"App.net is not going to succeed because we don’t really want it to succeed. Deep down, we all know that it’s much better as an idea, rather than a reality. Because the reality of the situation is that if App.net ever was successful, it would face many of the same hard choices that Twitter now does. Or it would fade away.
In other words, to quote Harvey Dent, “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”"