Joshua Topolsky, Editor in Chief of The Verge, wrote:
The universal recommendation: Skip the new Twitter app and go for Tweetbot instead. So I went to the iTunes store and spent nearly a whole dollar (approximately 17 percent of my weekly InfoWorld stipend) on the app. You know what? It is better than the new Twitter app, but it's not better than the old Twitter app.
Still, this week marks the ascendancy of Twitter and, possibly, the beginning of Facebook's decline. Twitter is where people who live in the connected world get their news and share their views -- far more so than Facebook, Google+, or any of the second- or third-tier networks. Of all of them, Twitter plays the strongest role in world events, for both good and bad.
Who'd a-thunk it?
I didn't see this coming four or five years ago, and I'm guessing few folks outside Tweet Central did either. I always saw Twitter as a feature in search of a company, something that would in time be snapped up by Google or Facebook or Microsoft. Alternately, it would spike in popularity and fade, like MySpace or Digg.
Wrong on all counts: Twitter is apparently here to stay. If it continues to assert itself as it has lately -- shedding the developers who helped it on its climb up the ladder and sacrificing the usability of its apps to make them more ad-friendly -- it could eventually supplant Google or Facebook in the sweepstakes for the title of "most evil tech company."
Now that would be something worth tweeting about.
Are you using Twitter more or less than you were a year ago? What do you think of the new iPad app? Weigh in below or email me: email@example.com.
This article, "Twitter takes on Facebook: Let the social rumble begin," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.