Microsoft Presence. A rival to Twitter?
Nathan Weinberg theorises that the upcoming Messenger Presence might present a challenge to Twitter if the ability to update your Messenger Status from anywhere is offered. The following screenshot shows my current Messenger Status (yeah, I had to get a dig in about this 🙂 )
Not quite sure I agree with Nathan’s optimism. Twitter’s raison d’etre is to answer the question "What Am I doing?" whereas that of Messenger status is slightly different. Nathan is correct that Messenger’s status feature is basically the same as Twitter’s whole feature set with the significant exception that it doesn’t offer the ability to update it in so many ways as Twitter does. However, Messenger Status has never been marketed as such and hence Twitter has stolen a march. Of course, the one thing that Microsoft’s Live Messenger has going for it is millions and millions of users whereas Twitter is still firmly in early adopter phase so it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft try and capitalise on that user base and spin Messenger status as something that is effectively a clone of Twitter. I hadn’t ever actually considered Messenger Status as being basically the same as Twitter so I’m glad Nathan has pulled the wool back from over my eyes. You can bet that people within Microsoft haven’t been as blinkered as me!
Regardless of that, the release of Microsoft Presence is an interesting move. If Microsoft have any sense they will simultaneously release a Facebook app, a Live Spaces gadget and possibly a Popfly block that all make use of the Messenger Presence service. Or perhaps they’re relying on their army of developers to do that. Got any titbits for us Angus?