Posts in opinion
An analysis of utility versus entropy in social systems, or, the simple solution to fix Twitter

As I wrote yesterday, I’m a huge fan of the beautiful simplicity afforded by Occam’s razor: it posits that, when given several alternative explanations to explain an hypothesis, the simplest solution is often the right one.

And this isn’t just a thing that sounds good to say (well, it does feel good, but that’s not the point). It’s actually almost always true, too; we’ve trusted its elegance countless times for our startup, and it’s never let us down.

It’s time Twitter heeded the same wisdom.

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Alternatives to Twitterfeed: the sad, dangerous prospect of a Twitterless world

Twitter is a peculiar thing. With some 300 million active users around the globe, there seems to be not a single media company, news program, or celebrity on the planet without a Twitter account. And yet news of the company’s demise, imminent (failed) acquisition(s), and utter uselessness seem to permeate the internet, ironically, mostly throughout the Twitterverse. Go figure.

But Twitter isn’t going anywhere. Or at least, it better not. Indeed, I’ve been a vocal proponent of just how useful Twitter is; how it really hasn’t any viable substitute; and how for millions of people around the world, it isn’t just a nice thing to have, it’s a legitimate necessity just to stay alive. To wit, Twitter matters more today than when it first hatched 10 years ago, and it must not be allowed to fail. It’s simply too important.

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