onsdag 24 november 2010

Twitter: ?No Plans For A Twitter News Network?, But It?s Still An Interesting Idea

Earlier today, Reuters ran a short interview with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in which he talked about the possibility of tweets being used to create a "Twitter News Service". It seems pretty likely that Stone was just running with a hypothetical idea that was on his mind at the time of the interview. (Okay, it seems very likely.) And in fact, it's hardly the first time a Twitter co-founder has talked about similar ideas in the press ? which nothing ever came of (at least not yet). But that doesn't mean it's not an interesting idea. As Stone tells Reuters about Twitter,�"From the very beginning this has seemed almost as if it's a news wire coming from everywhere around the world." Back in the early days of Twitter, it wasn't the�mundane�updates from web people that made the service so interesting to me, it was when it started being a go to place for realtime news. This started with Twitter's ability to spread links faster than other services at the time. But it quickly escalated into something much more when an earthquake would happen somewhere else in the world, or a massive fire would break out. People would be there, on the ground, tweeting about it in realtime. It made the traditional news outlets look like absolute dinosaurs. So it shouldn't be any surprise that now, a few years later, many of them are using the service on a daily basis to augment their news coverage.

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