April 20, 2009

Free to follow (or not) on Twitter

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Chris AbrahamAdam is an insightful fellow. He put into words what I have been thinking: celebrities are not ruining Twitter because nobody is forced to follow celebs — or anyone — on Twitter. Please read Celebrities Are Not Taking Over Twitter for the rest of the below insightful excerpt:

Celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Shaquille O’Neal and Britney Spears are not taking over Twitter.  A well publicized event like Oprah tweeting on her show won’t help.  Ashton vs. Larry King, in a contest to see which account, @aplusk (“a plus k”) or @cnnbrk can reach a million followers first is a publicity event that had lots of benefits for both in terms of building large networks, but they are not taking over.  Any way you slice it, their efforts are futile. They can’t take over Twitter because of one simple fact: people choose who they follow.

The Twitterati Version 1 are bitter and jealous but they should be ecstatic because they,  the first Twitterati, were, in fact, ground zero for something that has taken the world by storm.

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April 8, 2009

AOL executive on its social services toolbox

Ayelet NoffAOL sure is in an interesting place these days. They have a brand new CEO (ex Google VP Tim Armstrong), a legacy dial-up access business that more than 20 years after it was launched still makes billions of dollars a year and the rest of AOL split up into three different groups: Platform A, one of largest advertising networks; Media Glow, which includes AOL.com and mega blogs like TMZ and Engadget, and the group that most interests me, People Networks, which includes AIM, ICQ, Bebo, Yedda, Goowy and the newly acquired SocialThing.

People Networks is now planning an extensive synergy of all these properties (and also third party outside content) under the banner of “life streaming,” where users will be able to syndicate all their online activity into one stream.

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