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This idea of a protocol.
It sounds rather a lot like Google Wave, or more acurately, the underlying protocol which builds upon XMPP. If I understand it correctly, a real-time/microblogging service could be built on the GW protocol and Seesmic et al could all build their own competing client applications


Wave worked well for this kind of exchange, but reading this, I feel it takes the haphazard, poorly edited style of blogging and magnifies it. Google advertised Wave as email redux. But I proofread and rewrite emails mercilessly. Writing with Wave, I compose as carelessly as I do over IM, even though it is much more permanent.

Elaborating on my Twitter thoughts: it seems like they're trying to pull a Google--to build a service that EVERYBODY loves and can use, and then figure out the revenue model. It seems like a lot of startups do that, but I don't think it's as popular as we think. Almost everyone has SOME revenue, especially after three years. If Twitter pulled it off, I think they'd only be the second company to do so. But unlike Google, Twitter evokes far more "I don't get it" responses than "This will change my life" reactions. Dormant accounts abound.

Fernando Rizo

Matt, I want to agree with you but Wave isn't fire-and-forget the way IM is. You can go back and edit Wave comments and revise thoughts the way you can with email - the problem is that a subsequent response may not take your revision into account. It's only like IM if you treat it that way.

Re: Twitter, it might be interesting to pay some Mechanical Turk users to go through the Crunchbase and chart when in their life cycle startups began generating cash.

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