Scoble Scale?

Posted by The World According to Marc on May 27, 2008

Robert Scoble has an interesting post in response to Om Malik’s suggestion that Twitter start charging “Super Users”. Scoble would qualify as an edge-case when comes to social network . He has a history of hitting the limits like these on MSN Messenger and Facebook. Charging seems like an acceptable action to take for users like Robert who use these services at such a level. Robert is obviously getting business value out of these services and it is perfectly reasonable to get revenue from that. But I agree with Robert when he says that this won’t completely solve their scalability problems. The amount they would have to charge would likely exceed the value of the service. I also hope that Robert is correct in his assertion that Twitter’s problem isn’t caused by how it manages the data. If Assetbar is correct in his description then Twitter has a problem. I have no knowledge as to how Twitter works under the covers but I sure hope Assetbar’s description isn’t accurate. I think we need to add another level to our description of scale: Small, Large , Enterprise and now Scoble Scale. Maybe he should rent himself out as a testing framework for social networks…