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More on Twitter’s fluid leadership and global impact

Recently, I posted some quick info about the history and concept of Twitter, as well as a link to a Biz Stone interview.  Click here to read it.  One of the things I find fascinating about Twitter is the fluid, team effort that goes into running the company.  Biz talked about how the three co-founders, himself, Jack Dorsey, and Evan Williams, sort of swap in and out of the role depending on the needs at the time.  Ego just doesn’t seem to factor into the equation.

Dorsey, Williams, and Stone have also turned down substantial offers for Twitter, knowing that there’s more for them to accomplish with it.  Biz talked about the global impact and the positive change that can come from the info-sharing site.

Check out this article from Fast Company (click here) – an interview with Jack Dorsey – some of the same themes come up.  These three are very innovative – I can’t wait to see how Dorsey’s new mobile credit card idea, Square, works out!

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Don’t “get” Twitter? Facts from Biz Stone Interview on Stern Show

Last week, Biz Stone was on the Howard Stern show, and shared some of the background of Twitter and his view on it.  Even for people who are absolute non-fans of the Stern Show, this was a great interview!  Biz is one of the three co-founders of Twitter (including Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey).  I thought I’d share some of the info, straight from Biz himself, for those of you who don’t subscribe to satellite radio (which I recommend!).  To listen to the whole show (it’s about 45 minutes but worth it) click here.  Thanks to Matthew Keys for posting (@producermatthew on Twitter, http://www.matthewkeys.net).

  • Twitter was developed because the three co-founders were involved in a company that they weren’t emotionally invested in, so they wanted to develop something more fun and
  • Twitter started in 2006.  At that point, Facebook was still only for college kids.
  • The original idea of Twitter was to build onto mobile texting, which was built into every mobile phone, and was already big in Europe.
  • The reason Twitter only allows 140 characters is  so that the entire tweet plus your name (up to 20 characters) fits into the 160 characters on a text
  • The 140 character limit forces tweeters to be brief and say something interesting without losing readers
  • Twitter has become “following your interests” – Biz Stone
  • On Twitter, as opposed to Facebook, you don’t need to know someone to follow them – there’s no “request” for friendship.
  • Picture posting on Twitter is getting easier – if you use the iPhone, there’s a camera icon to share photos.
  • The “quote tweet” feature allows people to say why they’re retweeting someone’s tweet.  It’s now available on iPhone and iPad apps.
  • Twitter has “become this living, breathing thing that needs what it needs when it needs it”.  The three cofounders actually “trade off” responsibility for the company depending on what it needs at the time, and whose strength that is.
  • Twitter’s cofounders turn down many acquisition offers because they feel there is a lot of potential to create global impact and build Twitter into a real, lucrative business.

I’ve come to love Twitter – it’s where I get my news, research current trends in business, and follow my favourite entertainers.  It’s a great way to network with other with similar interests and develop your personal brand.

Follow me at my personal twitter account.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in Social Media, Technology

 

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My Favourite iPad Apps

I am a self-professed iPad addict.  It’s true.  I can’t get enough of it.  I rarely take out my laptop while at home now – everything I need is on the iPad.  I’ve tried various apps in the 6 months since I’ve had the iPad, and thought I’d share my favourites.

Pictureka! $1.99 – This is the most addictive game I’ve ever played.  It’s different every time, people of all ages love it.  Basically, it shows you a jumble of pictures and tells you to find certain things (like animals, things with hair, things in space, etc).  The number of things you have to find gets greater and more difficult as you proceed.  Sounds extremely simplistic, and it is, but the addictive fun factor is amazing!

Simon Says game.  Free!  This one brings back memories of playing with the little handheld Simon Says as a kid.  It’s just like the original – four coloured buttons that light up and play a tone when pressed.  You have to imitate what the machine does to keep going up in levels.  Again, simple but fun.

Vevo HD.  Free!  Great for watching the latest music videos, and you can create your own playlist of your favourites.

Sirius satellite radio.  Free for subscribers!  I’m a Sirius subscriber and now I can listen to Sirius anywhere!  I love this one.  It’s free as long as you already have a paid subscription to Sirius.

Smule’s Glee app.  Hours of fun.  The app is free, but you have to pay for the songs from Glee.  You can also use it with tunes from your iTunes library, though.  It’s like Karaoke on steroids.  The app harmonizes your voice with the Glee singers.  I’ll admit, mine never sounds in harmony, but it’s fun just the same!

Star Walk. $2.99.  When Steve Jobs referenced the iPad being magic, this is one of the things he was talking about.  This app allows you to hold the iPad up to the sky, and it points out what constellations you are seeing.  You can select a constellation and it will direct you to it.  Truly magical.

GoodReader.  $2.99 well-spent!  This is my favourite app for reading PDFs.  It allows you to highlight, add notes, replace words, and more.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Technology

 

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Texting and Walking… should it be banned?

It’s very clear how dangerous driving and texting can be, and the laws against it are clearly a no-brainer.  Now New York is proposing a ban on texting and walking.  Sounds a little crazy, but I’m sure by know we’ve all seen the “fountain lady” who fell into the mall fountain while texting and walking.  There have also been accidents while people have been  listening to their iPods and not heard traffic, and been hit or killed.

I’m not sure if I’m ready for a full ban on texting and walking, but I personally wouldn’t do it while in a busy area (like the mall) or on the street.  Can we make a law about common sense?

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Technology

 

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