I’d love a new and better Twitter. One without ads, and one that brings me back to the days when Twitter just came out. I’d have a small group of friends that I would communicate with daily, by learning what they are up to, what they’re thinking, and when we can get together again in person. I got to know so many new and different people, some close by, some very far away. Regardless of proximity, everyone felt close.
Back then Twitter was about what you were doing, hence the Twitter website displayed “What are you doing?” as the placeholder for the tweet textbox. Twitter became my source for daily/hourly updates, thoughts, and random anecdotes. Anything I’d share with my SMS buddies I would post to Twitter also. Twitter acted as a replacement for SMS – a way to group text everyone who wants to know what you’re up to, and thinking. Twitter also acted as a replacement for my IM status, which normally contained random thoughts or anything I wanted to blurt out.
It was one of the best services to come out in a long time – something that combined micro-updates (SMS, IM, etc) into a single interface and stream, while allowing for the constant flow of meeting new people.
My Twitter profile, in a sense, became an extension of me. It was the micro-update version of me, uninhibited, brutally honest, and completely spontaneous. When you followed my Twitter stream, you were getting the raw me – no pretenses or digital cover-ups. No hiding behind an avatar. I wanted followers to know me for the real person I am.
I want those days back. I miss the back-and-forth between Twitter followers and always knowing someone was up and out doing something, somewhere (by looking at their Twitter stream).
But Twitter today is littered with spam accounts, advertisements, and a loss of focus on the users themselves. Is App.net a possible solution for those wishing for the old Twitter (or just a better current Twitter experience)?
I hope so. I contributed real money to help get this thing off the ground. If App.net ends up not being it, something will. Soon.