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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Is Twitter's popularity rising due to email's failings?

Newsweek says "Suddenly, it seems as though all the world's a-twitter." That seems true these days, at least in the "web 2.0" tech sector. And as the micro-blogging service that asks a simple question "what are you doing" gets more popular, the quality of service is waning to the point the fervent users are demanding action and accountability for a free service they have become dependent on using for their micro-casting life-stream-updates.

One reason for sure that folks are gravitating to Twitter is the service is easy to use and universally accessible on the web and mobile devices. This reminds me of another "service" that is on the web and mobile devices: email. But email has become compromised with spam and junk that makes the mailbox a scary place.

Twitter's success reminds of Blackberry's early days in financial services and how the device forever changed the way people could have access to their email and remain in contact with their colleagues via email.

Is our collective email experience becoming so much less desirable that other services like Twitter will take hold and displace the traditional inbox? To be continued.....

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