James Montgomerie’s World Wide Web Log

My Reluctance to Join App.net

I’ve been wondering about my lack of enthusiasm for App.net. It’s certainly related to the $50/year fee, which seems a bit miserly. I can surely afford that, and I would like there to be a service that’s not beholden to advertisers as Twitter now appears to be.

Is it perhaps simply not worth $50/year to me? I don’t think that’s it. It’s a bit of a circular argument, but if all people - friends and peers - in my industry are all using App.net (as is looking increasingly likely), then, sure, it’s probably worth $50 to me - as is…

On “Abolishing the Proposed Law” on Copyright Infringement

I usually shy away from discussing politics online, and but it looks like I opened a can of worms on myself on Twitter this morning after I said “A worthy petition, but I wish it were better worded” in response to this petition. Here, I set out my thoughts in more than 140 characters.

For those not familiar with the background, Charles Arthur of The Guardian has a good article about the current proposed changes to British copyright law.

The petition I’m talking about is about the concrete changes themselves, not the idea that the business secretary be …