Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Which of these super-nifty websites will replace Twitter?

In my summertime discussions and e-mails with students current and former, we're all agreed: it's only a matter of time before something comes along to replace Twitter: there are only so many times we need to read about what Ashton Kutcher had for breakfast, no?

Here are some that might.


Using the voice recorder built into every iPhone, you can record and share short audio clips, like Twitter with sound.

As the narrator below points out, this has a very real application for journalism. And telling people what you just bought at the grocery store.

Walking through Audioboo from Mark Rock on Vimeo.

Enter your musical taste and location and - voila - customized concert tips are yours. It's social networking for live music fans:


Twitter meets video. Post 12-second updates from your webcam or mobile phone. Seems like much less work than all of that "typing," doesn't it?


Only up in preview form, this is supposed to be the big thing that Google uses to kill all other social networking sites: e-mail, wikis, social networking, Google voice, collaborative editing, and God knows what else, all in one place.

Warning: this video is long, as in one hour and 20 minutes. However, over three million people have watched it, which means that you might want to as well.


Stream any song you like, legally and free on this Flash-based media player. Or use it to promote your band. Or network with other users. Or upload your songs and show an ad when anyone selects them. Or for fundraising. Or, apparently, to "make money while you listen to free music."

Whaddaya think: anything worthy of replacing Twitter here?


  1. Out of those choices, I think Google Wave will most likely be the winner for the following reasons:

    1. - not everyone has an iphone, and as much as Apple would like us to, not everyone is going to buy an iphone. The numbers are not strong enough to support this.
    2. - not diverse enough. Similar to point #1, not everyone is a big music geek, so this will only be interesting to those who are.
    3. - I don't know what to think about this one. Video blogging has never really caught on like regular blogging has.
    4. Google Wave will take everything you do on the 'net and combine it into one super email app so you don't have to go to five different sites to update all your SN updates and blog entries. Super cool, can't wait for it to come out! P.S. I was one of the 3 million to watch this video, but I only watched ten minutes of it.
    5. - see #2. To limit a site just to music leaves the rest of us non-music lovers out in the lurch.

    None of these will dislodge the 800 pound Gorilla on the block: Facebook, which combines music, video, pictures, Twitter, and blogging all in one. That seems to be the winning formula: give people as many apps as they can get on one site.

  2. I agree with Dan on several of his points. I do think that audiboo and 12 second TV could develop a niche following though. Woodstock seems like a decent idea but it seems more like a musical search engine and it won't necessarily result in extended visit times.

    Google Wave could do well but it might have to fight the gorilla issue. People seem to resist social networking when they know it's coming from the likes of a Microsoft or Google or other multinational behemoths.

    With new online media you never really know which will soar and which will die. Often it can come down to who the early adopters are. Celebrity users can make something seem legit. Only time will tell.

  3. P.S. It's good to have you back and up to your old prolific output of posts, Kenton.

  4. Hey, guys.

    Wi-fi access in the U.S. is pretty bad - "use it if you got it" is my motto!

    Great commentary, Dan. It might be a blog for your website!


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