Claiming that App.net could save social media may seem very bold, and it is. And I believe Dalton Caldwell’s vision for App.net is even bigger.
Twitter had a chance to be a true protocol for the social web and they passed on that in favor of ad revenue. I believe Dalton is going to make a real good go of it and that’s why I was an early supporter of the project even though I’m not a developer.
As Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures notes in a recent post about the potential benefits of App.net, what the social web lacks is a way of tying together various standards and protocols that allow anyone to integrate or exchange information easily with any other similar service — in the same way that anyone can send email to anyone else on the internet:
“It would a huge benefit to society if we can get with social networking to where we are with email today: it is fundamentally decentralized with nobody controlling who can email whom about what, anyone can use email essentially for free, there are opensource and commercial implementations available and third parties are offering value added services.”