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Has Periscope just shown Twitter a way forward?

Periscope’s new functionality could spread to Twitter and reinvigorate the struggling social media giant. 

 

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Let’s face some facts. Twitter, and thereby by extension Periscope, have a rough road ahead.  A series of high-level departures at Twitter and the more recent general overall layoff of employees makes people question what will happen to Silicon Valley’s “diamond in the rough” tech company. The attempted shopping of Twitter failed for various reasons, reportedly due to the cost and the nature of product (Disney et. al. doesn’t want anything to do with trolls and hate speech, etc). Vine, one of Twitter’s high-profile acquisitions was also shuttered this weekend, leaving millions of social media posts and users in a state of limbo.

But just this week, Periscope took a step toward what could a brand new and exciting path for Twitter. Something that could rewrite the ways in which Twitter content is displayed and shared, and lead to a massive improvement in the product and strong growth with new users….should the parent company consider following this lead.

One of the problems with Twitter (and social media in general) is the signal / noise ratio. Following your Twitter stream for insight into Politics or Technology or virtually anything else results in a number of messages (and considerable time) sifting through extraneous and unrelated content. It is possible to create lists of followers that tweet about specific content, such as a list of Football twitter users or technology tweeters, but even then you still have to sort through other content that is not relevant. A hashtag based search can result in 100s of duplicate messages as retweets and other posts of the same content get caught up in the more general search parameters. These consumer-based curations of relevant content are still fraught with far too many false positives.

However, Periscope’s new group-based broadcasting system offers something unique and new to this dilemma:  Producer-based curations.

Periscope has introduced “groups”, a method by which a social media creator can share content with a specific more granular group of followers.  A content producer can create a group of users, say “Personal Friends” or “Subscribers (should a pay-to-view system develop one day). Groups can be built around interests, such as “tourist and travel followers” or “technology fans” such that Periscopes being created can be pushed to those users who have the most interest and are most likely to appreciate the content.

Periscope groups are thus showing a way forward for Twitter to escape the 140-character rut they find themselves mired in for going on the Nth year.  People have been asking for the capability to broadcast to specific groups for years, but Twitter has left Twitter lists as a “read only” functionality; you can see all the tweets from a list buy you can’t communicate directly with that group.  Periscope groups will demonstrate that you can push content to certain users on certain subjects and that there is a market for this more detailed and specific sharing of social media.

This offers a tremendous future for Twitter. A way to grow their platform from beyond that a 140-character service but into something far more useful to creators and consumers. Broadcasting to groups, and conversely, the consumption of specific content from a group of users is a very exciting development in social media.

Twitter should seriously consider not only following the Periscope group concept but taking it a step further to create a more flexible “following” option. You would have the ability as a consumer to follow people only for certain types of content. As a producer you would have the option of sending content to everyone or to only those users who will find it of most value (Periscope-like groups).

For example, a consumer could subscribe to:

@Penguinsix

Everything (or)
->Photos Only
->Videos Only (Vine)
->Live Streams (Periscopes)
->Politics
->Social Media
->Food
->Hong Kong
->Other

Conversely, a creator could send their content out to a group, such as:.

Tweet from my @PenguinSix account only to:

Everyone
->Photos Only followers
->Videos Only (Vine) followers
->Live Streams (Periscopes) followers
->Politics followers
->Social Media followers
->Food followers
->Hong Kong followers
->Other followers

Twitter would thus become a multi-disciplined social media platform, where you could still get the 140 characters of wisdom from people but also get new types of social media content as it becomes popular, be it photos, video, live video, or whatever else Twitter acquires in the coming years. Greater curation tools on both the creator and consumer side would render Twitter far more valuable to users. The platform would be set to add new features as they become available, bringing more and more people back to Twitter every day (hour) for more and more types of content without getting lost in the signal / noise conundrum of drinking from the social media firehose.

Twitter has recently shut down the (once) popular VINE platform that they acquired only a few years ago. Without a doubt the VINE integration with Twitter was poorly handled. Getting “Vide’d” is now a verb amongst content producers who are very wary about putting time and effort into a platform only to find it getting nixed with a corporate reshuffle of the parent company. A very scary lesson for anyone involved in Periscope at this time.

