Silicon Valley’s All Twttr

42 thoughts on “Silicon Valley’s All Twttr”

  1. I think what annoys me the most about this article is there seems to be a band of people up North that love promoting each other’s products. This only annoys me because I live in Los Angeles and I desperately want to be a part of the “in” crowd. 🙁

    I guess I have to be content with whoring my mobile social application out to Suri.

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  2. These blogs are almost beginning to feel like press statements for the startups. There is very little real analysis and they all just seem to write what their buddies want them to write about their companies. Shame…

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  3. Would be interesting to see how this would impact the Indian market where SMS is so common and access to IM isn’t. Already a lot of interesting things happening in SMS. I already get a half a dozen marketing/status messages on SMS a day.

    Seen a lot of group SMS already and given there are CUG(Closed User Groups) already this could be directly extended to that..maybe?

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  4. I am a big fan of the power and viral nature of SMS-based services (see recent post in my blog about good old 4INFO).

    That said, what’s the differentiator for twttr? Isn’t it basically dodgeball-lite? As best I can tell, it lacks the “you’re in proximity to peeps” feature of dodgeball, which IMO is killer. Granted, twttr works anywhere in the states or Canada, whereas dodgeball is currently limited to certain cities (unfortunately, not including mine). But that’s a problem that dodgeball can address, and then where’s twttr?

    I must be missing the innovation on this(?).

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  5. bill,

    you bring up an interesting point and i have to agree with you – not much in terms of innovation per se. what i see it as an on-the-go blogging tool, which needs to installation whatsoever. i think there needs to be major improvement in the presence-information system for it to really have a long term impact.

    i think it is a good idea, which now others can improve upon.

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  6. MP, Dodgeball only is available in a handful of cities. twttr isn’t tied to a geographic area.

    In general I think this is a pretty cool service. It would be best with small groups of people that hang out with eachother a lot. I would probably want 4-5 people in mine. By default messages no longer get posted online (for the public) which is nice.

    This should have been something MySpace launched. It is a natural extension of what people are doing on MySpace and would be something a lot of users would enjoy for a subset of their friends list. Sort of like there is a top 8 now, just drag some of your friends into your ‘phone list’ and bam you’re hooked into the matrix.

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  8. I think you’ve nailed it with your comment that “This should have been something MySpace launched”, Jon.

    I’m starting to understand the many copycat mobile soc-net sites popping up…acquisition targets, anyone?

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  9. Bill, I think you’re right about acquisition targets. Social networking can be a killer app for mobile, it just hasn’t been done right (enough) to get traction in the US market. Helio has a mobile version of MySpace, but it’s no more interesting than the desktop version–it’s just not full of crap stylesheets.

    From what I’ve heard, the big carriers are all worried about getting bad press over stalkers abusing mobile social net services, which is why MySpace had to go with a MVNO. But to be successful on the mobile side you don’t have to duplicate a desktop experience. In fact I’d wager that you can’t duplicate the desktop and be successful. If I’m on my phone, I don’t want to search around for people I don’t know (way too time consuming), I want to connect with the people I already do know. It’s a perfect addition to an existing social service, such as MySpace.

    That being said, MySpace has its hands full and hasn’t exactly been innovative in the past, so it’s not something I expect from them. Maybe Murdoch can get out his wallet again and buy the innovation, but I’m not exactly holding my breath. They haven’t even launched a decent advertising program yet, so I’m sure this is really far down the queue.

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