We early adopters are an interesting bunch. We travel en masse from micro-blogging site to micro-blogging site. We grab our usernames. We test the features. We hope that maybe This Will Be The One. Sometimes we fill them with our content broadcast with Ping.fm, which lets you send one message to over twenty social networks, or we import every RSS feed we can find- blogs, Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter- into The Next New Site.
We play with the new toys for awhile, but gradually the time-suck factor takes over and we leave them abandoned, like WALL-E, obediently doing what we’ve asked but no longer really serving a useful purpose.
There are exceptions to this, and those exceptions vary from person to person. At Plurk I have a very small group of active friends and the atmosphere is more playful than Twitter. Other people use Pownce because of their file sharing features. The software behind Identi.ca is starting to be used for small community microblogging, an exciting development that has a loyal fanbase.
My friends and I share photos in Flickr, or music in Blip.fm. We get silly with video in 12seconds, and have conversations in Seesmic or Phreadz. We visit with each other in Friendfeed or Facebook. But we live in Twitter.
So I think I’ll take a break from the mass re-friending of my friends at every new micro-blog startup that comes along. They really don’t have a chance.