A system like this could have saved Vine (and could save Periscope). The existing subscriber base could be ported over to the Twitter in a flexible following platform after integration, such that if you currently are following someone on Vine or Periscope, your Twitter would now have a separate list of people you following only for videos (Vine) or live videos (Periscope). Twitter and Periscope creators would thus have access to a much larger potential pool of viewers as the sheer number of Twitter users would be now be more engaged in the Periscope system.

Whether Twitter follows Periscope’s lead in this space is a big question. Whether anyone is even looking at expanding the platform is questionable as there are probably voices who are simply saying “let’s trim around the edges, give it a fresh coat of paint and sell it on to someone else.”

But it would be pretty cool if they were thinking of something like this…

 

PenguinSix’s Tweets for the Week

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PenguinSix’s Tweets for the Week

  • Of the four computers in the house I can touch none of them due to CRON routines all running at the same time. I need more machines. #
  • The advantage of building a 'World Cup web-radio' page over 10 years ago? I'm number on in Google for World Cup Radio http://bit.ly/bN0oFr #
  • Came home and checked my Google ad revenue. Thought there was a typo. Did in 1 day what I normally do in a week. Thank you World Cup page #
  • Went to a Techcrunch meet up last night. Good times in Soho. First tech social event in months. Good to get out of the house. #
  • Hillarious! RT @MarshaCollier: The Oil Spill Re-Enacted By Cats in 1 Minute – @TremendousNews! http://post.ly/j7Aw #
  • USAF Combat Air Patrol protecting the Space Shuttle captures amazing photo. [pic] http://ff.im/lJrVm #

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  • Just read my first comic book in years via iPad Marvel Comic app. Anyone who says this is just a big iPhone doesn't get it… #
  • @SelfishMom I thought all Southern Weddings has the groom dressed like some Confederate Colonel and the women w/ lace umbrellas 🙂 in reply to SelfishMom #
  • iPad tip: When you sync for the first time, it default syncs all photos, movies, videos and apps, not just the ones you might want. #
  • @DCPolicyJobs Geeky yes, but I'm also the man your man could smell like if you'd stop using lady's scented body wash. in reply to DCPolicyJobs #
  • @Scobleizer Process took 5 minutes walk in to walk out in Annapolis. Note: ipad syncs ALL photos from iPhoto by default. in reply to Scobleizer #
  • iPad tip: It seems the iPad is defaulted to sync ALL PHOTOS from your iPhoto library. I have 30,000. This is a thing you need to reset. #
  • My ipad. Took 5 minutes once in store. EVERY apple employee was working today. http://twitpic.com/1cvvh4 #
  • At Annapolis Apple store. Probably 40 people in line. #
  • Buying an iPad — at Apple Store, Annapolis http://gowal.la/s/2p2L #
  • Bed. IPad in morning followed by birthday party for kid in neighborhood which means no iPad for first few hours of ownership. Will be rough #
  • Made a grand more than I hoped selling car today. Maybe I should buy an extra iPad with profits. #
  • @Scobleizer Savour those books. After the iPad, they may be the last dead-tree versions you ever read? in reply to Scobleizer #
  • Just sold car to Carmax for about 7% under blue book retail price. Worth it for the hassle free-ness of whole thing. #
  • Selling my car at Carmax. Maybe. Depends on the price they offer me. #
  • Watching Mr. Smith goes to Washington for the first time in about 30 years. #
  • @thbo When do iPads go on sale over there? in reply to thbo #
  • Watching live review of the iPad and very glad I reserved one for pick up first thing Saturday morning. #
  • @loic Sorry no personal knowledge, but tripadvisor.com is really the best hotel review site (with pics). Use it for places all over. in reply to loic #
  • @albertsupdates live.twit.tv has a LIVE review going on right now. in reply to albertsupdates #
  • @daynah Thanks for the twit update. Just turned it on. Can't wait until Saturday… in reply to daynah #
  • Wonder if Arsenal will have 11 healthy men left by the end of the game? #
  • I'm at Rockland's BBQ in Arlington, VA http://gowal.la/s/MsL #
  • This is a loss. US calculus teacher Jamie Escalante of Stand and Deliver fame has died. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8596047.stm #
  • @uhhitsshelby try hard reset. Push and hold power + round click button at bottom at same time for about 15 sec. in reply to uhhitsshelby #
  • ATM ate my card. PNC Bank sucks. Shotgun to ATM machine has just made by bucket list of thongs to do before I die. #
  • @robpegoraro News Tip: Reports that DC Fire radios have crashed tonight in 'catastrophic failure'. Sent you e-mail. in reply to robpegoraro #
  • My 10-yr-old Helly Hansen sailing jacket lost it's waterproofing. So the store gave me a free new one. Love lifetime warranties. #
  • Son asked me to "buy" an orange traffic cone for his room. He's too young for the "things you buy, things you steal" speech so I'm on ebay. #

