by Paul Fidalgo
Anil Dash tries to calm the Instapaper-vs.Readability animosity and makes a startling point about the reality of Web-based journaling:
. . . when I would spend my time flinging zingers at Matt Mullenweg about the merits of Movable Type vs. WordPress, you know who was winning? Mark Fucking Zuckerberg. Facebook won the blogging wars. The web became a more closed place than if either Movable Type or WordPress had evolved into the tool that powered social networking.
Oh my god he’s right. God damn it, he’s right.
I often wonder if this blog, or my sometimes-toying with Tumblr-type blogging, is essentially made redundant or irrelevant by Facebook and Twitter–heck, almost all the traffic to this blog comes from Facebook, meaning that just about everyone who reads it are people I in some way already know. Why bother maintaining a stand-alone website if it’s just an inconvenient detour from Facebook for all its readers? I’m curious what you think.