Is microblogging making us a noisy, ignorable bunch?

So, I’m saying this in the context of a few things, and when I say microblogging, I’m pretty much referring to Twitter, but I’m sure it could be extended to some extent to Facebook, Buzz, Foursquare, etc.

Firstly, Leo Laporte’s post late last week, waving goodbye to Google Buzz and lowering his use of Twitter to go back to his blog; the place where people go specifically to read about Leo.

It makes me feel like everything I’ve posted over the past four years on Twitter, Jaiku, Friendfeed, Plurk, Pownce, and, yes, Google Buzz, has been an immense waste of time. I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves.

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Salmon Protocol – Unifying the Conversations

Salmon has come up quite a bit recently, and rightly so, with the talk around Google Buzz. I first heard about it on This Week in Google ep 29, which has some great discussion around Google Buzz from @jyri and @kevinmarks, and it came to mind again today with @scobleizer’s blog post; (Coming soon: the disruptive molecular age of information) so I thought I may as well embed this ridiculously simple slideshow that explains exactly what Salmon is.  
As updates and content flow in real time around the Web, conversations around the content are becoming increasingly fragmented into individual silos.  Salmon aims to define a standard protocol for comments and annotations to swim upstream to original update sources — and spawn more commentary in a virtuous cycle.  It’s open, decentralized, abuse resistant, and user centric.


Google Buzz – An hour or two in…

Ok, I have it, it’s running, but an hour or two in, I’m even more confused than I was with Wave.

  • First and foremost, I see 37 unread messages, but how the hell do I just skip to the next unread one? It was just spacebar in Wave.
  • How do I pull in my Twitter feed?
  • How do I add my Twitter contacts to Buzz?
  • How do I post from Buzz to Twitter?
  • Can I sort the threads somehow? Specific contacts, groups, unread messages, etc
  • Would love a minimise button next to each thread
  • Clearly I need to create groups to make this understandable
  • The maps integration is awesome, but the mobile site needs Android 2.0+ to work? Lame. Time to head to XDA I guess
  • It has an ‘edit’ button. WIN!
  • Jason Calacanis is spamming my stream >.<


I might as well be meta and include the buzzlet [wtb microsyntax kthxbai] about this post and the associated comments.