1. And the compliment of that : the simpler the text-publishing service, the more interesting uses it’s users will put it to, provided it paves their cow paths (e.g. Twitter with RTs, and @-replies).

    Give users constraints and simplicity, see what they do, then solidify that functionality — or, from an point of view, give yourself constraints, then pave your solitary cowpaths.

  2. Abigail Harrison: Hashtags: do people really use them to discover? Hands-up people.... maybe social media people do and 'normal' people don't? #twittersci

    .abigailH hashtag discovery usage is low because of Twitters anaemic implementation. See Diaspora for a great, well-used implementation.