In part one of this Post, I argued that Twitter should not be blamed for turning on the developers and clients like Ubertwitter/social and co. I’ll repeat the quote/statement that best summarizes what twitter is doing.
The saying goes, do not bite the fingers that feeds you, but maybe you should, if the fingers stop you from feeding yourself.
So how did we get here?
We, including experts like pg and the Twitter founders did not realise what witter was building. People were too building Twit this, twitter that on top of it. By the time we realised Twitter was having a monopoly on a communication protocol, they became just too powerful.
Why we need an alternative?
Can you imagine if we had only one email or chatting service? i.e only Yahoo providing the worlds email. That is what we
almost have with Twitter. A single company controlling this type of communication medium is just too much responsibility. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” and we are starting to see signs of this.
Who then will provide this service?
I will go with the Ubermedia dudes. First reason is that they have the resources to do it right, in addition to already controlling 10 % of Twitter traffic. Bill Gross also seems like someone who would know how to create and monetize this new platform. At least they won’t have to kick the devs in the balls late in the game.
So why not something OpenSource ?
OpenSource as technology is great but when OpenSource (many technical people) create products, they don’t seem to create products mainstream users might like. If you take a look at the top groups on identi.ca (application of status.net) you will see it is not built to appeal to main stream users.
I believe the timing is right to launch a Twitter challenger because sentiments are high now. Secondly, the UberMedia guys know they will still be kicked off the platform in the very near future. So why wait?
Most importantly, good competition will make Twitter better and more accountable to us all.
What do you think?