Conversation vs. Noise
The title might sound like linkbait, picking on some of the new darlings of social networking, but my question is should we be the services using them in combination, flooding the channels with a lot of noise and little chance of conversation.
Tools like Hellotxt and Ping.fm allow you to post to a number of different mircoblogging services like Twitter, Plurk, BrightKite and Tumblr as well update your status on social network sites like FaceBook and MySpace. While I think they might be okay for a quick update of your status on a small number of sites. Posting to a number of services is creating a lot of noise and destroying any chance of a discussion.
The problem, if like me, you are a member of number of theses sites, you could use a tool to post your discussion starter to a number of services, which can fracture any resulting conversation. If for example you post an idea via ping.fm to Plurk, Twitter, BrightKite and Jaiku and it then feeds into your Friendfeed via Twitter and Jakiu, where do your friends reply? Especially if you have a slightly different group of friends on the different networks.
The end result is a fractured discussion which is not likely to become interesting or compeling enough for people to join in, because their are a couple of replies in Twitter, another couple in Plurk and another couple in FriendFeed. If all six replies ended on one services, the chances of more replies and generating a real conversation are more likely.
So what service should I use and when? That is a question I am working through now, so more soon.