The Private Network Effect

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a golfer. I enjoy the hell out of golf, even though I’ve never been very good at it. A lot of things can ruin my enjoyment of a game of golf: Other people, other people that suck more than me, shit course-maintenance, and so forth can really make golf a frustrating game.

For most of my life I played only on public courses, dealing with the public and not knowing better. Then, after college, I joined a private golf club. A club where there are no tee times because they aren’t needed. Where people pay a lot of money every month for the privilege to play the course and therefore respect and care for it. Where you can often play several holes without seeing another soul. A course that is immaculately maintained and cared for.

The difference between a public and a private golf course is so profound that it’s hard to play a public course after being a member of a private course. It’s like flying coach your entire life, and then getting a first class seat on Asiana — it’s damned hard to go back.

That’s the difference between Twitter and App.net to me. Twitter is the public golf course, the coach seat. It’s where everyone is, and that’s exactly the problem. App.net is where a few people that are invested in the product, its direction, and the overall health of the service, go to socialize online.

If you want to be part of App.net, you can have this free account (first come, first serve), and you’ll follow me automatically.

Welcome to the first-class Twitter experience.

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For as long as I can remember I’ve been a golfer. I enjoy the hell out of golf, even though I’ve never been very good at it. A lot of things can ruin my enjoyment of a game of golf: Other people, other people that suck more than me, shit course-maintenance, and so forth can […]