Facebook status, twitter box, and…

Published in 2009

There is a great conversation regarding the future of microblogging thanks to Facebook opening its status box

I just want to clarify something. Public microblogging is not  a copy of AIM or it’s not Jack Dorsey that was the real father of this experience (yes, his sketch is fantastic).
It’s k10k.net (mschmidt and token) and their fabulous team of designers that were (they still are) publishing every day some extraordinary microblogs: new trends with links. It was(still) totally addictive and we really were all focusing on this. It’s also DFORM1, an individual initiative from a Sweden guy (no link for this, will try to find some snaps).
When Twitter came to public, it was not clear that it would became a fantastic socialbookmark/headlines/conversations tool, I mean for the outsiders adopters. The fact that tinyurl came from a third party confirms that twitter’s aim was not to contain so many links.

So if it was hard to compare the microblogging activity from those designers in 2000 (i forgot threeoh, designiskinky too) to twitter in 2006, it’s much more easy now. K10k was was an « on-request » community, but we, as viewers, knew well all people behind those names, including webdesign stars such as Joshua Davis, Mike Cina, Zeldman… They were tweeting something between 30 to 100 short messages per day. And other design portals were trying to find better links, news projects, but the k10k (about 30 peers) were just skyrocking and their servers had monumental pageviews. For designers, microblogging was excellent: no need to argue, just say somethin like « amazing flash piece ***** » In the meantime, Kottke was the reverse, pushing the blogging to another level. And blogger.com came and those microblogs were replaced by streams of portofolios or stacks of blogrolls. k10k and this crowd were leading the front-end in all ways during years (98-04). They saw this social thing (web2, friendster, flickr) coming and did not take the opportunity to enlarge communities and enlarge conversations.  We can call this diferently: they kept an editorial point of view and a way of life: cutting-edge, not VC-edge.

They took time to accept new layouts, big fonts usage and gradients everywhere. They were stuck somewhere, but I can just confirm: they still are incredible visionnaries and have the biggest knowledge of the design interface history. Twitter is about design…don’t forget.

When you see this, don’t you see the Facebook or FriendFeed widget ?
And just a last word, I was also microblogging in 2000 and even if my audience was very very small, I had a lot of pleasure. I have more now because the attention is much bigger around.
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