The Silicon Valley Suck
Robert Scoble wrote a blog post the other day, calling out Twitter and saying that they should be more like Google+. Advice given by power users like this should be taken with a grain of salt. A huge grain of salt.
I respect Robert Scoble, and some of the ideas he outlines in his post were pretty good; there certainly is room for improvement and expansion on Twitter. However, many of the ideas that he and other power users in Silicon Valley have for Twitter and other social networks do not reflect the needs of the average user.
The product that Scoble envisions in his post is completely different from what makes Twitter so valuable now.
His vision is a power user’s paradise. It is too complicated for the average user and would turn people away from a service that is attractive because it is simple!
A black hole for perspective
Beyond Scoble’s post, there have been multiple instances where bloggers in the tech world have blown issues out of proportion, issues that never seem to make it out of Silicon Valley.
A good example of this involves iPhone and AT&T. For years, AT&T has struggled to provide good service in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley areas. This has led many prominent tech bloggers to chastise AT&T — via tweets and blog posts — for their horrible service. While many of these writers were careful how they framed their claims — to protect themselves legally — it’s not hard to remember the furor that they stirred up.
The fact of the matter is, while AT&T’s service may not have been great in the SF area, a good portion of the United States had perfectly good service where they live.
Why this matters
The distortion field that tech bloggers have created is affecting their judgment and perspective. As Verizon brought the iPhone to their network, tech bloggers predicted — with glee — that AT&T would go down in flames and all the iPhone users — that had made AT&T great — would leave in droves for Verizon’s network.
That didn’t happen. In fact, AT&T has maintained it’s lead over Verizon with the iPhone.
My goal is not to wag my finger at Robert Scoble, or other tech bloggers. I’m not important enough for that…
Instead, I want to remind them that in a world where the tech market is showing signs of a bubble, when money is easier to get than engineers (we have a ~ 9% unemployment rate remember), and when the carrier you hate is more popular than the carrier that works well in your city, it helps to take a step outside the valley and view things from the perspective of the rest of us — the 98%.