Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to

Neil Vineberg, Jaiku's PR guy at the party

I’ve really been bitten by the Facebook/Twitter/Kyte/Jaiku bug. Stephanie Booth, everyone’s favorite Swiss blogger, met me tonight at the Jaiku party (that’s Jaiku’s PR guy, Neil Vineberg holding the Jaiku poster) and said I had to add Dopplr to my bag of tricks (it keeps track of where you, and your friends, are). Forget Dopplr right now, because most of you haven’t yet experienced many of these five services that help you share your presence and other things about what you’re doing, or what you’re thinking about with other people.

Why am I using these services nearly every hour of my waking life? Because they are being talked about and I want to learn what is making people so passionate — nearly everyone in the industry I meet either loves these things or despises them. It seems that every conversation lately is about one of these five services and how they’re potentially changing how we communicate with each other. Translation: there’s a lot of hype here and we’re trying to figure out what they are good for and whether the hype is justified. In my opinion: it is.

I’m not sure what we should call this group of apps. Presence updaters? Microbloggers? Social networkers?

I totally grok why Facebook is quickly becoming the most important social network and presence updater on the Web. If you get added to my Facebook Friends list (it’s easy, just ask) you’ll see that it aggregates a whole bunch of things onto one page. My Kyte videos are there. My Twitter tweets are there. My shared items, er link blog, from Google Reader is there. And a lot more. Plus you can visit any one of my nearly 500 friends and see all their stuff.

So, let’s quickly look at pros and cons of each of these services. First, read Dare Obasanjo’s post on why Facebook is bigger than Blogging to give you a look at his opinion of why these things are getting more attention lately than blogging is.

TWITTER+++++++++++++++++++

Pros of Twitter: It’s the lightest weight of all five of these services. It has the fewest features, but that’s what I like about it. It just provides a constant stream of updates from my friends. I use an app called Twitterrific on my Mac. It’s like an IM service there. I also use Twitter’s Mobile app on my phone to enter Twitter posts (we call them “Tweets”) from the road. Twitter does one thing and one thing well: let me enter messages from IM clients, the Web, a mobile app on my phone, or from other applications via its API and it brings me back my friends’ Tweets efficiently and quickly. Its API brings me tons of apps like my favorite TwitterVision (putting that on screen during conferences always gets ooohhhs and aaaahhhhhs — most people in the world don’t have any clue that something like Twitter exists). So far Twitter has far superior contact handling to its closest competitor, Jaiku, too. That’s one reason why I haven’t switched over to Jaiku yet. I can’t even see if someone has added me as a contact on Jaiku and I can’t add everyone who has added me into my own contact list (something I CAN do on Twitter).

Cons of Twitter: Because it only lets you do one thing — write 140-characters — Twitter gets a LOT of noise. At least it’s noise to someone who looks at my Twitter for the first time. For instance, right now Christian Burns wrote “No really, my arm is killing me.” Now that might seem like noise to someone who doesn’t know Christian. And it is. But, I like hearing such things from my friends. Gives me something to talk about when we get together next time. “How’s that arm doing, Christian?” tells him that I care about him and was paying attention to his Tweets. But it does get old, particularly if you’re like me and you added way too many people into your Twitter contact list. The Twitter service has also been pretty slow. It still takes WAY too long for the Twitter Web site to load up. It’s probably 100 times slower, on average, than a Google page. They need to improve that A LOT to get to Facebook levels. So far it looks like there’s a few hundred thousand people on Twitter. That’s about 10 times as many as Jaiku, but a small pimple on the 25 million that are on Facebook (and Facebook has far less than MySpace).

JAIKU++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Pros: Shows replies to a specific message. I like that sometimes, other times it adds more complexity than Twitter. I like the speed of Jaiku better than Twitter, particularly on the Web app. Part of that might be that I have 4,000+ contacts on Twitter, which is probably slowing down my page load times. The design of Jaiku is nicer than Twitter, too, overall. The mobile app has more features. For instance, if you meet another Jaiku user who has Bluetooth enabled phone it’ll tell you there’s someone new in your vicinity. Jaiku also aggregates messages and RSS feeds and photos from other services. For instance, if you visit my Jaiku page you’ll see my Twitters, my Flickr photos, my Google Reader’s shared items, my blog posts, and more. Adds more complexity than Twitter, but makes it a more useful service too. Particularly for someone who wants a one-page place to show their family everything they are up to.

Cons: the mobile app needs some power-management work. When I use it on my Nokia the battery gets sucked in a few hours (Kyte’s app has the same problem) so I have to be careful to only use the Jaiku mobile app when I have plenty of power, or access to my charger. They say they are working on this. Jaiku’s contact manager needs a lot of work, too. They say that’s on the roadmap, but right now Twitter is way ahead. I also like the Twitter Facebook application better than the Jaiku one.

