According to a few published reports today, Yahoo is moving forward with their Twitter-style new service: Yahoo Meme. The company has now purchased the catchy domain name, Me.me, from the .ME domain registry.
Using Meme, people can write short entries and then add photos or videos to their pages, which are called Memes. You can follow other memes and even track entries from those pages on your dashboard. This sounds eerily like many of the other services already available on the Web. I keep waiting for the “next big thing” to come along. Instead, I keep seeing everyone jumping aboard the Twitter bandwagon.
Let’s face it: Twitter is a force to be reckoned with. Everyone wants to be just like them… with the user counts, the page views and the money rolling in. The problem is, though, there are a limited number of things you can DO with a micro-blogging site. If you want to keep it short and sweet, like Twitter does, you can’t add too many features. The beauty of tweeting is keeping it simple.
Instead of trying to copy what Twitter is doing in order to make a few bucks, why aren’t these other companies coming up with something entirely different? Just because we’re all in love with Twitter doesn’t mean we couldn’t possibly love something new. Give me innovation. Give me something different! Put your creativity and passion into developing something that I cannot live without.
Then, and ONLY then, will you ever begin to be able to “compete” with Twitter.