While Twitter started out as a quick and easy way to send short text messages, it has since evolved in ways its developers never expected, and is now used to get information out from disaster areas, during protests and by politicians during election campaigns.
At SXSWi 2010 Twitter CEO Evan Williams gave his vision of what Twitter is evolving to become.
“‘What is Twitter?’ has always been an ironically difficult question to answer,” says Williams. “We think of Twitter as an information network. It’s often called a social network, but we think of it differently [...]
In yesterday’s Twitter keynote at SXSWi 2010 where CEO Evan Williams announced @anywhere, Williams also took a few moments to talk about the Twitter business model and why Twitter is willing to explore different possibilities.
“One of the lessons I have learned as an entrepreneur is that whatever you assume when you start out, you are wrong,” said Williams. “So the process of building a business or a successful product is about figuring out how you are wrong and correcting it as quickly as possible.”
The Twitter business model is about creating value and creating [...]
Twitter has announced its ‘@anywhere’ platform for websites,which allows site visitors to Tweet and follow from sites including Digg, Amazon and eBay. Check out the video at the bottom of the page.
Speaking at a keynote at SXSWi 2010 Twitter CEO Evan Williams explained how the new “highly anticipated” app platform would integrate Twitter into websites, so you could follow and tweet without having to go to Twitter itself. You will also be able to use Twitter to sign into the site.
Initially @anywhere will be implemented by sites including Amazon, AdAge, Bing, Citysearch, [...]
The ‘Interactive’ part of the annual South by South West conference in Austin, Texas kicks off this Friday.
Known as SXSWi, and running through until Tuesday 16 March, the event brings together web designers, developers, content creators and more, to share ideas, network, announce new products and services, and then hang out in the evenings over barbeque and beer.
The conference features around 200 panels and evening events covering subjects such as social media, interface design, real-time web and much more. The evenings see parties such as the Bigg Digg Shindigg, events hosted by [...]
Each year the World Economic Forum at Davos holds number of technology focused sessions. Last year I moderated a high profile discussion about the next digital experience. This year, Loic Le Meur is hosting a discussion on the growth of social networks.
Participants include Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn, Greylock), Owen Van Natta (MySpace), Gina Bianchini (Ning), Evan Williams (Twitter) and George Colony (Forrester Research) and Don Tapscott (nGenera). Randi Zuckerberg, Jeff Jarvis, Russian super-investor Yuri Milner and others also dropped by to participate.
The room is packed, standing room only, and [...]
Back in December at Le Web, Twitter Director of Platform Ryan Sarver announced that Twitter would be holding the first conference of their own in 2010. Today, they’ve unveiled the details. Called Chirp, the conference will take place April 14 and 15 in San Francisco. Notably, this is exactly one week before Facebook’s big developer conference, f8, which will be April 21 and 22.
Day 1 of the Twitter conference will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater. This day will contain the meat of the schedule. Highlighted talking points include OAuth, streaming, geolocation, business strategies, [...]
In the film Fight Club (the book has a slightly different plot), the members of Project Mayhem’s main goal is to blow up the buildings that contain credit card companies’ records so that everyone’s debt is reset to zero. (Yes, I know this wouldn’t actually work, but never mind that for now.) Yesterday, two Twitter users, Allen Stern and Louis Gray, proposed the same idea for Twitter. That is to say, with the new suggested users list (SUL) now in place, they’d like to see Twitter reset the follower counts of users (either just those that have been on the SUL in the [...]
As you probably heard, yesterday, Twitter rolled out its revamped suggested users list (SUL). The list was a source of much controversy because those on it (including the @TechCrunch account) were assured to gain thousands of followers a day. And many of the accounts on it long enough had over a million followers. Obviously, many users not on it didn’t consider this to be fair — while plenty of those on it also thought it was kind of BS. After all, if you’re on it, and followed by a million people, any link you send out is likely to get many, many more clicks then by someone followed [...]