Over the last couple of years, I’ve tried switching to Identi.ca as my primary social media hub but keep failing to do so. A careful look ties the reason to these 3 and half factors.
1. Lack of a mobile friendly site
Unlike Twitter which automatically redirects your browser to it’s mobile site depending on its UA, Identi.ca to the best of my knowledge has no such mobile optimized site. There’s only one site for using the service which makes it a real pain to acces on a mobile, especially on a slow coonection.
2. Lack of official apps
I don’t know if there’s any out there, but so far it’s only one third party, regularly updated app on Maemo that I know does Identi.ca. Same with a search on the Android market yielding 2 third party apps. I’m not all for the app-craze, but if they won’t develop a mobile friendly site, why not have official apps?
3. Link handling
I personally can’t for the life of me understand why they’d actually let links open inside the same tab! Like seriously? The thing is basically for sharing, and what we share are links. Why let the thing open in the same tab? I would not have any problem with that if we still were in the days of IE6, but not today when all browsers do tabbed browsing. I can’t keep right clicking to open links in another tab!
I’m not sure if it’s by design, but as a non-coder, non-developer, I always feel that Identi.ca is unfriendly to people of my ilk. With it being heavily patronized by mostly hardcore geeks, I’ve failed to make any serious friends on there barring just about 2 or so people. I understand this may not be an issue to it’s core users, but as an ‘outsider’ it’s a deal breaker for me.
These 3 and half factors have combined to make Identi.ca a secondary interaction platform for me. The day these things are resolved, it sure will be my primary social media and online ommunication hub, but for now…Twitter.