With all of this App.net talk and Twitter fucking over third party developers I keep seeing comments like, “what about Identi.ca?” and “We don’t need a new service, Identi.ca already exists so lets just use that” first and foremost Identi.ca is the biggest steaming pile of shit you will ever lay your eyes upon and use.
My first thoughts upon visiting Identi.ca’s site are, “This site looks like shit” functionality aside, it’s the UX that matters in my opinion. People won’t use your service if it looks like junk, especially when sites like Twitter look far more attractive and user friendly. If you’re going to clone Twitter, do it right not half-assed and gross looking like a salad without dressing, it’s a salad but it’s not an awesome salad with tasty and zesty home made dressing like Twitter.
So bitch and whine all you like, looks matter and as far as I am concerned Identi.ca hasn’t and never will catch on because it’s an atrocious, half-assed attempt at a Twitter clone. This Twitter clone script which is unoriginally called, “Twitter Script”, see for yourself. Not only does it offer the same functionality as Twitter and Indenti.ca, it even looks better than Identi.ca. Fair enough it steals the design of Twitter, but maybe that’s what Identi.ca should have done.