Dan Frommer on Dalton Caldwell’s App.net:
The real question, of course, is whether enough people will use the new service to make it fun and interesting. Social networks become exponentially more useful and valuable as more people join. And I don’t think most of the people I follow on Twitter give a damn about switching to a new Twitter — especially one they have to pay for.
That is what everyone thought when Facebook emerged and the critical mass was on MySpace. Twitter has not had a competitor steal away its mass yet.
What piques my interest is this:
Then, of course, the problem of living up to your promises. (One potential problem is that this is still one company controlling everything.)
I envision a Twitter-like service more akin to WordPress.org and WordPress.com — people that want to leave it to someone else will run on Twitter-like.com and those that want to take the experience into their own hands can run on Twitter-like.com installations. (Please note: I have no idea what I am talking about.)