?

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  • http://megfowler.com Meg

    I’m going to stick with it, but it’s really not my bread and butter like it seems to be for some of you. For me, it’s just communicating and connecting, and I am happy to make due with IM, texting, email and phone when it’s not working.

    If everyone goes to Friend Feed, I guess I’ll just blog more. :)

  • http://www.ephealy.com/ Ed Healy

    I understand the ‘what’ of FF, but I haven’t been able to figure out the ‘why’ or ‘how’. What I mean is, I know what FF does, but not how best to use it.

    Twitter is easy. I can connect with others, post questions, get feedback, make contacts, arrange meetings, etc…

  • http://www.ephealy.com/ Ed Healy

    I understand the ‘what’ of FF, but I haven’t been able to figure out the ‘why’ or ‘how’. What I mean is, I know what FF does, but not how best to use it.

    Twitter is easy. I can connect with others, post questions, get feedback, make contacts, arrange meetings, etc…

  • http://www.ephealy.com/ Ed Healy

    I understand the ‘what’ of FF, but I haven’t been able to figure out the ‘why’ or ‘how’. What I mean is, I know what FF does, but not how best to use it.

    Twitter is easy. I can connect with others, post questions, get feedback, make contacts, arrange meetings, etc…

  • http://larak.wordpress.com Lara Kretler

    Look, Twitter is what it is — wonderful yet buggy. I think we all just have to deal with it. Let’s make it a drinking game — everytime Twitter goes down, everyone has a drink. At least it’ll make the waiting more relaxed.

  • http://larak.wordpress.com Lara Kretler

    Look, Twitter is what it is — wonderful yet buggy. I think we all just have to deal with it. Let’s make it a drinking game — everytime Twitter goes down, everyone has a drink. At least it’ll make the waiting more relaxed.

  • http://larak.wordpress.com Lara Kretler

    Look, Twitter is what it is — wonderful yet buggy. I think we all just have to deal with it. Let’s make it a drinking game — everytime Twitter goes down, everyone has a drink. At least it’ll make the waiting more relaxed.

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  • http://chrisbrogan.com chrisbrogan

    Twitter will live. We won’t all run away. Inertia is a beautiful thing. But we’re bothered. Don’t discount that.

  • http://chrisbrogan.com chrisbrogan

    Twitter will live. We won’t all run away. Inertia is a beautiful thing. But we’re bothered. Don’t discount that.

  • http://chrisbrogan.com chrisbrogan

    Twitter will live. We won’t all run away. Inertia is a beautiful thing. But we’re bothered. Don’t discount that.

  • http://chrisbrogan.com chrisbrogan

    Twitter will live. We won’t all run away. Inertia is a beautiful thing. But we’re bothered. Don’t discount that.

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  • http://www.confidentwriting.com Joanna Young

    I haven’t tried friend feed, Twitter is such a great system I’m loath to get distracted with something else, or turn my attention away from the people I’ve got to know there.

    But the last few days have been extremely frustrating and will risk people turning away from it.

    There are so many people invested in it – people who know how to make this kind of stuff work, how to make it better, how to turn it into a model that’s sustainable for the people who run it and the people that enjoy using it – are the folks at Twitter tapping into the community they’ve got sitting around waiting for them to get it fixed?

    joanna

  • http://www.confidentwriting.com Joanna Young

    I haven’t tried friend feed, Twitter is such a great system I’m loath to get distracted with something else, or turn my attention away from the people I’ve got to know there.

    But the last few days have been extremely frustrating and will risk people turning away from it.

    There are so many people invested in it – people who know how to make this kind of stuff work, how to make it better, how to turn it into a model that’s sustainable for the people who run it and the people that enjoy using it – are the folks at Twitter tapping into the community they’ve got sitting around waiting for them to get it fixed?

    joanna

  • http://www.confidentwriting.com Joanna Young

    I haven’t tried friend feed, Twitter is such a great system I’m loath to get distracted with something else, or turn my attention away from the people I’ve got to know there.

    But the last few days have been extremely frustrating and will risk people turning away from it.

    There are so many people invested in it – people who know how to make this kind of stuff work, how to make it better, how to turn it into a model that’s sustainable for the people who run it and the people that enjoy using it – are the folks at Twitter tapping into the community they’ve got sitting around waiting for them to get it fixed?

    joanna

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  • http://www.wetpaintfreshcoats.com TroyJMorris

    Twitter is just in trouble all over

  • http://www.wetpaintfreshcoats.com TroyJMorris

    Twitter is just in trouble all over

  • http://shinynewtoy.com J.J. Toothman

    I had to give a presentation about Twitter to folks at Stanford yesterday. I knew in advance that Twitter was bound to be down and it was at time I started. Presentation was missing a demo and thus, less effective.

    But I was thinking about 30 minutes before I had to start that — “This stupid service never stays up and I’m recommending a strategy utilizing twitter to Stanford University? Am I crazy or just dumb?”

    anyway…this tweet about sums up what I think
    http://twitter.com/jjtoothman/statuses/817112401

    but who knows if Twitter will be up so you can see that.

  • http://shinynewtoy.com J.J. Toothman

    I had to give a presentation about Twitter to folks at Stanford yesterday. I knew in advance that Twitter was bound to be down and it was at time I started. Presentation was missing a demo and thus, less effective.

    But I was thinking about 30 minutes before I had to start that — “This stupid service never stays up and I’m recommending a strategy utilizing twitter to Stanford University? Am I crazy or just dumb?”

    anyway…this tweet about sums up what I think
    http://twitter.com/jjtoothman/statuses/817112401

    but who knows if Twitter will be up so you can see that.

  • http://stunewsandphotos.blogspot.com/ Stu Mark

    Do you think that this post got the Twitter folks to release their statement? My money says Yes.

  • http://stunewsandphotos.blogspot.com/ Stu Mark

    Do you think that this post got the Twitter folks to release their statement? My money says Yes.

  • http://stunewsandphotos.blogspot.com/ Stu Mark

    Do you think that this post got the Twitter folks to release their statement? My money says Yes.

  • http://stunewsandphotos.blogspot.com/ Stu Mark

    Do you think that this post got the Twitter folks to release their statement? My money says Yes.

  • http://mariadkins.com Mari Adkins

    My oldest boy is on FriendFeed – he got there before I did!

  • http://mariadkins.com Mari Adkins

    My oldest boy is on FriendFeed – he got there before I did!

  • http://mariadkins.com Mari Adkins

    My oldest boy is on FriendFeed – he got there before I did!

  • http://mariadkins.com Mari Adkins

    My oldest boy is on FriendFeed – he got there before I did!

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    What comes next? I’m not ready to bet on this one, because Twitter has somehow kept us all here, even when all these other apps were coming out. They all have some subset of better features, but we’re all on Twitter.

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    What comes next? I’m not ready to bet on this one, because Twitter has somehow kept us all here, even when all these other apps were coming out. They all have some subset of better features, but we’re all on Twitter.