KYTE.TV+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Pros: Lets me use video, photos, and chat to communicate with all of you. Last night I put up a little video that I filmed with Patrick using nothing but the camera in my Macintosh. Very fast (the fastest way to get video up on the Internet that I know of) and there was an instant audience there to talk about it. Plus, you see the same video no matter where you see my Kyte. Have Kyte’s mobile phone app? You see it there. You’ll also see the exact same thing at the same time on Facebook. Or on my blog (if WordPress let me put the widget here).

Cons: Isn’t a microblogging service like Twitter or Jaiku. So, if all you want to do is tell your friends you had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, you probably will be better off with one of those two services. The UI is a bit confusing. Once you see it used you realize it’s pretty easy, but quick, sign in and figure out how to open a channel and upload a video. It needs too much handholding.

FACEBOOK++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Pros: has the “updatedness” of Twitter and Jaiku but has a ton of other stuff too. Much better contact management than others. The only service that lets third party developers plug in applications. The best “home page” of the group (aka your profile page). Has a Twitter-like feature too, but that’s not its strength.

Cons: if all you want is a way to tell your friends what you’re up to without all the extras Twitter is better for you. I use both. Adding everyone who is following you as a friend is easier on Twitter (much easier, actually).

PLAXO++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Come back on Monday cause I have a lot more to say about Plaxo after they come out with their new stuff.

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Conclusions: if you held a gun to my head and made me choose only one of these services I’d pick Facebook. Especially if I already didn’t have a blog as a platform to communicate with other people. But, there’s a lot of value in all of these, particularly in Kyte.tv because it lets me add video and chat to Facebook and in Twitter, because I have a lightweight way to communicate with other people. I like all of these services, though, for different reasons and will continue using them all.

What’s missing from this list? LinkedIn is the biggest. I have to add that to my toolbag. I also have to try Dopplr. The Radar.net folks showed me a new client they are working on that I’ll have to try out too.

What about you? What’s keeping you from joining in on these services? Do you see any business uses? (I do, will try to write up my thoughts on those).

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Comments

  1. We use Twitter to keep our clients updated about information on our products and services. This is definitely a pretty good business app. Our clients get these messages as text messages on their phone. This instant interactivity using twitter is a big success with out client group. We do have a company blog but twitter brings in some kinda instant communication tool. Apart from this business use, I use twitter, jaiku, facebook, etc. on the personal level too.

  2. We use Twitter to keep our clients updated about information on our products and services. This is definitely a pretty good business app. Our clients get these messages as text messages on their phone. This instant interactivity using twitter is a big success with out client group. We do have a company blog but twitter brings in some kinda instant communication tool. Apart from this business use, I use twitter, jaiku, facebook, etc. on the personal level too.

  3. I’ve got to know what you are talking about with Plaxo. The preview is great, but doesn’t seem ready for Monday.

  4. I’ve got to know what you are talking about with Plaxo. The preview is great, but doesn’t seem ready for Monday.

  5. I choose to call them transitional web apps – you can see more about them at jaikuwiki.org under “transitional web apps” in the sidebar. there’s also links to my numourous blogposts about this tendency and why i think it rocks =)

    be good Robert – hope Maryam’s pregnancy is going fine =)

  6. I choose to call them transitional web apps – you can see more about them at jaikuwiki.org under “transitional web apps” in the sidebar. there’s also links to my numourous blogposts about this tendency and why i think it rocks =)

    be good Robert – hope Maryam’s pregnancy is going fine =)

  7. I’m definitely a frequent user of Plaxo and LinkedIn, but Facebook is the most useful/fun of the services you mentioned.

    The clean interface of Facebook, third-party add-ins and mobile functionality will keep fueling the site’s growth. After linking your mobile, you can actually create content and interact with other users all through SMS.

  8. I’m definitely a frequent user of Plaxo and LinkedIn, but Facebook is the most useful/fun of the services you mentioned.

    The clean interface of Facebook, third-party add-ins and mobile functionality will keep fueling the site’s growth. After linking your mobile, you can actually create content and interact with other users all through SMS.

  9. I use Twitter, Jaiku and Facebook. A lot.

    But I got kicked off FB again today for the third time in two weeks. Apparently I misuse the notes feature, because I import my Jaiku feed there.

    It’s a big problem, especially as I’m advocating using FB for our business.

    Apart from that, there’s the big debate about the shifting boundaries between private/public as well as private/professional.

  10. I use Twitter, Jaiku and Facebook. A lot.

    But I got kicked off FB again today for the third time in two weeks. Apparently I misuse the notes feature, because I import my Jaiku feed there.

