I was thinking today. What’s the deal with twitter? I mean now they’ve bought another company? for millions! It might’ve made more sense to funnel that kind of cash into infrastructure, since it seems not a day goes by, that theere’s something wrong with twitter.
And that’s been discussed a hundred million times at least. But then I was thinking, would twitter work better if it was distributed? like Napster used to be before it turned lame and musical, lame again and now is with Rhapsody I think which is way lame. Like BitTorrent is now.
what if Twitter was a service, or even an app that users installed, obviously controlling their own settings, just like a torrent client, and such. Given the numbers of twitterers out there, assuming even just 1/3 would be interested, that seems like it might solve the problem, of scalability. They (twitter) certainly need to do something. They’re surviving on good graces at the moment, but before long some one is gonna come and steal their lunch money right out of their hands.
Privacy? I’m guessing there’s a number of ways to handle that, since the EFF sells their anonymous browsing app with memberships, and it surely has something to handle privacy concerns.
At this stage it might be more hassle than it’s worth, but it popped into my head so I thought I’d throw it out there.