I think Manton nailed the big picture on this one pretty good.
I think we should consider forums again too.
Smaller social networks: Many people are looking for “the next Twitter”, but it’s not enough to replace Twitter with a new platform and new leadership. Some problems are inevitable when power is concentrated in only 2-3 huge social networks…
I’m going to put a plug in here for the lowly forum as part of the solution for smaller social networks. A forum can cover topic specific threads much better than any social network I have seen. Don’t discount them because they are old school. Forums are not perfect, but they are a good, if not the best, tool for a narrow niche social network, until we can invent something better.
As big general topic networks, yeah Micro.blog, blogs and Mastodon are better.
As Manton says there has been a lot of talk about social networks recently. I wish we were talking about forums more in these discussions as part of the solution. Blogs and forums.