Stii Pm’ed me a good article on ReadWriteWeb, a fairly long post about the shift from blogging to microblogging and some such. Not a bad read a lot of what they say is true, and could be interpreted as the end of blogging etc.

Stii then wrote on his that perhaps we (bloggers) are getting lazy and that perhaps Twitter is working for us cause we have short attention spans.

Here’s my 2 cents.

Yes, traffic is moving from blogs to twitter. Thank god for that. Now, let me tell you why I am relieved before you people have a heart attack.

Reason 1: Most blogs have become rubbish. We are all guilty of this, but if I’m honest then when I come to your blog or open your feed then don’t want to know what you had for dinner, or how your mug of coffee kicks ar*e, or how you have a toothache. I certainly don’t want to see every bloody braindump you have throughout the day or have to click on 17 “this is so cool” links. Seriously.

Reason 2: Tweets can and should be short. I can take 140 chars no more.

Reason 3: Blogs are forever, put stuff there you want to perserve, the really important stuff.

Reason 4: Twitter is transient, if it gets to noisy I just ignore it, I don’t really care. I hope I am not missing anything important, rather put that on your blog!

I hope what this means is that the noise will shift away from the blogs and onto the micro-b’s (*cute shortening of microblogs) and that the blogosphere will reclaim some of the shining beauty it once had, that place where I did not want to miss a single post on YOUR feed.

Twitter’s cool right? Yeah, when its up. The general consensus is that its reaching the end of the road as far as the cognitive dissonance rope left to the users of the servers.

What’s next? A suggestion? Make the “microblog-o-sphere” open, get a solid PHP based platform down and use the strength of the community to ensure a reliable code base.

Enters Laconica .. ta-da!

Laconica (wiki) is a tidy little opensource alternative to Twitter and a number is installations have cropped up including identi.ca which seems to be the current flavor of the moment.

What about scalability I hear you ask? One word answer. Federation, Laconica aims to distribute the microblogging experience by federating across any number of installs, this would allow one to say create an fairly focused community on one service but allow the ability to track friends using other similar installs, thus removing the immediate load on any one server and having the conversation continue in some form if one of the points do go down. (Caveat: I have not seen this in action myself, so I hope that it works as well in practice as it sounds in theory)

I have created an account, now just waiting for some people to talk too. Add me plz: http://identi.ca/conradstrydom