Jaiku and Twitter 20:16 on Tuesday
I have now played a bit with the online presence services Jaiku and Twitter. The only remaining question is simply: why? Why bother? Why tell the world what you are doing? What’s the use? And yes, I think you do need to provide a benefit, or the users will leave after then wow is gone. The benefit doesn’t need to be a ROI, but maybe an emotional benefit of some kind. I’m not getting it.
One: I’m pretty busy at the moment, so I don’t have the mental bandwidth for virtual gadget lust.
Two: These services suffer from Metcalfe’s Law. They’re only useful if your contacts are using them as well.
Three: Unless you’re the type of a person who gets all pumped up for being able to constantly let everyone know what you’re doing, even if you’re not sure they’re listening, the effort-to-benefit ratio is not good. I could see there being a benefit of knowing whether a friend of mine is available for interruption, or seeing where my friends are going on a Saturday night. But this assumes that a friend posts updates 24/7 about what he’s doing and where, yet I need that information for maybe one hour a week, possibly less. Realizing this, the 24/7 posting just seems like too much effort.
Then there’s that aspect of just keeping tabs on my friends’ updates “for fun and entertainment”. It could be just me, but watching what others are doing, described in three words, sounds like the world’s most boring reality show.