On Leaving Twitter for App.net

Thomas Brand advocates leaving Twitter for App.net:

Twitter still has its place. It’s a place for celebrities to promote their fame. It’s a place for normal people to pretend they are celebrities. And it’s a place for Twitter to sell you to advertisers.

I disagree with this sentiment. It implies Twitter has no real value whatsoever.

I’ve written about this before, but I’ve had real trouble fully engaging with App.net since joining in August 2012. While defenders are quick to point out, as Brand does, the “conversation” on App.net is deeper and more stimulating than conversations on Twitter, and that App.net is much more than a Twitter clone, I can’t help but view it as a second-rate Twitter clone. Maybe “second-rate” is a bit too pejorative, but I think it accurately describes App.net’s place in my Internet life. I don’t post there at all, save for automated links to posts here, and the truth is I don’t find the conversation very compelling. By contrast, Twitter is far more engaging to me: the majority of my friends and colleagues are there, and I get most of my news there. In this context, it’s no contest as to which service deserves more of my attention.

Overall, while I suppose I like App.net well enough, it just isn’t that good so as to provoke me to switch from Twitter cold turkey, as Brand and, famously, Ben Brooks has done. And, frankly, I don’t see that changing anytime soon.