One-stop microblogging platform and interoperability vs. the early days of the email

"Google is positioning Buzz to be a one-stop microblogging platform, allowing posting from Buzz to outside services, as well as using Buzz as an aggregation tool to collect posts from other services.

This may be the beginning of a true collapse of the current social silos that we have, where there is little interoperability between systems.

The current microblogging/status update situation is much like the early days of email, when you couldn't email someone who happened to be on another service provider.

I know that it's hard to believe now, but at one point if you were on Prodigy, you just couldn't email someone on AOL or Compuserve... they just didn't talk to each other. This is comprable to Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and more today."

The critical requirement for the success of any online social network is the growing number of users who achieve meaningful communication through the network. Google Buzz does not have that yet and it's adoption by the users seems to have already plateaued.

In contrast: Tweets grew 1,400% last year to 35 million per day. Today, we are seeing 50 million tweets per day—that's an average of 600 tweets per second.


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