@amit I have lots of jumbled thoughts here, but I really like your reminder that online social networks existed long before Facebook, Twitter, and the like.
It also feels like maybe everyone thought that with Facebook and Twitter hitting mainstream, there was no need for any further exploration or development in the field.
Which segues into the idea that perhaps these ill-behaved behemoth networks are sort of like IE 6, uncomfortable, dominant, and stagnant.
And then we see the cycle of history start moving again…
@smokey I really like your idea, I hadn’t thought of it from that perspective. However in one aspect, I think with social media platforms are different. The technology aspect is not of primary importance. It’s rather the simplicity, the usability part. Especially to attract users initially and then let the network phenomena take over.
I think the history does repeat itself - the inherent features of a social network more or less stay the same. Specific implementations might differ.
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