    It’s a big problem, especially as I’m advocating using FB for our business.

    Apart from that, there’s the big debate about the shifting boundaries between private/public as well as private/professional.

  11. Agree with Brandon, The Plaxo preview is good and I have been using if for a while now, but not sure if it will be opened for a public beta on Monday. There are a few issues that need to be ironed out…

  12. Agree with Brandon, The Plaxo preview is good and I have been using if for a while now, but not sure if it will be opened for a public beta on Monday. There are a few issues that need to be ironed out…

  13. I had a good answer but it’s super long so I’ll just answer on my blog and trackback to ya. One thing – I haven’t dipped into Plaxo for eons, but I had an experience with LinkedIn that is making me want to try again. LinkedIn helped me get back in touch with a lot of my contacts who were in my Gmail address book and already on LinkedIn. They in turn helped me get plugged back in.

  14. I had a good answer but it’s super long so I’ll just answer on my blog and trackback to ya. One thing – I haven’t dipped into Plaxo for eons, but I had an experience with LinkedIn that is making me want to try again. LinkedIn helped me get back in touch with a lot of my contacts who were in my Gmail address book and already on LinkedIn. They in turn helped me get plugged back in.

  15. Excellent post. Haven’t used Twitter (I should try it) much but Facebook seems to have taken the world by storm; and I can see why. I think they got it just right; clean, fun and huge (genuine) user base.

    Oh, and feel free to add me to your endless list of Facebook contacts Robert :-) (i think they should be using your profile for performance testing)

  16. Excellent post. Haven’t used Twitter (I should try it) much but Facebook seems to have taken the world by storm; and I can see why. I think they got it just right; clean, fun and huge (genuine) user base.

    Oh, and feel free to add me to your endless list of Facebook contacts Robert :-) (i think they should be using your profile for performance testing)

  17. I understood Twitter only recently and like Jaiku look more than twitter’s. Have been keeping away from facebook, because I never liked visiting others’ profiles to see what is happening which is why I like twitter more. But then, my orkut list has 100+ entries but twitter list has 2 :(
    And why do you think dodgeball (acquired by google) isn’t in the race ?

  18. I understood Twitter only recently and like Jaiku look more than twitter’s. Have been keeping away from facebook, because I never liked visiting others’ profiles to see what is happening which is why I like twitter more. But then, my orkut list has 100+ entries but twitter list has 2 :(
    And why do you think dodgeball (acquired by google) isn’t in the race ?

  19. Under no pretence other than shameless self promotion I would also suggest trying out Phuser. Where it differs from the services you have been talking about is that it is extremely low noise because it is for private groups – just the people you care about.

    Because of this it has better network handling than Facebook (easy to keep groups separate: friends, work, sports, family, etc). It also does some cool things with SMS which no-one else is doing. SMS works internationally, not just in the USA and Canada. I admit the site is still a bit rough but we are getting there!

    Friday we are launching our Mornington Crescent game so people can get an idea of what Phuser can do. Do check it out!

  20. Under no pretence other than shameless self promotion I would also suggest trying out Phuser. Where it differs from the services you have been talking about is that it is extremely low noise because it is for private groups – just the people you care about.

    Because of this it has better network handling than Facebook (easy to keep groups separate: friends, work, sports, family, etc). It also does some cool things with SMS which no-one else is doing. SMS works internationally, not just in the USA and Canada. I admit the site is still a bit rough but we are getting there!

    Friday we are launching our Mornington Crescent game so people can get an idea of what Phuser can do. Do check it out!

  21. something like facebook will have a profound impact on ‘paid services’ such as linkedin which are much more inflexible and expensive $$$$.

    it feels very like IM permanently on …

  22. something like facebook will have a profound impact on ‘paid services’ such as linkedin which are much more inflexible and expensive $$$$.

    it feels very like IM permanently on …

  23. I am an interested observer of these services and have even signed up for a few but what keeps me from going full steam ahead is basically that it’s a one way trip. That is, if we assume that it is possible that having all this sort of information “out there” can possibly be a bad thing sometime in the future, well, it’s too late, once you have published. Google knows all, and if Google knows, everyone knows. Basically, it’s too late to change your mind.

    Of course, I am Generation X, and we are a cynical and private bunch.

  24. I am an interested observer of these services and have even signed up for a few but what keeps me from going full steam ahead is basically that it’s a one way trip. That is, if we assume that it is possible that having all this sort of information “out there” can possibly be a bad thing sometime in the future, well, it’s too late, once you have published. Google knows all, and if Google knows, everyone knows. Basically, it’s too late to change your mind.

    Of course, I am Generation X, and we are a cynical and private bunch.

