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June 26 2013


Twitter’s planning new ways to “cover” live events

Sarah Perez at TechCrunch reports that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said the platform was working on “better ways to filter the ‘signal from the noise’ during live events, including something he referred to as a ‘DVR mode.’”

“That ability to track and monitor the moments within an event, either as they happen or to catch up with them, is something we want to enhance,” said Costolo. “We want to make that experience even better, curating the moments within the event, the media from it, and making it that much easier to navigate”…

“We’re not in the business of synthesizing and analyzing,” he said of the data on Twitter. “It’s the journalists and the news organizations in the world who will take all this info and analyze and curate it as they’ve always done,” he explained.

To address the signal from the noise problem, Twitter is experimenting with a new live events tool that aims to keep that “roar of the crowd,” while still highlighting the key moments. Right now, keeping track of live events on Twitter is very basic — you’re essentially just following the tweets in reverse chronological order, the CEO explained.

It’s another instance of the eternal web tension between what’s latest and what’s most interesting. I’m curious to see what they come up with.

May 29 2013


Twitter’s Dick Costolo: We’re a complement to news orgs, not a replacement

Also at D11, Twitter’s Dick Costolo talked about the state of the company and platform. That included a bit about the news business. This is from All Things D’s Mike Isaac’s live paraphrasing of Costolo’s on-stage conversation with Kara Swisher:

Kara: Let’s talk about the boston marathon and events like this. Do you have a responsibility here? Are you the new news org?

Dick: About Boston — when events like these happen, my perspective.

In the moment, the horror is very personal. I turned to Twitter to see if friends [like Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley] are safe.

But it’s always been the case that folks are trying to sift through what’s out there and verify what’s true.

The beauty of Twitter today is that when those sorts of rumors surface, the crowd is doing a very good job of sorting out what’s real and what’s rumor very quickly.

We think of ourselves as very complementary to news orgs.

We’re the platform for global information distribution for the people, by the people.

The news orgs are the curators, the editors, the analysts. They do that important work.

Kara: Will you become more of a news org?

Dick: No, I see us partnering more with news orgs to distribute this real-time feed of info, probably working with companies that can help organize that information and dole it out to news org readers.

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July 25 2011


Status of ... Twitter - It's still whistling

New York Times :: Twitter is facing a federal government investigation, competition from Google+ and the departure of two of its founders. But Dick Costolo, Twitter’s chief executive, has a message for the naysayers: the business is growing just fine. “We’re growing faster than we’ve ever grown,” Mr. Costolo said Tuesday at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. People send a billion Twitter posts every five days and 400 million people — not counting Twitter apps — visit its Web site each month, he said.

Still, Twitter is in the early days of turning all that usage into revenue.

State of Twitter - continue to read via Claire Cain Miller, bits.blogs.nytimes.com

May 28 2011


Appointed - Twitter's Dick Costolo now member of President Obama's Advisory Committee

Business Insider | SAI :: President Obama has decided to appoint Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to his National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Costolo will be joining executives from Microsoft and McAfee, as well as Dan Hesse of Sprint Nextel and Ivan Seidenberg of Verizon

Continue to read Alyson Shontell, www.businessinsider.com

May 26 2011


Dick Costolo, Iain Dodsworth: "TweetDeck has been acquired by Twitter"

Mashable :: After months of rumors, Twitter has finally announced that it has acquired TweetDeck, one of the most widely used third-party Twitter applications. Dick Costolo, Twitter's CEO and TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth made it clear that TweetDeck development will continue and that it will remain largely independent.

[Iain Dodsworth, Tweetdeck:] Change may well be inevitable, but we remain the same team, staying in London, with the same focus and products, and now with the support and resources to allow us to grow and take on even bigger challenges.

Continue to read Ben Parr, mashable.com

Continue to read Iain Dodsworth, blog.tweetdeck.com

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