Just wanted to call attention to a really nice piece on the possible death knell of Twitter. Yanno, someday. I just ran across Winston Ross’s blog talking about the shape of things to come with regard to social networking sites. And he’s a fellow Oregonian 🙂
Anyway Newsweek killed his piece because it timed out badly with a similar piece by Time magazine. Publishing house of cards, I guess. Here’s an interesting factoid:
By April, Twitter had nearly 20 million unique visitors, up from 1.5 million a year before that. Now the web is abuzz with speculation that Twitter is nothing more than a passing fad, a theory supported by the latest round of Nielsen research that shows 60 percent of its users don’t return after their initial signup.
60 percent. I admit I’m surprised it’s that high. I think I’m just sick of hearing about all these sites, and the stupid antics people feel compelled to announce to the world via them. Guess I’m not the only one.
Mr. Ross muses if it’s possible to unseat the reigning king of the hill, once a site has grown big enough. I say yes. AOL once dominated the scene, especially with their chat rooms, but as far as I know they’re toast now. Everyone I used to know who used AOL no longer does. Including me.
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what crops up next.