It's no secret to those that I work with that I'm quickly beginning to grow tired of Twitter. It's been almost three years I've been on there, it's changed a hell of a lot, and recently I've been feeling that for me personally it's not quite right any more. People close to me also hear be griping about other platforms, like how email is fundamentally broken as a comms system, and how RSS is in need of some TLC. I'm constantly experimenting with new communications platforms and trying them out on clients, and I've been thinking about some new places to explore.
[My spam-filled Twitter follower list as it stands right now]
Twitter changed a lot of things for me. Over a period of time I watched it change how I use my mobile phone, instant messenger, RSS feeds, search, and more recently, email. But some of the functions that made it really great were deleted a long time ago. Like IM integration and open replies. It's getting overtaken once again by other things... Nimbuzz on my phone for example aggregates all the instant messenger systems I use to bring IM together for me in a really useful way, like Twitter used to. Feedly has brought RSS back to life, so I'm using that again more. And honing my rules, like tinkering with my mobile's flashing lights and doing things with canned comments, email is becoming more useful again. Twitter's increasing crappiness is meaning other places are catching up again.
It's no secret that I can't wait for, and would love to try out Google Wave. Yes, I was one of the people to watch the whole 1hr 20min video demo. In too many recent events to mention I have presented my version of how Google Wave will change communications, based on what I've researched. I can't wait for it to come out. When I do get an invite I will be sure to take my comms thinking to part 4 as well, not sure if that's a bad thing to be honest. But one thing I'm beginning to think will be increasingly likely. The Google team say that Google Wave is what email would be like if it were invented today. I'm wondering how a converged, part social, part instant, part private, part offline comms system will completely redefine how businesses, consumers an people in the communications profession talk to one another.
Who knows for now. Here's to wondering about how that will change.