The best argument against App.net is that no matter how noble their intentions and stated goals, in the long run we’ll be no better off replacing one centralized service with another. If we — the tech nerd community who can get this sort of thing off the ground — are going to throw our weight behind an upstart competitor to Twitter, then it ought to be a decentralized service, not another centralized one.
Tent looks like an attempt at such a thing. (Via Loren Brichter.)
Update: To be clear, I’m not turning against App.net. Just making the devil’s advocate argument against it. I think a centralized for-profit service is more likely to, well, actually ship — not to mention succeed at large scale.
★ Wednesday, 22 August 2012