  25. […] Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to Why am I using these services nearly every hour of my waking life? Because they are being talked about and I want to learn what is making people so passionate — nearly everyone in the industry I meet either loves these things or despises them. It seems that every conversation lately is about one of these five services and how they’re potentially changing how we communicate with each other. Translation: there’s a lot of hype here and we’re trying to figure out what they are good for and whether the hype is justified. In my opinion: it is. Read More […]

  26. I use them all for different things. Plaxo and LinkedIn are the most directly useful for business, but if you don’t live in Silicon Valley and are interested in making connections, nothing beats Twitter, where you can get fairly private background on people. As a marketing/PR person, it’s a dream to have all these applications, because you can develop relationships with people you haven’t met. It’s what you said about Fred Wilson. You would LIKE to know him. These apps are also good if you are looking for VC money, because many VCs now blog and you can learn a lot about what they are doing and not come into a pitch unprepared.

    Facebook for me is an aggregator, and it has a more reliable video uploader for me than YouTube and Googlevideo, which time out.

  27. I use them all for different things. Plaxo and LinkedIn are the most directly useful for business, but if you don’t live in Silicon Valley and are interested in making connections, nothing beats Twitter, where you can get fairly private background on people. As a marketing/PR person, it’s a dream to have all these applications, because you can develop relationships with people you haven’t met. It’s what you said about Fred Wilson. You would LIKE to know him. These apps are also good if you are looking for VC money, because many VCs now blog and you can learn a lot about what they are doing and not come into a pitch unprepared.

    Facebook for me is an aggregator, and it has a more reliable video uploader for me than YouTube and Googlevideo, which time out.

  28. I have a facebook account, however I rarely use it. Why? Almost everyone I would add is on Myspace (ugh!). And only 2 of my friends have a facebook account.

    I’ve been trying to move them over, but they’re all “design handicapped” and think myspace is better because you can customize it with hideous backgrounds and colors, etc.

    The only thing I would change about Facebook is their updater. As it stands now, you have to write the sentence with the words {Name} is _________. I’d rather just type in a short message in present, past, or future tense like I do in Twitter.

  29. Another “presence” application is Plazes.com. It uses the IP address you are connecting from to locate you, or you can update yourself. It has an addin for Skype, so your profile will show you where you are. They recently updated some features.

  30. I have a facebook account, however I rarely use it. Why? Almost everyone I would add is on Myspace (ugh!). And only 2 of my friends have a facebook account.

    I’ve been trying to move them over, but they’re all “design handicapped” and think myspace is better because you can customize it with hideous backgrounds and colors, etc.

    The only thing I would change about Facebook is their updater. As it stands now, you have to write the sentence with the words {Name} is _________. I’d rather just type in a short message in present, past, or future tense like I do in Twitter.

  31. Another “presence” application is Plazes.com. It uses the IP address you are connecting from to locate you, or you can update yourself. It has an addin for Skype, so your profile will show you where you are. They recently updated some features.

  32. I’m a fan of Plaxo – it utterly saved me when my laptop was stolen. I got my new one, downloaded the Plaxo plugin for Outlook, and within 10 minutes had all my contacts and calendar items back. No exchange server needed.

    I do like linkedin and facebook as well, but they’re definitely less “important” to me at a personal level, although I guess linkedin has helped me with some work-related stuff…

  33. I’m a fan of Plaxo – it utterly saved me when my laptop was stolen. I got my new one, downloaded the Plaxo plugin for Outlook, and within 10 minutes had all my contacts and calendar items back. No exchange server needed.

    I do like linkedin and facebook as well, but they’re definitely less “important” to me at a personal level, although I guess linkedin has helped me with some work-related stuff…

  34. I’m loving how all these websites have the ability to aggregate your RSS feeds and info, but now that creating some interesting problems with having content multiply.

    For instance my tumblr reads my twitter, as does my jaiku. Now If I get facebook and have it read my tumblr (because I create original content there), and my jaiku (cause I create orginal content there). It will now double post my tweets, and thats before I even get to having facebook read my twitter feed.

    We need some sort of smart feed system, that will update content only if it doesn’t already have it elsewhere…

    Right now engineering your own “noise” is becoming quite a task.

    Robert, you have to be having the same problem… how do you deal with it?

  35. I’m loving how all these websites have the ability to aggregate your RSS feeds and info, but now that creating some interesting problems with having content multiply.

    For instance my tumblr reads my twitter, as does my jaiku. Now If I get facebook and have it read my tumblr (because I create original content there), and my jaiku (cause I create orginal content there). It will now double post my tweets, and thats before I even get to having facebook read my twitter feed.

