Today I read an article from TechCruch's MG Siegler. In the article MG explains how John Mayer is done with Twitter and that he has found a new social love -- Tumblr. In John's Tumble Log he explains how Twitter is not dead -- he just feels that it has plateaued. Mayer did not mean this as a compliment but more as a critical critique.
This is where Tumblr comes in. It's the future of social networking if your image of the future features intelligent discourse. I love reading other Tumblr users replies, because they're thoughtful by virtue of the fact that if they're not, they'll bring the intellectual property value of their own blog down, and that's a commodity on Tumblr.
Twitter is nearly a four year old company -- launched in June 2006. As an information source Twitter's growth has been exponential and unquestionable. News organizations, companies, governments and 75 million registered users all siphon from the fire hose -- to curate this information. Unfortunately, Twitter's communications ecosystem has evolved at glacial speeds. I use Twitter religiously -- perhaps bordering on the need for an intervention. Let me correct that statement I use Twitter clients religiously.
I appreciate Twitter's impact on the communications landscape. Unfortunately, I find Twitter to be an inadequate authoring platform -- 140 character limit, no URL shortener, failure to manage multiple accounts, inability to post pictures and so forth. I need a more comprehensive micro-blogging platform -- this is where Tumblr excels.
I consider myself an unofficial brand ambassador for Tumblr. I use it consistently and speak about it constantly. Tumblr is simply a solid authoring platform -- no 140 character limit, ability to post photos, audio, videos, quotes and queue posts. Additionally, I can also push my Tumble log stream into Twitter and Facebook. What David Karp has created is a unique and dynamic communications ecosystem.
This is what Twitter should have evolved into but I suspect that this was never the business model that it aspired to be. Perhaps the plan was to never be a communications platform but an information platform -- not to curate the information but simply provide it and profit from that.
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