There’s no doubt about it: Twitter is flavour of the month. Yet it’ll surely be superseded by the next fad. As soon as everyone is ‘following’ everyone else, Twitter will cancel itself out and disappear up its own tweet portal.
Many clients have asked me what’s the next big thing after Twitter. Below are my top 13 hit picks for the future. They’re listed in random order, along with their defining characteristics.
You’re given 140 words, which you may use only singly and once. As soon as you’re out of words, your account is closed.
Messages must reveal other people’s secrets.
Messages must be of questionable veracity.
Messages must be patently insane.
Messages must be written in Brush Script MTor some other indecipherable (and ideally unavailable) font. Nothing bigger than 8 point.
Messages must be tapped out in Morse code on the thighs and buttocks of fellow train travellers.
A system so useless, unfriendly and flawed that it has a 100% opt-out rate.
A local network for users with contiguous properties separated by fences. Messages must concern kids, recipes or water restrictions.
Messages must exceed 14,000 characters.
Messages must contain more information than you wish to reveal (and others wish to know). Best used when intoxicated.
Answer the question: ‘Who are you doing?’
Messages may be typed, a few characters at a time, over several weeks. To be sent when one feels like it. Or not.
Transcribe as many characters as you like onto one or more pieces of paper and ‘mail’ it to your desired recipient.