Since the Twitter, FaceBook and FriendFeed Follow lists, I have been focusing on several other Micro-Blogging platforms. The main one namely being Identi.ca.
Identica has a very loyal user base which is continuing to grow at speed and more importantly, Identi.ca itself is rapidly progressing in functionality.
As a tool for social media and social networking it’s often underrated.
In the past, I chatted about Identi.ca, trying to drum up some enthusiasm, my main motive being, ‘what happens if Twitter goes down‘. I know for a fact that when Twitter does suffer an outage it causes much dismay and disruption for a heck of a lot of people. Yet few have any viable back-up that is anything close to Twitter in day to day use and functionality. FaceBook and FriendFeed are quite different beasts.
And without followers and contacts, being on another platform is close to useless.
I also started a discussion over at SocialMedian about ‘what happened if Twitter died’, so if you want to take a peek, pop on over there.
Establish an Identica Presence
So my feeling was that as a pretty awesome creative community, we could sort of create a back-up network. This really isn’t doing justice to Identi.ca because it’s so much more than a back-up to Twitter, it is a viable alternative. At the moment, it still lacks the user base to persuade many people to even consider it. So by designating it the back-up, it instantly becomes more popular and more used. Which is a good thing for great application.
And when Twitter does go down for any length of time, most of us wont be sat stunned, not knowing what to do, we can just shift over to Identi.ca and start chatting again.
The cool thing with Identi.ca is it’s close ties to Twitter. From within Identi.ca you can automatically post to your Twitter stream. Twhirl supports Identi.ca, so you can have a Identi.ca window up as well as Twitter and FriendFeed. The iPhone now has dedicated Identi.ca applications also. So it’s very well supported and becoming more so.
What to do
Simply add your Identica profile/user ID as a reply to this post, with a small Bio of what you do, stand for, work as, aim for etc. No harm in using the Twitter Bio for this really.
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