Twitter Founders Talk About Its Origins, Next Steps and Social Alchemy

May 27, 2009

During the All Things D conference, the founders of Twitter talk about the origins of the micro-blogging site and what’s in its future.  Founders Talk About Its Origins, Next Steps and Social Alchemy – Digits – WSJ.

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Nielsen finds most users on Twitter are male

April 30, 2009

A study released today found that Twitter has a dominant presence of young males on its service, while Predicto, another mobile community, is dominated mostly by older women.


Another perspective on Twitter…

April 15, 2009

I’m not sure anyone’s going to stop, but scientists say that Twitter dulls our moral compass.


Twitter hit by worms

April 14, 2009

Twitter, the popular micro-blogging site was hit by the StalkDaily XSS Worm, which caused victims’ accounts to tweet favorably about the StalkDaily Web site. It was also hit by the Mikeyy worm on the same weekend.


Twiggle? Google in talks to acquire Twitter

April 4, 2009

TechCrunch is reporting that Google is in the early stages of negotiations with Twitter to purchase the micro-blogging site.

This is strange for two reasons. First, Google hasn’t made an acquisition in almost six months and had to fire 200 people (announced last week).

Second, Twitter turned down offers from Facebook, which offered double what Google has offered according to rumors.

Why would Google want Twitter? We’ve been arguing for some time that Twitter’s real value is in search. It holds the keys to the best real time database and search engine on the Internet, and Google doesn’t even have a horse in the game.

However, an update to the post last night says Twitter wouldn’t sell for less than $1 billion (makes me think of Dr. Evil.)


University Offers a Master’s Degree in Social Networking

March 30, 2009

Birmingham City University (UK) will offer a master’s degree in social networking starting next year.

The degree will cost about $6,250 for the one-year program.

“During the course we will consider what people can do on Facebook and Twitter, and how they can be used for communication and marketing purposes,” says the course convener Jon Hickman, adding that “There has been significant interest in the course already, and it will definitely appeal to students looking to go into professions including journalism and PR.”

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Chicago Tribune changes mast head

March 20, 2009

Instead of using the publisher’s real name, it now says: “@twhunter, Publisher”. The same is true for the rest of the editorial group that is regularly on the head. CNET calls it “twitterizing” the mast head.