Thursday, July 3, 2008

identi.ca and Penalty of Success

The latest "rage" flooding through the social-media world is identi.ca, a Twitter-like micro-blogging service that is built on open-source servers and code.

As with anything that becomes an overnight sensation, the problems of success tend to follow. Using GrabPERF, I have been monitoring the HTML download time of my personal message stream. The results have been interesting.

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Much has been made of social-media leaders that says that this is a clone, and that it is slow, etc. But, as has also been noted, it is:




  • A one-person operation

  • open-source code

  • willing to admit that it needs to grow.


So, one-day never makes a performance trend. Over the last week, in my day job, I have watched a large online retailer suffer a similar fate to this newcomer to the social-media arena.

And if everyone who was willing to wait for Twitter to recover waited ten seconds for identi.ca to catch up, then there is a good chance that it may stand a chance of becoming a true competitor, pushing performance improvement.

Plurk was a non-starter for the twitterati. Jaiku has lost momentum, and is failing Google in the same way that Orkut did. And Pownce...what is that?

I hold out high hopes for identi.ca, if only to keep Twitter truly honest.

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