It used to be great when there was a variety of services to choose from. It was fantastic when each service had something different to offer. Now its just a race to integrate everything else. This is one of the aspects about social media that made me so reluctant to get into it in the first place. On one hand, I love trying out new services and seeing what they do. On the other, I hate thinking something is new, when it is just Product A in lime green.
There are soo many brands out right now, most of them cooked up during the time Twitter was having issues. Most of them do exactly the same things, but I keep signing up for alphas and betas hoping this is not true. Unfortunately, I am just getting to try out the same old service with an increasingly ugly UI.
On rare occasions we get great services that stand out, and in some cases it really is worth wading through the junk. Right now, not so much.