October 23, 2009 at 8:03 am (Sent from Web) (Cell Phone, Delicious, Digg, eBaumsWorld, eMail, Facebook, Flickr, Friendster, MySpace, NewGrounds, Ning, Online Services, PaulFrankRizzo, Social Networking, Text, Twitter, Web 2.0, Web Apps, YouTube)
It’s 2009, and just as many households have adopted Computers as they did TVs many years ago. This truly is a Communications Revolution.
Let’s go back to the Year 2000. Cell Phones and eMail were gaining users at a slow, but steady rate. People could now communicate quickly and efficiently, from just about anywhere they had service. This was Private, One-on-One Interaction with people you already knew in Real Life.
Next we move to Web 2.0. What started with Links (eBaumsWorld, Delicious, Digg), moved into Media (Newgrounds, Flickr, YouTube), and then Social Profiles/Networks (Friendster, MySpace, Facebook, Ning). Everything is now done in a Web Browser. Desktop Software is Dead.
Yet, we have a lot of people on our Friend’s Lists that we do not know personally. Our Real-Time Streams are full of Spam, Bots, and other annoyances. All we really wanted to do was communicate with our Friends and Family–even if the Government is recording everything we do online. But something was missing. Those we really wanted to “join the party” were unable. Either they had out-dated technology, slow connections, no time, or just didn’t have a computer. And even if our Real-Life Friends and Family had the Time and Resources to participate with us online, and comment our funny cat videos, filling-out a Social Networking Profile or keeping their Blog Updated was just too much of a hassle for them.
Evan WIlliams, the man who created Blogger, one of the first online, mass-adopted Free Blogging Services, sold that Web App to Google. He dabbled in Podcasts with Odeo, and looked for something else to que his interests. He knew the conundrum outlined above, about the hassle it is to get people signed-up online, and participating. So he decided to make it easy. Real easy, in fact. He developed a system where ALL YOU HAVE TO DO is enter 140 Characters of Text and then hit Enter. So simple that a TwitterFeed Bot can do it for you. And a TweetLater Bot can even schedule it ahead of time. Humans can even do it as a Text Message from their Cell Phones.
Now everyone is Happy. Wireless Providers make money off the Texts. CNN promotes it’s News Network, in Real-Time. Companies communicate with Customers. And we still get to see Links of Funny Cat Videos.
So, all it took to get our Family and Friends (and SuperStar Celebrities) Online was to Make it as Simple as possible. Of course, other Online Services have the “Updates” feature. But as I said earlier, Twitter’s Bare-Bones FeatureSet is more inviting to those who don’t care to develop robust Profiles, upload tons of Pics, and worry about writing lengthy BlogPosts or Editing Video. And that is the same reason that you have no idea who is behind those Twitter Profiles. It’s so easy to join, without giving up any real information.
I think Ning is the Future. They have the Best User Interface of any Social Networking Site. Their Networks are focused on a Shared-Interest. And they have every feature you could ever want or need from an Online Service. Best of all, it’s Free. But their main strength is the fact that they allow users to fully express themselves, and share as much or as little as they choose.
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