July 24, 2008


Filed under:, , — cwage @ 9:08 pm

Some quick thoughts about twitter I've been meaning to jot down:

  • The solution to twitter's problems will not be twitter. This is not a prediction made because I bear ill will towards twitter -- they had a cool idea and ran with it. It's because the problem with twitter is that it's a service that requires a distributed server/client base and a messaging protocol, and instead they built it on the web using a centralized infrastructure. It has nothing to do with how they built it, or the technology they chose. It's not because they used Ruby on Rails instead of symfony. The successor to twitter will be something built with XMPP or something similar -- a messaging protocol that is actually designed to be doing what twitter aims for.
  • Twitter is probably the largest working example of a web of trust. I don't mean this in the traditional cryptographic sense, but rather in the sense of regular personal trust. Already, via twitter, I've been introduced to a wealth of people that I'd normally not only have no reason to be talking to, but that also would have no reason to believe I wasn't just another freak on the Internet (which of course I am, but don't tell anyone). By virtue of a simple click to see who's "following" someone, you get the instant verification that "oh, this person is good people." It's pretty cool.
  • How I explain twitter to people: it's a chatroom on the web where you're gagging/ignoring everyone in the world by default.

April 10, 2008

twitter and XMPP

Filed under:, , , — cwage @ 10:41 am

A chain of thought I had this morning:

  • Twitter is fun and (tentatively) tremendously useful, albeit difficult to explain
  • Twitter is a centralized proprietary service, and thus prone to issues of scaling (outages), and privacy.
  • Twitter is not magic technology --XMPP and SMS gateways could basically do everything it does now.
  • That's nice and all, but Twitter has the user-base.
  • XMPP has a track record of being Really Cool Technology that languishes in obscurity due to its lack of user-friendly implementations and wide user-base adoption.
  • Google saved XMPP from a similar languishing death in the world of Instant Messaging by adopting this open standard as the basis for Google Talk.
  • Conclusion: Google needs to re-factor Google Talk to be/add a twitter-alike service.


July 8, 2006

LJ Jabber Server

Filed under:, , — cwage @ 12:15 am

So, this is pretty cool: Livejournal just launched a Jabber server for its user, complete with pre-loaded rosters of your friendslist. For more, see here.