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  • I'm at Pho 75 in Arlington, VA http://gowal.la/s/2BxM #
  • RT @NASA_Wallops: 9:30 a.m.- T minus 30 minutes and counting. Still watching winds. Webcast is live at http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast #
  • @andreaplunkett I went to law school and I am still clueless. Guess I'll just hire an assistant to handle my life stuff. in reply to andreaplunkett #
  • @antgalvin I could write that book I think (though I still can't find my missing book. I remember it is yellow….) in reply to antgalvin #
  • @andreaplunkett Don't you love fine print? Take a cab to Reston Town Center (10 min) & get some good food and then catch a later flight. in reply to andreaplunkett #
  • RT @boingboing Dog eats police car – Boing Boing http://bit.ly/c8UCvE #
  • Bought my 1st "For Dummies" book for software that was updated a day after I got the book. And now I can't find the book. I am a dummy. #
  • @Scobleizer Comcast just rolled out DOCIS 3 in our hood. 55mb down, 8 up. They might be testing it where you live too in reply to Scobleizer #
  • Is Dell now leaving China? Reports of massive move into India and out of China. http://bit.ly/aXMZuF #
  • @joanek Get a MiFi and use that with the wifi only version. Best of both worlds . in reply to joanek #
  • First Kansas, then Syracuse. Could tonight be Cornell's night v. Kentuckky? #
  • MIght Butler knocks off Syracuse. What a crazy NCAA tourney this year. #
  • Just bought what may be my last paper-based magazines as my iPad arrives next week. We'll see. #
  • China's rules on what the Chinese media can say re: Google. http://bit.ly/c7pJu4 #
  • Only in Philly: Flash Mobs turn violent, rampage through city. http://nyti.ms/atFn1t #
  • Youtube has crashed. I might actually have to turn on the TV if it stays this way. #
  • I just vacuumed up the carcasses of nearly 500 dead ladybugs that were infesting the house. Life is short. #
  • Too lazy to cook dinner — at Old Town Cafe http://gowal.la/s/3g3M #
  • Android launch now threatened as Chinese government & businesses strike back against Google. http://nyti.ms/dzclZq #
  • Do you know why cars don't have rocket launchers and machine guns behind the headlights? Because I would use them. #
  • Grad students with babies. Maternity leave? What's that? http://bit.ly/9jTRmF #
  • Kid got his first punk rock hair-do due to a whiney, head-shaking haircut that ended in frustration and random snips. Hey, it'll grow back. #
  • Interesting motion to recommit fight underway. Will they peel off 4 of the 219? #
  • @thekenyeung No, they showed. 219-212. 4 empty seats (normally 435 total) in reply to thekenyeung #
  • Watching Big Bang Theory and realizing I quote 'neurotic' Sheldon more often than 'scientific' Sheldon. I need help. #
  • I'm at Stoney's Kingfishers in Lusby, MD http://gowal.la/s/4khd #
  • 2:42 am is not really the best time to remember your lawn sprinklers are on. #