    We need some sort of smart feed system, that will update content only if it doesn’t already have it elsewhere…

    Right now engineering your own “noise” is becoming quite a task.

    Robert, you have to be having the same problem… how do you deal with it?

  36. Con Facebook compared to other is that one need an account to see a profile.

    PS missing Shea Israel on Facebook ;)

  37. Con Facebook compared to other is that one need an account to see a profile.

    PS missing Shea Israel on Facebook ;)

  38. What’s missing from this list? It depends what you want to do. If you’re looking for a strong connection to someone who knows a PR or legal firm or an executive you’re about to hire, you may not want to blast the request across a public network. For sensitive, high-stakes requests, you’ll want to find a strong path directly to the best source. Toby Redshaw, a corporate vice president at Motorola, spoke today at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston about how they’re starting to roll out Visible Path to help handle these more transactional kinds of social network interactions. Ross Mayfield blogs about it here http://ross.typepad.com/blog/2007/06/how_to_build_an.html. Similar use cases apply to an individual. You might be happy to Tweet about your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but in other cases, you’ll want the path through your network to be straighter and more private.

  39. What’s missing from this list? It depends what you want to do. If you’re looking for a strong connection to someone who knows a PR or legal firm or an executive you’re about to hire, you may not want to blast the request across a public network. For sensitive, high-stakes requests, you’ll want to find a strong path directly to the best source. Toby Redshaw, a corporate vice president at Motorola, spoke today at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston about how they’re starting to roll out Visible Path to help handle these more transactional kinds of social network interactions. Ross Mayfield blogs about it here http://ross.typepad.com/blog/2007/06/how_to_build_an.html. Similar use cases apply to an individual. You might be happy to Tweet about your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but in other cases, you’ll want the path through your network to be straighter and more private.

  40. I got a Twitter account when you first started writing about it. Me and a couple friends played around with it but got bored. I guess if you don’t have 4,400 or so ‘friends’ then using group chat in any instant messenger client is much more personal.

    I guess there is a place for Twitter, but not sure what just yet.

    Robert,
    How do I get added as your friend in Twitter. Dumb me couldn’t find anyway to do that.

  41. I got a Twitter account when you first started writing about it. Me and a couple friends played around with it but got bored. I guess if you don’t have 4,400 or so ‘friends’ then using group chat in any instant messenger client is much more personal.

    I guess there is a place for Twitter, but not sure what just yet.

    Robert,
    How do I get added as your friend in Twitter. Dumb me couldn’t find anyway to do that.

  42. […] Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to [image] I’ve really been bitten by the Facebook/Twitter/Kyte/Jaiku bug. Stephanie Booth, everyone’s […] […]

  43. I am mainly using Jaiku, and enjoy it. I started on Twitter, but once I joined Jaiku [I am rjeffries] I’ve never looked back. (Both app are slower than they should be.)

    I tried to join Facebook. Evidently I missed the first captcha. At that point it kept upping the ante of captcha difficulty.

    I finally threw in the towel, too frustrated to continue.

  44. I am mainly using Jaiku, and enjoy it. I started on Twitter, but once I joined Jaiku [I am rjeffries] I’ve never looked back. (Both app are slower than they should be.)

    I tried to join Facebook. Evidently I missed the first captcha. At that point it kept upping the ante of captcha difficulty.

    I finally threw in the towel, too frustrated to continue.

  45. Robert all of these apps are examples of iPALS – identity,presence, attention, location, streams.

    For example Twitter has my identity, attention, location and using Twitterific I get a stream od information.

    I could do the same with Plazes, Jaiku, Particls etc.

    Of course FaceBook is THE biggest example of a iPALS application aggregating my flickr, twitter, plazes, kyte, presence, profile/friends etc all in one place

    The only downside is that FB is a silo with no RSS out but if I could share my FB profile as an RSS feed with others then people might subscribe to it to learn what I am reading, watching, browsing etc. There is a longer post on why we would want to aggregate and data mine our friends lifestreams for Discovery but that is not for here and now.

    Bottom-line we are on a path to aggregating out lifestreams. Eventually we will share these using APML and then application like Feed Readers will be able to read APML and they will help discover needs things. Until then I too will use multiple apps.

  46. Robert all of these apps are examples of iPALS – identity,presence, attention, location, streams.

    For example Twitter has my identity, attention, location and using Twitterific I get a stream od information.

    I could do the same with Plazes, Jaiku, Particls etc.

    Of course FaceBook is THE biggest example of a iPALS application aggregating my flickr, twitter, plazes, kyte, presence, profile/friends etc all in one place

    The only downside is that FB is a silo with no RSS out but if I could share my FB profile as an RSS feed with others then people might subscribe to it to learn what I am reading, watching, browsing etc. There is a longer post on why we would want to aggregate and data mine our friends lifestreams for Discovery but that is not for here and now.

