Quick Take: Seesmic


Today, Seesmic announced yet another new product, entitled Seesmic Look. I applaud CEO Loic Le Meur at his ability to be dynamic, both in his presentation of this new product, and his insight to see that the Twitter ecosystem needed a game-changing app to really prevail. At first glance, I echo Robert Scoble’s review of the product, as he shares the same reactions I do. However, I see a deeper problem at Seesmic, and it comes down to long-term execution.

Let’s take a quick look at Seesmic’s product launches.

  • April 7, 2009 – Seesmic Desktop – Twitter/Facebook client built on Adobe AIR
  • July 10, 2009 – Seesmic Web – Web twitter client
  • July 10, 2009 – Seesmic iPhone app – iPhone Twitter client
  • November 17, 2009 – Seesmic Desktop – Twitter client built on .NET
  • November 20, 2009 – Seesmic Android & BlackBerry app – mobile clients
  • January 21, 2010 – Seesmic Look – a .NET Twitter client

First, these are all excellent products, and I’m glad that Loic has shared the development of these applications with the world.

However, outside of the mobile apps, I have yet to really see a version 1.0 worthy product. I really enjoy using Seesmic Desktop for Windows, especially in it’s new .NET form, but it still feels like a beta product. Facebook integration also was dropped along the way, and is not present in the web app either. So, while I applaud Loic’s development team in deploying great applications across a multitude of platforms in an unheard of amount of time, I’d really like to see some focus on bringing these products up to true 1.0 release status.

Thanks, and I’m sure I’ll be a long-time Seesmic user.

PS, when is video going to make a comeback to Seesmic? I’d like to see a basic video recorder/uploader built into the desktop client.