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  • Does the BBC's Chinese website look like a Japanese flag? http://bit.ly/bQVvQq Did a double take to make sure it wasn't a Japanese site. #
  • RT @nickbilton: These two videos of John Stewart on Chatroulette are brilliant & hilarious: http://bit.ly/9LZmAS #
  • April 3 iPad launch. Guess I can wait a few extra days for one. http://bit.ly/cztO4i #
  • Is thisthe 10 billionth tweet? #
  • 70% of our clothes, toys and housewares are on a boat to Asia and we barely notice they are gone. We have too much stuff. #
  • Listening to Korean Pop music to get ready for Hong Kong (this song was popular the last time we lived there): http://bit.ly/9nOzIK #
  • Broadcasting live now! See me at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Andrew-s-Music #
  • @brendanloy there are reports of rioters in college park after duke upset (seriously). in reply to brendanloy #
  • @christinelu btw, many folks report an easier time getting a 1 yr Chinese visa at consulate in Hong Kong vs. US-based consulates., fwiw. in reply to christinelu #
  • @robpegoraro What does it offer vs. iPhone version of website, i.e. is it worth $1.99? in reply to robpegoraro #
  • @christinelu Cold and raining in DC. Hints of snow but ground is basically cleared from the blizzard. in reply to christinelu #
  • Between now and May we have trips to Beijing, Hong Kong, Cairo and South Africa planned. And moving our family to Asia. Ouch. #
  • @joanek nothing. We are keeping two houses so we only took what was needed. The rest stays here. in reply to joanek #
  • Big pile of stuff going on big container and then on Ever Diadem cargo ship to Hong Kong in about a month. http://twitpic.com/161i17 #
  • Hong Kong movers arrive in 4 hours. Big pile of "life" sits on floor. Toys and tuna fish and towels and…just a bunch of stuff. #
  • @paulgrav 4×4 sudden death I thought they said. in reply to paulgrav #
  • No matter what the result, let's invade Canada just for the hell of it tonight and take their women. #olympics #hockey #
  • GOAL USA! #

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  • @jack You should attend a Navy football game. Hats off, on their hearts, all vets standing at attention and student body salutes in reply to jack #
  • Navy orders ships at Pearl Harbor and San Diego to sea to ride out #tsunami #
  • Live TV stream from Hawaii of #tsunami preparations. http://bit.ly/2r5T1W #
  • Hawaii newspapers publishing evacuation guidelines in advance of #tsunami from #chile earthquake. http://bit.ly/1NmhN3 #
  • @emilychang Here is the Tsunami impact map. Pretty amazing graphic. http://bit.ly/aDQCtp in reply to emilychang #
  • Why are Canadian hockey players left-handed and US hockey players right-handed? http://bit.ly/cF5dcB #
  • Tsunami Energy map shows possible Pacific impact from Chile earthquake…. [pic] http://ff.im/gDGAF #
  • Easter Island under Tsunami threat. Hawaii to be hit later today about 1119am HST. http://bit.ly/9enej5 #
  • @GeekNews First waves in Hawaii about 11:19 am. http://www.starbulletin.com/news/bulletin/85659772.html in reply to GeekNews #
  • @paulgrav All eyes turn to Canada to set up the game of the century. in reply to paulgrav #
  • End of an era. Last test firing a Space Shuttle Solid Rocket booster. Video: http://bit.ly/bJEkYW #
  • Just bought about $4,000 in supplies and stuff pre-Hong Kong trip. And none of it on computers 🙁 Movers to pack for HK (Monday). #
  • @thekenyeung I think they've shared a printing facility for a number of years. Always thought it would be the other way around though. in reply to thekenyeung #
  • @Scobleizer Are you in the hockey arena for this one? in reply to Scobleizer #
  • @paulgrav Yes, they're showing Vonn's crash on another channel and I keep switching the tv. Disjointed thoughts tonight. in reply to paulgrav #
  • @paulgrav If it is a 3 goal game at the end of the 2nd I'd be wouldn't go to bed just yet. This is just nuts. in reply to paulgrav #
  • @Scobleizer It will just make their eventual defeat to the USA in the Gold medal game all the more painful. in reply to Scobleizer #
  • Wow, I think "kicking the ever-loving-S#@%" out of Russia is the only way to describe this game. Canada tastes blood. #
  • I F#$%#$% hate Costco. I'm recovering by listening to some Three Dog Night for some reason. Road to Shamballa. http://bit.ly/dB4XE8 #
  • @Scobleizer want to see pic of you surround by orange clad Dutch fanatics. in reply to Scobleizer #
  • The Hummer is no more. GM gives up. http://bit.ly/aKwyXe #
  • Great, just before I move to China: China poultry feed orders down >30% but bird flu?–No, that's not why. Yea right. http://bit.ly/dkT1Wb #
  • Pairs skating Gold went to couple who skated to Highlander music. Womens leader skated to James Bond tunes. Skate to guy music = Gold Medal. #
  • There's no point in going to the computer store today or this month since nearly anything I buy won't work in Hong Kong. Bummer. #
  • New passport arrived. Old one had 85 stamps in first 5 years and 2 in last 5 years. Life with kids. New one will get more action in HK. #
  • Think Canada's "own the podium" is up there with Bush's "mission accomplished". #
  • @msuster the game was on msnbc live. Isn't that live coast to coast as it is a national cable station? #
  • That was an amazing empty net shot. USA!! FTW!!! #
  • @Scobleizer isn't it on msnbc live?? in reply to Scobleizer #
  • @thekenyeung I think the real time web is going to be too slow if the game continues like this wild first period. #
  • GOAL!!!!!! USA USA. Take that Michael J Fox fans! #