    Bottom-line we are on a path to aggregating out lifestreams. Eventually we will share these using APML and then application like Feed Readers will be able to read APML and they will help discover needs things. Until then I too will use multiple apps.

  47. Robert,
    Great high speed intro and call to arms! I’m already digging in on a couple of those. Like your earlier post about Plaxo, I adopted that when it first came out and came to hate it. Jaiku and Twitter have their place, but I seriously need to recruit more friends to either one.

    For Facebook, it is easy to see what you pointed out. The profile page with anything and everything is a bit busy but can be a lot fun, and it allows me to see all the things someone is into and doing at the same time.

    Thanks for the quickie post and the encouragement to try Plaxo again.

  48. Robert,
    Great high speed intro and call to arms! I’m already digging in on a couple of those. Like your earlier post about Plaxo, I adopted that when it first came out and came to hate it. Jaiku and Twitter have their place, but I seriously need to recruit more friends to either one.

    For Facebook, it is easy to see what you pointed out. The profile page with anything and everything is a bit busy but can be a lot fun, and it allows me to see all the things someone is into and doing at the same time.

    Thanks for the quickie post and the encouragement to try Plaxo again.

  49. While I’ve signed up for a lot of the services I’m not quite feeling the love. You have to have a large circle of egocentric friends in order for the services to really be useful, you know, the hipsters that just have to know what you’re doing so they can do one better.

    What I *don’t* like about any of these services is that they’re all ego-based delayed communications. They are popular because they appeal to people’s innate desire for attention and all communication is at either the Princess or Peasent level, you either broadcast your pearls of wisdom on your own blog or you grovel at the comments of someone elses. Basically I wonder what they’re doing for basic, direct, face to face communication skills.

    On the other hand for some people they seem to really be the best way for them to make friends and enjoy a social connection, whether it be because they are uncomfortable in face-to-face talks or because they are in a remote or busy location. Those are definitly the positive points.

  50. While I’ve signed up for a lot of the services I’m not quite feeling the love. You have to have a large circle of egocentric friends in order for the services to really be useful, you know, the hipsters that just have to know what you’re doing so they can do one better.

    What I *don’t* like about any of these services is that they’re all ego-based delayed communications. They are popular because they appeal to people’s innate desire for attention and all communication is at either the Princess or Peasent level, you either broadcast your pearls of wisdom on your own blog or you grovel at the comments of someone elses. Basically I wonder what they’re doing for basic, direct, face to face communication skills.

    On the other hand for some people they seem to really be the best way for them to make friends and enjoy a social connection, whether it be because they are uncomfortable in face-to-face talks or because they are in a remote or busy location. Those are definitly the positive points.

  51. June 22nd, ’07… afternoon – (2:34pm – JST)

    Hi Rob,

    Yes, one by one I have read each of the above entities, and enjoyed all of them! … and have made my notes, and when I get the time I will definitely
    become one of the ‘new’ members of ‘Facebook’.

    Rob, your “live” presentation this past Saturdy, June 16th, was very well presented, but a lot of the ‘talk’ was just a bit “over my head” ….yet, still
    very interesting.

    I am surprised not to find any of the ‘members’ in the list, above, and just wonder when that may become a reality. Wouldn’t it be strange if I, the
    ‘Novice’ = ” beginner” would be first of our group! I just have to sudy more
    of those who ‘present’ before I get my comments out to “FB”.

    Any help you can give to me for the “FEN” connection, will be greatly appreciated.

    A question, what is the meaning of the “time” indicated? Is that “JST” ? or
    where does that represent?

    You now have my email address and can contact me there anytime.

    Thanks again,
    “perky”

  52. June 22nd, ’07… afternoon – (2:34pm – JST)

    Hi Rob,

    Yes, one by one I have read each of the above entities, and enjoyed all of them! … and have made my notes, and when I get the time I will definitely
    become one of the ‘new’ members of ‘Facebook’.

    Rob, your “live” presentation this past Saturdy, June 16th, was very well presented, but a lot of the ‘talk’ was just a bit “over my head” ….yet, still
    very interesting.

    I am surprised not to find any of the ‘members’ in the list, above, and just wonder when that may become a reality. Wouldn’t it be strange if I, the
    ‘Novice’ = ” beginner” would be first of our group! I just have to sudy more
    of those who ‘present’ before I get my comments out to “FB”.

    Any help you can give to me for the “FEN” connection, will be greatly appreciated.

    A question, what is the meaning of the “time” indicated? Is that “JST” ? or
    where does that represent?

    You now have my email address and can contact me there anytime.

