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kq4ym
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2/22/2017 | 8:19:22 AM
Re: Paging Mr. Twain
Despite having "lost more than $1.5 billion total since it went public," Twitter still hangs in there. I'm not a regular user and don't go there to get info or news at all. The idea of incorporating IoT devices and messaging is an intriguing idea and I suspect there's going to have to be some new and unique service that can generate some revenue to allow Twitter to survive another decade.
SophiaBeirne
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2/14/2017 | 9:29:17 AM
Agree
Interesting, I've been thinking about Twitter the same way for some time now. Nice to see someone put it in words. I'll be following on any updates.
danielcawrey
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2/11/2017 | 5:04:36 PM
Re: Dubious
The 140 character limit allows Tweets to be easily readable. It's also created a shorthand that makes the main stream really digestible. I think some of the things they've done to incorporate images has been good - but it really hasn't helped the company make any money. 
Mitch Wagner
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2/11/2017 | 4:41:38 PM
Re: Dubious
I had a sentence or two about the 140-character limit in my original draft of this article, but I cut it out. Twitter's core users love the limit. 
Mitch Wagner
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2/11/2017 | 4:37:11 PM
Three unique characteristics of Twitter
1- It's bite-sized. Easy to post, esay to read, doesn't require a time commitment. You can look at it on the supermarket checkout line, and put it down the instant something else requires your immediate attention. 

2- It's just as easy and fast to post. 

3- It's by default a public forum. Facebook is private by default -- you share only with your friends. Though it's possible to post publicly to facebook, it feels like a bolt-on. With Twitter, it's built that way from the beginning. Same for anonymity. 

These are the foundations on which a successful revival for Twitter would be built. 
Technica98661
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2/11/2017 | 1:30:24 PM
Cloud wasn't really a pivot for AMZN, it was an expansion
I think of pivots as when you change your business model for something else.  A think a better example is how Apple went from a PC manufacturer to a Phone maker.

Bezos is all about economies of scale.  He had to build a big server farm to support his operation, he thinks he can sell that and save himself, and customers, money.

But, that's a quibble.  I agree Twitter is dead or dying and pivoting for them would be a great idea.

I thought they were onto something with the video/TV tie-ins, but that doesn't seem to be going anywhere very fast.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/11/2017 | 8:12:34 AM
Re: Social media is social
@Mitch: And I'd like to go back to MS-DOS and Windows 3.x.  Maybe occasionally taking advantage of one of those free-trial months on AOL if I got *really* bored.

Frankly, I was much happier using Windows Terminal to log into and manage dial-up BBSes, and relying on the local cable company for video content.  (It forced me to be creative about entertaining myself when there wasn't a show I liked that was on.)
Joe Stanganelli
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2/11/2017 | 8:09:50 AM
Re: Social media is social
@mhh: hahaha!  Doesn't that make it, um, not quite open?  ;)
Joe Stanganelli
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2/11/2017 | 8:09:07 AM
Dubious
I dunno.  I'm dubious.  I remember people saying much the same thing about Twitter's imminent death about 5 years ago.

Twitter is far from the only "major" Silicon Valley company to be losing money fist under fist and still be around and "going strong."  (Pandora, for instance, comes to mind.)  And the profitability of companies like Uber and Airbnb is suspect given that they *don't* use generally accepted accounting principles when they claim that they are "profitable."

That said, the points about Twitter's 2007 technology are well-taken.  But I think they'd do better to embrace that rather than to keep trying to update it.  (For instance, people always kvetch about the 140-character limit -- but the 140-character limit is what keeps people reading!  Scrap the character limit, and you just have an uglier Tumblr with less functionality.)

And hey, if Twitter or any other Silicon Valley darling really goes in the toilet, maybe they can count on Altaba -- the unpurchased portion of Yahoo that's turning into an investment company -- to buy it.  ;)
mhhf1ve
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2/10/2017 | 5:43:00 PM
Re: Social media is social
Ironically, the open web might actually make a comeback-- but it'll be encrypted.
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