An idea of its time

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History is filled with instances of simultaneous invention, also known as multiple discovery, where more than one person or team arrives at the same point independently.

Classic examples are Newton and Wilhelm with calculus, Darwin and Wallace with evolution, or Bell and Gray with the telephone. It’s as though the answer was always there just waiting to be discovered and was destined to be found at that time.

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An idea of its time

Does the IPO herald a new dawn for Twitter?Comments

How can Twitter grow to satisfy investors after the IPO? Is change essential, will it foster much-needed engagement or does it come at a cost?

TwitterOver the past couple of years I have found myself going in circles when writing about how Twitter might develop; ideas that seemed fanciful wishes might actually become a semblance of reality. In the run up to its IPO, the company is making the news on a regular basis with much of the focus around how it will make money for potential investors, if at all, and whether a new design or functionality may contribute to this.

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Does the IPO herald a new dawn for Twitter?

Branching out – should Twitter acquire the Branch conversation platform?Comments

Branch builds on the Twitter experience by providing a framework for curated conversations but could it succeed as an integral part of the social network?

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BranchTwitter is due a shake-up and I maintain that the #discover tab could become the default view thus enabling the service to further engage the silent 40%. The site has been growing but whether this growth is sustainable with the status quo might be open to debate.

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Branching out – should Twitter acquire the Branch conversation platform?

6 years on Twitter.

Twitter26th December 2006.

Today marks the sixth anniversary of my joining Twitter and what a ride it’s been despite me not even being the most prolific of tweeters.

Six years is an eternity on the internet but, while the core principles behind the site remain unchanged and the maxim of 140 characters is sacrosanct, the service has developed in ways we never envisaged.

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6 years on Twitter.

What is a tweet?

TweetA tweet is just a message posted on Twitter isn’t it? A “micro publication”. It’s not actually that simple.

John Battelle hits on an interesting argument with regards to the “ongoing legal battle with a Manhattan court over the legal status of tweets posted by an Occupy Wall St. protestor”: who owns tweets? Battelle’s post title says “Tweets belong to the user” but I’m not so sure.

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What is a tweet?

Is Twitter the web’s best public identity service?

Are there wider implications from Twitter’s decision to cut services off from “find your friends” and do they affect the legitimacy of Twitter as a means of identification?

idRobinson Meyer argues in a post at The Atlantic that there are bigger civic implications of Twitter’s API restrictions such as removing “find your friends” access for Instagram and Tumblr.

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Is Twitter the web’s best public identity service?