Manton's announcement that micro.blog is finally close to a full public launch couldn't have come soon enough.
I've said on a number of occasions that the first time I saw Twitter in 2006 I just knew that it would be a game changer. I didn't really know at the time exactly how it would evolve but I knew it was different and special.
It's just a shame that it has largely morphed into a battleground.
Hearing about micro.blog for the first time gave me a similar feeling and I credit it with revitalising my blogging.
No mean feat!
As I said yesterday, although micro.blog is reminiscent of Twitter (especially now that it has moved to 280 characters) with a timeline, @mentions, and conversations, I don't see or really use it as a traditional social network.
Some may use it that way, and it can certainly serve that purpose, but it is actually a network of (micro)blogs that allows you to interact with other bloggers.
And that makes it different, special.
I have seen comments from others users echoing my sentiments that micro.blog allows them to step back from the current cesspool of traditional "social" while not abandoning a social aspect altogether.
The focus on community without the usual gamification or metrics is key to this. The only number visible on the platform is how many people users follow and that is purely for discovery purposes. I'd argue that you could even do without the number and still serve the same end.
Manton should be proud of what he has achieved, with bigger and better to come as invite codes become a thing of the past, and it has been a pleasure to be part of it thus far.