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Fad over

Looks like Twitter just lost its point outside the USA, Canada and India. No more SMS delivery means that it's now effectively write-only as far as most people are concerned. A shame, because I liked being distracted by random bits of people's days, especially as a means of expanding the festival experience. On the other hand, I still can't work out how it can possibly be making any money at all, so I'm more surprised that it's viable in some countries than that it's not viable in others...

Ah well, it was fun while it lasted, I guess those who hate LiveTwitters will be happier, and I'm sure something similar but worse will be along shortly.

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snowking
Aug. 14th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
I said I'd kill it when I joined.
cleanskies
Aug. 14th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
I'm already feeling lonely.
applez
Aug. 14th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
A fad that never really caught me up. So I have little sense of any loss.

The only money-making points I could figure out are...

1. Access to the enhanced internet-service of a mobile company (e.g. "T-Zone")

2. Burning through SMS allotments, with typical charges...for the broadcaster and recipient.
celestialweasel
Aug. 14th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Underpants gnomes
1. Pay to send people's text to lots of their friends for free
2. ?
3. Profit!
coffeechica
Aug. 14th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's sad. But yeah, I can't see either how it's possibly making any money to build the new servers, hire people to fix the bugs, all that.
motodraconis
Aug. 14th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yay! I am the only person in the world who hates LiveTwitter, but you were not subjected to blow-by-blow quilting updates. Gouges out own eyes.

Has it really gone? You're joking me surely? How can I LIVE without the latest edge-of-the-seat quilt installment?
bluedevi
Aug. 15th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Wah. It did make festivals so much easier. I could wander round at Glastonbury knowing I could stroll on my own for a while and then meet up with various groups of friends if I wanted, because they were broadcasting where they were. Without Twitter (as I was at Glade because my Twitter was fvcked) festival communication is plaintive little messages to individuals you hope you´ve chosen correctly, and you hope have their phones on, saying "so where are you now? How about now? I guess I just missed you. Where are you *now*?" Sigh.
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