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  • It's just not the Olympics unless the Russians have something to whine about. http://bit.ly/9Wn8Q8 #
  • I am "the man your man could smell like" (http://bit.ly/9NLuFo) Going out to get 'two tickets to that thing you love' while riding a horse. #
  • One-third of all the biathalon competitors in the Olympics are in the military. http://nyti.ms/cA5uBd #
  • @loic pay him as an independent contractor not an employee in reply to loic #
  • @Nehalia Yea but the Chinese gold medal pair skated to music from the movie Highlander. FTW! in reply to Nehalia #
  • Denmark, Sweden and even the skip for the UK team are on my 'Babes of Curling' list. #
  • My cleaning lady's "4wd SUV" got stuck in the snow in my front yard. Had to tell her that she really didn't have a 4WD after I dug her out. #
  • @dcsportsbog They need some funky Norwegian curling pants to get some inspiration. in reply to dcsportsbog #
  • I learn more in one minute on Friendfeed than five minutes of sorting through noise on Buzz http://ff.im/gazpz #
  • Napping on couch watching curling telling myself I am not lazy as at least it is not bowling on TV. #
  • @thekenyeung I copy down all their settings and try to recreate the same photos, but it never works just right. Still learning. in reply to thekenyeung #
  • Dick Button ranting about figure skaters grabbing their skates during performances. World does not stop to take notice. #
  • Sweden's first gold goes to a non-blonde. http://bit.ly/btNapx #
  • Arrest warrant for Tour de France cyclist Floyd Landis for computer hacking. Weird. http://bit.ly/cl5xGe #
  • Just sold my second US Olympic Team Opening Ceremony Hat–this one for $500. Only one more left http://bit.ly/aflae0 #
  • @techmama Point out to your kid that the Chinese pair skated to the theme from Highlander, which is pretty cool. There can be only one! in reply to techmama #
  • Watching figure skaters perform to the song that was in the movie Highlander. There can be only one! #
  • @SLOGUNNER I got 2 for my kids & the lady was like 'do you want 1'. I said 'ok sell it pay for the others'. But at that price, all on sale. in reply to SLOGUNNER #
  • @jlcoassin That's why they included curling–so anyone of any age or condition can continue to have the Olympic dream, even into their 50s. in reply to jlcoassin #
  • My Polo Team USA Olympic hat finally sold, for $510 on ebay. wtf? I'll take it. Gotta love being trendy. http://bit.ly/9yqEHz #
  • My Polo Olympic Opening Ceremony hat is now over $400 on ebay. Guess there is a bit of a demand. http://bit.ly/98Uzbh #

