Twitter has a serious abuse problem and a dreadful track record in dealing with it. This is absolutely not the way out of this hole.
Great idea, took long enough. Twitter actually talked about killing DMs for a while, but now that it got some revenue-generating stuff out the door, it’s revisiting the topic and noticed that private messaging has exploded worldwide. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it try some ways to monetize DMs, though. Like most other services, things like paid sticker packs and maybe photo filters are solid options.
Someone put together a ‘Best Vines of 2013′ video. Needless to say, it’s Internet GOLD. Take a look…
Juvenile thumbnail aside, this got me curious about Vine again.
iMessage is complicated and has had a bad lock-in problem for two years, while Google Hangouts has plenty of its own problems. I know I’m a dissenter among most of the tech folks you know, but confusion and frustration with iMessage and Hangouts are why my messaging preferences these days are now, in order:
They work. They keep messages in order. They push notify. I don’t need to know one email address for this device or a different account for this other purpose or whoops that’s not your mobile number it’s Google Voice so that message just went nowhere. All I need to know is your name, you know, like in the real world.
The post-PC world is great. The post-SMS world—a work in progress, to be fair—is an utter mess.
For a hair over 20 minutes, John and I discussed what I refer to as “Newsreaders 2.0”—this new generation of tools rising like a phoenix from Google Reader’s soon-to-be ashes. We get into why there seems to be so much interest again in a post-social-media world and what’s different this time around.
Awesome Twitter. Totally awesome. Like, really really cool awesome. You’re all a bunch of great folks. I mean that. From the bottom of my shoe.