I think it will enjoy a significant advantage if for no other reasons than a) it’s not facebook and b) you are allowed to make your groups from the getgo, rather than later, when it’s too late, and you don’t want to bother going back. Other than that, it’s still confusing to me, but I am enjoying the friendfeediness of it a bit. It needs better mobile integration too. I need SMS n stuff. But I am liking it so far.
So why does a16z believe in proprietary mobile apps?
Aww come on. I’m old. I remember that period. There were PLENTY of people touting the commercial potential of the internet, and most of the naysayers weren’t decrying that potential on technical potential, but on either “it’s not here YET” grounds or ideological ones.