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  • Watching Hong Kong gangster flicks trying to get my head around the fact I'll be back there in about 3 weeks. #
  • Snow in the backyard at Chesapeake Beach an hour ago. Much deeper now. #dcsnow http://tweetphoto.com/9994442 #
  • @thekenyeung aol paying if you write about sxsw. http://www.dmwmedia.com/news/2010/01/28/aol039s-seedcom-pay-freelancers-cover-sxsw-bands in reply to thekenyeung #
  • @drkiki #DKSH no vid because net is down, but you could ask about theory dinos did not die by asteroid. http://bit.ly/bJtLkJ in reply to drkiki #
  • RT @BreakingNews: Study linking vaccines to autism 'dishonest,' 'irresponsible,' British Medical Council rules http://bit.ly/94a32V #
  • Not content with just hitting the water main the contractors have now hit the cable tv/net cable. Wonder if iPhone tethering works yet. #
  • @thekenyeung go to the airport and get on a random flight. More adventure. in reply to thekenyeung #
  • Septic tank diggers found the water main. We now have a fountain in the yard. #
  • Flash is sooooo 2008. #
  • iPad craziness and I'm stuck outside putting in a $5500 septic drainfield. My shoes smell funny. #
  • @juliehallboston cash cash cash cash cash. In the end that's what makes us save energy. Make the financial argument and you win every time in reply to juliehallboston #
  • @momfluential I've never heard good about dreamhost. I use mosso which is ok for smaller sites. Singlehop is my dedicated server–solid. in reply to momfluential #
  • Army Corps of Engineers taking bids for NSA's new $1.7 billion data center in the middle of Utah. http://bit.ly/b4fYqU #
  • Army Corps of Engineers taking bids for NSA's new $1.7 billion data center in the middle of Utah. #
  • Watching a friend of mine on Let's Make a Deal. She was one of the first contestants today who won a new home theater http://bit.ly/ccfwh3 #
  • @drkiki Hope you have seen the movie 24 Hour Party People. A good one for Joy Division fans. in reply to drkiki #
  • @jack anytime you talk to the IRS get the operator number of the person. The conversation & notes you have can come into play later. in reply to jack #
  • Most people watch WALL-E and see an environmental message. I see an awkward guy trying to get the hot girl. Almost autobiographical 🙂 #
  • @ScotteVest Video yes, but it opens in a media player, not on the page. Why not put it on Youtube and embed YT into your page? in reply to ScotteVest #
  • Would cable movie channels exist if Kelly's Heroes had never been made? It's on daily I think… #
  • I went to college with the Saint's head coach and special teams coach and my jr. high football coach is the replay official. Small world. #
  • When God created football it was because he wanted to watch games like this one. #
  • Can anyone on the Vikings hold on to the ball? #
  • @thekenyeung I think the Colts were reading your tweets and realized they should wake up and destroy something… in reply to thekenyeung #
  • It the annals of chick movies, Legally Blonde actually isn't that bad. If you are forced to watch one, you can do much worse than this one. #
  • @steve You don't want to know the result. Just go back to bed, or watch bobsledding on Speed Channel instead. in reply to steve #
  • It's so hard to plan a productive and exciting day when it's cold, grey and miserable outside. Maybe some productive sleeping. #
  • Rumors that AT&T exclusivity for the iPhone to end on January 27…. http://ff.im/eKUZh #

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Friendfeed and the Hong Kong effect

Friendfeed is the newest new thing out in Silicon Valley that has hockey stick growth in only a few weeks. Seen by many as a refuge from Twitter and the constant ‘fail whale’, Friendfeed’s growth is just going out of control. (Friendfeed, for those not in the know, is a micro-blogging platform that lets you put up quick notes to your ‘core regular’ followers, i.e. friends. Twitter was the original, but simply cannot keep up with the growth, leading to a fail message of a big whale picture).

Anyway, I’m following a few tech luminaries and that shows me what their friends are posting, but I’m starting to notice something that I call the ‘Hong Kong effect’ with postings.

When I was living in Hong Kong, the Internet, quite frankly, was pretty boring. I couldn’t exactly put my finger on it until I thought about it for a bit and realized I was accessing all of my normal sites each day (Washington Post, NY Times, Silicon Valley sites, etc) at what turned out to be night time in the USA. Websites don’t really get updated at 1 in the morning, and in fact many go into maintenance mode at say 4 am (i.e. slower, etc). So the page I saw at the Washington Post when I woke up in Hong Kong (8am HK/8pm DC) was pretty much the same page I saw when I was having dinner later that night (6pm HK/6am DC).

The same sort of thing is happening with Friendfeed. With its userbase primarily in Silicon Valley, it seems that I’ll wake up in the morning in DC (7am) and there will be a few stories posted from after I went to bed, but I won’t really see any new content until about 1 or 2 pm this afternoon, when most of the Silicon Valley crowd gets up and starts chatting.

I guess I should start following more folks in Europe (I have a few) but the heavy users (and their friends) still seem to be living and posting on West Coast time.

We’ll see if I can change that in the next few days. It’s an interesting site (though I don’t like visually how the comment section appears) and I suspect it will have a very good future, so long as we don’t see the big whale appear on the homepage.