November 24, 2003
I've been laboring under the assumption (informed only by common sense, no inside information) that all of the social software bubblers are planning to announce that their version of Friendster is a killer app because a mediated whitelist for messaging based on your circles of acquaintance is spam-proof. It solves the email problem!
Except if you consider a proprietary, closed, privately-owned messaging platform a problem. Clearly, millions of instant messaging users, myself included, don't necessarily see it as a dealbreaker. But I rarely check the messages people send me through Friendster or Tribe, and I never check the bulletin board or group messages addressed through those sites, so I'd say that's a tough sell. But then again, I'm an old-fashioned stickler for things like having a product or service that people actually pay for.