The platform / product duality of twitter
A lot of people were excited at some point about the idea of twitter becoming a platform, a sort of short messaging infrastructure of the digital world, in which we’re all connected and we use it’s simplicity to build magical products that slice, dice, and wrap it’s content in many different ways.
I wonder if the reason why this vision failed is because of twitter’s duality as both a platform and a product. For it to be used as a platform for this other differently wrapped content the main product would have to change fundamentally too, otherwise the noise of tweets that would be intended for other products would not fit into a plain twitter client.
And with twitter focusing more and more on the product, it’s days as a platform for other ‘stuff’ are definitely gone.
Which raises the question: does this leave room for somebody else to replace the twitter-as-a-platform dream? Do we need some common, open, public, simple, short messaging infrastructure for the web?