    Thanks again,
    “perky”

  53. Just thought I would put my little prediction from the Firepit at the Ritz in HMB here in writing – Dopplr will be one of the sites to survive the Web 2.0 Crash of 2009 :)

    Just my opinion – but Mark My Words :)

  54. Just thought I would put my little prediction from the Firepit at the Ritz in HMB here in writing – Dopplr will be one of the sites to survive the Web 2.0 Crash of 2009 :)

    Just my opinion – but Mark My Words :)

  55. […] Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to ? Scobleizer “Why am I using these services nearly every hour of my waking life? Because they are being talked about and I want to learn what is making people so passionate — nearly everyone in the industry I meet either loves these things or despises them.” Scoble’ (tags: jaiku, twitter, scoble, plaxo, facebook, presence, microblogging) Tags: No Tags […]

  56. […] Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to « Scobleizer Forget Dopplr right now, because most of you haven’t yet experienced many of these five services that help you share your presence and other things about what you’re doing, or what you’re thinking about with other people. (tags: collaboration communication facebook internet microblogging socialsoftware jaiku web2.0 trends twitter socialnetworking lifehacks messenger) […]

  57. Gotta agree with Herschel and Shawn Oster.

    I’m a blogger, and my blog is probably not interesting to anyone that doesn’t know me or isn’t related to me – and that’s OK. I live away from a lot of friends and family and this is my ‘life-line’ to them.

    I tried Twitter and Facebook, but they just couldn’t hold me – I use Google reader to glean information from a number of sources, on a variety of topics, but I think that’s about as plugged in as I would ever need to be.

    Most of my friends are in the real world, and while they see the web as a great tool, most of them feel that life is meant to be lived ‘outside’.

    Me – I love the ‘net, but there’s only so much time I can spend in a chair, or looking at a phone to update my twitter.

    Great reviews, however, and I’m probably going to give Plaxo another look.

  58. Gotta agree with Herschel and Shawn Oster.

    I’m a blogger, and my blog is probably not interesting to anyone that doesn’t know me or isn’t related to me – and that’s OK. I live away from a lot of friends and family and this is my ‘life-line’ to them.

    I tried Twitter and Facebook, but they just couldn’t hold me – I use Google reader to glean information from a number of sources, on a variety of topics, but I think that’s about as plugged in as I would ever need to be.

    Most of my friends are in the real world, and while they see the web as a great tool, most of them feel that life is meant to be lived ‘outside’.

    Me – I love the ‘net, but there’s only so much time I can spend in a chair, or looking at a phone to update my twitter.

    Great reviews, however, and I’m probably going to give Plaxo another look.

  59. […] Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to « Scobleizer Robert Scoble compares four very different social networking platforms. His conclusion: “if you held a gun to my head and made me choose only one of these services I’d pick Facebook” (tags: web2.0) […]

  60. […] Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to « Scobleizer Robert Scoble compares four very different social networking platforms. His conclusion: “if you held a gun to my head and made me choose only one of these services I’d pick Facebook” (tags: web2.0) […]

  61. […] Jaiku/Twitter/Facebook/Kyte/Plaxo = something happening you should pay attention to « Scobleizer Scoble takes a look at 5 tools he considers to be important today (tags: twitter socialnetworking Facebook Web2.0 Jaiku trends socialsoftware socialmedia social socialnetworks) […]

  62. We’ve been studying social nets for the last 4 years or so, the latest ones are “3rd generation” (think of MySpace as 2nd Gen, Chatrooms and Friends Reunited as first gen) and are really showing the learning from previous incarnations.

    Right now we are experimenting with embedding our blog (broadstuff) within facebook – a sort of conversational medium inside a social net – to see what lessons can belearned, as we think this is the potential path for “4th Generation” social nets

  63. We’ve been studying social nets for the last 4 years or so, the latest ones are “3rd generation” (think of MySpace as 2nd Gen, Chatrooms and Friends Reunited as first gen) and are really showing the learning from previous incarnations.

    Right now we are experimenting with embedding our blog (broadstuff) within facebook – a sort of conversational medium inside a social net – to see what lessons can belearned, as we think this is the potential path for “4th Generation” social nets

  64. You failed to mention channels on Jaiku which are the killer app that brought me over from twitter. They help to cut down the noise level and you can use them as subject oriented feed aggregators which is awesome. Like for Irish lawyers, I’ve set up a channel which aggregates blog posts and event feeds for what is a reasonably small community.

  65. You failed to mention channels on Jaiku which are the killer app that brought me over from twitter. They help to cut down the noise level and you can use them as subject oriented feed aggregators which is awesome. Like for Irish lawyers, I’ve set up a channel which aggregates blog posts and event feeds for what is a reasonably small community.

