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Sunday, March 15, 2009
Twitter won't do
To start with, Twitter is not a completely new concept really. Back in university we were all on IRC and we could post messages so that everyone could know what we were thinking about. Later came ICQ (still using it btw) and so on off course.
What is essentially different is that IRC is like a lot of rooms (chatrooms) where you hear what everyone is saying (IRC message) per definition/no choice. Whereas Twitter is like one big room (twitterspace) where you select the people that you want to listen to (twitter message). In fact you make the rooms in twitterspace yourself. ICQ on the other hand is for sending messages one on one (small confession rooms).
Why won't that do? The requirements for free:
a. I want to be able to create multiple groups of people to address (rooms) with size one to many, like my family, my project colleagues, my football team, my closest friends, one person, everyone etc. Then I can target my messages more precisely. I can shout into any specific room. I need to be able to create and maintain the groups myself. Rooms can be hierarchical.
b. I want to be able to send full size e-mails with all possible attachments. Only then can Twitter replace my e-mail. Yes, this stuff will some day replace e-mail!
c. I need a mobile device to do this.
d. I need to be able to filter the incoming traffic. I want to leave a room sometimes. For example, when I am at work I do not want to receive messages from my football team.
e. People in my sociosphere need to be able to see my status when I am not listening (see d, when I am not in a room) so that my football coach can send me a one on one message when it is really important.
This will finally close the gap between chat, sms, and e-mail, I hope. Personally I need it, because the number of channels is getting too big for me to keep track of!