Dalton Caldwell thinks Twitter is pivoting. This is what Twitter is now, at least to me:
The core user experience of Twitter is the sending and receiving of messages with other people. It’s a communications tool.
But that model is less effective at selling eyeballs to advertisers. So it may be turning into this:
the future of Twitter: a media company writing software that is optimized for mostly passive users interested in a media and entertainment filter.
Now, I love Twitter in it’s current form. It’s a great place for conversations and connecting with cool new people. Unlike some, I’m far less interested in following celebrities, especially those who aren’t interested in interacting with those who follow them. It may be premature to announce the death of Twitter, but it is a reminder that nothing last forever on the net.
Social networks come and go. When was the last time you logged on to MySpace? Or sent a message in last.fm?
I’ve been on the net long enough to remember when AOL killed off CompuServe. But I’m still in contact with some of the friends I made through that network. Never forget that the relationships with actual people are far more important that whatever social networks you communicate on.
And there is a reason I’m now posting more on this blog rather than on social networks.