Twitter Silences the Conversation


Out of ServiceSince Tuesday, June 24th, Twitter’s reply service has been down. This effectively has made Twitter a one way conversation. It’s like screaming into the night hoping for a reply only to hear the sound of crickets.Does this mean that the mass exodus to FriendFeed (championed by Robert Scoble and Michael Arrington) will finally begin. Are they latter day Moseses(sp?) ready to lead their people to freedom? I’m not sure. For one, there is this whole matter of critical mass. Twitter has it and FriendFeed doesn’t . . . yet.

I, for one, have way more followers in Twitter then I do in FriendFeed. I’m sure most of us are this way as well. It’s a lot of work to build up that audience again.

Another reason is that FriendFeed has no SMS feature. You can’t SMS to Friendfeed about how your dog just caught a Frisbee on FriendFeed unless you do it via Twitter and FriendFeed imports your twitterings.

Lastly, it’s possible that only a minority of us really get that torqued about Twitter’s outages and the rest of the people just don’t care. I know, that’s hard to believe. I call shenanigans on that one, too.