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Interview with Twitter Founders

April 22, 2009

Maureen Dowd at the New York Times employs her usually acerbic style to an interview with the founders of Twitter. A sample:

ME (Maureen Dowd): I would rather be tied up to stakes in the Kalahari Desert, have honey poured over me and red ants eat out my eyes than open a Twitter account. Is there anything you can say to change my mind?

BIZ: Well, when you do find yourself in that position, you’re gonna want Twitter. You might want to type out the message “Help.”

I’m not a Twitter fan. With few exceptions, the technology only serves to distill our culture’s pathological exhibitionism into short, 140 character bites. The required brevity of Tweets does not encourage the more efficient expression of strong ideas. Instead, it simply encourages banal, routine observations that lack detail or insight. And the whole process rewards the insubstantial ramblings of the already well-known more than demonstration of accumulated knowledge. (See, Kutcher, Ashton v. CNN)

That said, the interview with the Twitter founders is worth a read, if only for Ms. Dowd’s combative questions and, to give them credit, the often agile responses of the Twitter guys.

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