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The Twitter Exodus

Jul - 7 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

At first I didn’t see a point to using Twitter – mainly because I don’t pay for text messaging on my phone and I didn’t want to visit the Twitter site on a regular basis. Then I started working from home and had IM open all day. Twitter’s IM functionality was very handy and so I jumped on board.

For a while now, Twitter’s IM functionality has been disabled – but now I don’t want to lose touch and so I find myself visiting the Twitter site. The questions is – how much longer are we all going to put up with this nonsense?

The answer is – not much longer! There is a general exodus going on (at least among my friends). People are switching to using FriendFeed over Twitter.

Now, while FriendFeed is awesome – and well worth checking out (see my page), it’s not a replacement for a site that lets me IM my quick messages – like Twitter did. So, what do I do? Do I drop that means of communicating? Do I lose touch with those I keep up with on Twitter? Or do I subscribe to a bunch of FriendFeeds and just forgo the communication side of things?

I don’t have an answer – I’m just ranting and sharing :)

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10 Responses so far.

  1. DerikB says:

    This is where open protocols for this stuff (microblogging?) would be advantageous to allow for cross system interaction. Not sure if that is possible yet, as I’m new to the arena.

  2. Nicole says:

    That would be very very helpful!!

  3. Bruce says:

    There’s also http://identi.ca/; based on an open source twitter clone of sorts.

  4. Nicole says:

    Bruce, I did see a bunch of people switching to that too – but I’m wondering if all Twitter users switch to that will it be able to handle the pressure any better than Twitter?

  5. JanieH says:

    The twitter exodus has left me feeling torn too. I love the simplicity of twitter and the ability to converse quickly. FriendFeed is good, but there is too much “noise” for me (especially if I am just dropping in for a quick visit). I am just going to stick to twitter for now with occasional forays to FF.

  6. Valerie says:

    I also grew accustom to the IM functionality of Twitter and started logging in to keep connected. Recently, I found Zenbe and it is my new favorite webmail service. It allows me to view/send updates for both facebook and twitter. I haven’t used FF yet but I will have to check it out soon.

  7. [...] to say the least. Several blog posts have pointed to an exodus to Friendfeed (LISs StevenK‘, LibLime’s Nicole Engard) due to frustrations felt at the recent ALA [...]

  8. Open Sesame » Blog Archive » Open Source Microblogging says:

    [...] wrote over at my other blog today about the exodus from Twitter to FriendFeed. One commenter pointed me [...]

  9. devnet says:

    Pownce is what twitter SHOULD be. I’ve been using it for quite some time.

  10. Saskia says:

    The skype4twitter ap works fine for me, see http://blogs.zdnet.com/ip-telephony/?p=1718. Maybe this is a solution, if the lack of IM functionality with twitter is still a problem, that is.


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