Gone To Plaid March 17, 2009

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I’ve been feeling a little Twitter exhaustion lately and I’ve noticed some of you have too. It made me stop and ask myself a question: What’s next? Take a look at the tag cloud of this very blog. What jumps out at you? Twitter, Facebook — try and find one more and, yes, there it is — MySpace, and in that order of frequency too. Twitter is the IT network (yes that’s a pun) of the moment (and yes, even with Facebook’s shiny new mug).

I’m not here to deny Twitter’s permanent utility; in fact I’ll be back in a week or so to defend it. But what I am here to say is that overall Twitter, like most of its predecessors, will take a beating sooner or later from the victor of the next social media undercard. And with the telescoping of social and technological evolutions, I’d say it’ll be sooner rather than later — cough FriendFeed cough. Just in time for mom and dad to realize they’re still out of touch and for brands and businesses to scramble out of one strategy and into another.

And even FriendFeed, if that is the next craze of the masses, will become obsolete before you’ve known it. And so the question for me becomes — are we moving so fast and processing so much, so insatiably now, that this is the pace of the social media shelf life? My friends and I joke about singularity, so I won’t take it seriously here, but I do want to ask you what the benefits are if we only have enough time to realize we’ve passed what we’re looking at? I know it’s confusing. It should be at ludicrous speed.

7 thoughts on “Gone To Plaid

  1. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  2. It must be joked about. If I take it seriously I will panic and die. They (the machines) smell fear…

    Oh, and where’s a blogger but at the mercy of their readers. Revised to your liking.

  3. Oh, and the only thing that would have made this post better is if you had said that we were moving at ludicrous speed. Besides that i agree with Ben, bravo

  4. My favorite quote maybe of all time: “My friends and I joke about singularity”



    Nicely done.

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