  66. I wonder how these apps with basic functionalities (e.g. Twittering, etc.) do have any real economic potential.
    Their features are easily replicateable. I don’t think it would take much time to add such features to any common webapp.
    Might be good for a bit of a fad during dotcom boom 2.0 though.
    Only facebook looks like of some real long term value

  67. I wonder how these apps with basic functionalities (e.g. Twittering, etc.) do have any real economic potential.
    Their features are easily replicateable. I don’t think it would take much time to add such features to any common webapp.
    Might be good for a bit of a fad during dotcom boom 2.0 though.
    Only facebook looks like of some real long term value

  68. Erica’s little comment above about an impending Web 2.0 Crash in 2009 is the item on this page that resonated loudest with me. And Shawn Oster’s comments are definitely noteworthy as well – people like to talk, not listen…

    All of these apps remind me of toys. They are cool and they are fun to play with. And because they are essentially free to the user, there is no reason not to get one and have some fun.

    But unless they provide some practical value at the very root level, they all run the high risk of gathering dust in the garage when the next new toy comes out…and there is SO much money involved in all of this…I know the Facebook guy turned down a cool billion from Yahoo, and he may have actually made the right choice considering Facebook’s present value.

    I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer, but something just seems shaky about this whole picture…Maybe I’m one of the few people left in this world that really doesn’t give a **** about knowing that my friends are watching TV right now…or maybe I just don’t want to invest the time making the lifestyle change required to learn and use ALL of these apps…

    For whatever reason, I just can’t get into this Facebook/Twitter/Kyte/Jaiku/Dopplr/Plaxo/Phuser/MySpace thing…I’m fascinated by it all, but just not even close to being hooked…

  69. Erica’s little comment above about an impending Web 2.0 Crash in 2009 is the item on this page that resonated loudest with me. And Shawn Oster’s comments are definitely noteworthy as well – people like to talk, not listen…

    All of these apps remind me of toys. They are cool and they are fun to play with. And because they are essentially free to the user, there is no reason not to get one and have some fun.

    But unless they provide some practical value at the very root level, they all run the high risk of gathering dust in the garage when the next new toy comes out…and there is SO much money involved in all of this…I know the Facebook guy turned down a cool billion from Yahoo, and he may have actually made the right choice considering Facebook’s present value.

    I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer, but something just seems shaky about this whole picture…Maybe I’m one of the few people left in this world that really doesn’t give a **** about knowing that my friends are watching TV right now…or maybe I just don’t want to invest the time making the lifestyle change required to learn and use ALL of these apps…

    For whatever reason, I just can’t get into this Facebook/Twitter/Kyte/Jaiku/Dopplr/Plaxo/Phuser/MySpace thing…I’m fascinated by it all, but just not even close to being hooked…

  70. I’m pretty much overwhelmed by all of the blogging/micro-blogging/personal update tools out there, though that’s probably because I’m trying to do ten things at once: network, keep up with friends, meet new people, explore next career steps, experiment with social media, and on and on.

    Twitter is unique in my mind because it is so simple. Facebook is powerful but has the same drawback as Myspace which is that there’s so much. I believe people out there are as overwhelmed as I am and are looking for simpler, lower tech solutions. I believe we are seeing regression to the mean with Twitter, moving to a platform that does one thing really well.

    The truly sticky users, the ones who provide long-term revenues are the ones who don’t necessarily have dozens of accounts with social media services but know what they want and need.

  71. I’m pretty much overwhelmed by all of the blogging/micro-blogging/personal update tools out there, though that’s probably because I’m trying to do ten things at once: network, keep up with friends, meet new people, explore next career steps, experiment with social media, and on and on.

    Twitter is unique in my mind because it is so simple. Facebook is powerful but has the same drawback as Myspace which is that there’s so much. I believe people out there are as overwhelmed as I am and are looking for simpler, lower tech solutions. I believe we are seeing regression to the mean with Twitter, moving to a platform that does one thing really well.

    The truly sticky users, the ones who provide long-term revenues are the ones who don’t necessarily have dozens of accounts with social media services but know what they want and need.

  72. […] Robert Scoble colloca Facebook nel contesto dei servizi di aggregazione e micropublishing ed afferma: ”Sono totalmente soddisfatto che Facebook stia diventando rapidamente il più importante social network sul Web. Se ottieni di essere aggiunto alla mia Lista di Amici su Facebook (non è difficile, basta chiedere) vedrai che essa aggrega moltissime cose in un’unica pagina: i miei video su Kyte, i miei micro-post su Twitter, i link dai blog, e molto altro ancora. In più puoi visitare uno dei miei 500 amici.” […]