Posted by: Frank | May 26, 2008

You Get What You Pay For

I have been weblogging for nearly a decade now, but not as much as I did in the beginning. It’s not that I don’t write as much but rather that there are now so many more places where I do write. Back then there was only EditThisPage, Blogger, and the upstart MovableType. Today there is MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, Pownce, and on and on, and on. 

Ironically, though, the issues haven’t changed. I remember back when I was writing on EditThisPage and more people were seemingly creating weblogs by the minute, and predictably the server hosting the site was not capable of handling the load. People complained about the performance then, just as they do now with Twitter. (Ironically, Dave Winer is one of the folks that does the complaining.)

The complaining continues to amaze me because just as with EditThisPage, we use Twitter for free. I know I don’t have the money to run servers at my cost for the benefit of tens of thousands of egos, and I find it hard to understand how anyone else does. True, there must be some type of business plan, which is most likely the acquisition parachute, behind Twitter, but still, I don’t see how one can justifiably complain about a free service. 


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