What “Tweet” Needs to Become: To Share a Moment

Last week was big for Twitter. After years of speculation about whether the company was going to have a business model, Twitter announced two deals at our Web2 conference – first with Microsoft's Bing, and second with Google. Details of the deals were not disclosed, but as Google's Marissa…

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Last week was big for Twitter. After years of speculation about whether the company was going to have a business model, Twitter announced two deals at our Web2 conference – first with Microsoft’s Bing, and second with Google. Details of the deals were not disclosed, but as Google’s Marissa Mayers admitted onstage, there were indeed financial terms.  

What those terms might be strike me as secondary to the fact the deals got done in the first place. Sure, they probably consist of some combination of data services fees and revenue sharing, but the fact remains that monetizing a real time search result remains an elusive art, and one that honestly, Twitter does not want to cede to either Google or Microsoft. So while the two battling search giants may toss a not-insignificant amount of Adwords or AdCenter revenue into Twitters’ coffers, what really matters is the the traffic these deals potentially represent, and the validation of Twitter’s role in the real time universe. That, I’d argue, is priceless.

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Web 2 Summit: Microsoft’s Twitter / Bing Deal and Qi Lu

The interview with Qi Lu and Microsoft's Bing – Twitter deal announced at Web 2 last week. I'm working on a wrap post coming soon….

The interview with Qi Lu and Microsoft’s Bing – Twitter deal announced at Web 2 last week. I’m working on a wrap post coming soon.

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Web 2 Summit: Evan Williams

Big week last week for Twitter, two deals with two search powerhouses, new revenue, and new traffic will flow due to both. I asked about the pending search deals deep into the interview but Evan plays coy, the announcements come the following day….

Big week last week for Twitter, two deals with two search powerhouses, new revenue, and new traffic will flow due to both. I asked about the pending search deals deep into the interview but Evan plays coy, the announcements come the following day.

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Web 2 2009

Literally some of the best work I've ever been involved with, yet again, six years in. Many of you asked for the playlist I used for the show (coverage best seen at #w2s, lots of news happened at the event, including Sergey Brin stopping by). Here's a screen shot of…

Literally some of the best work I’ve ever been involved with, yet again, six years in. Many of you asked for the playlist I used for the show (coverage best seen at #w2s, lots of news happened at the event, including Sergey Brin stopping by).

Here’s a screen shot of my playlist. I’ll make it live soon. (And yes, btw, the songs and their timing with sessions often mean something. But I can’t really get into what and why right now.)

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At Web 2

Most of you probably know I'm at Web 2 this week, hence no posting. But follow the news on the #w2s hashtag, there's already been a ton, as this WSJ roundup shows…….

Most of you probably know I’m at Web 2 this week, hence no posting. But follow the news on the #w2s hashtag, there’s already been a ton, as this WSJ roundup shows….

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Twitter Continues Flattening, But Is This A Real Measure

Every month I look at Twitter's traffic, and for September, the trend continues to be flat to down. Has Twitter peaked, or is it time for the company to start showing us traffic through its API and via SMS, so we can really understand the service's growth? Here are Quantcast…

Every month I look at Twitter’s traffic, and for September, the trend continues to be flat to down. Has Twitter peaked, or is it time for the company to start showing us traffic through its API and via SMS, so we can really understand the service’s growth?

Here are Quantcast and Compete’s data.

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Happy Happy Time In Tech Land

Earnings are coming in that make for happy year over year comps, and hence, a happy time in tech land. Intel, Google, IBM all beating expectations – welcome news for an economy that has felt pretty damn terrible lately. And now the Dow has touched 10K and stayed there…

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Earnings are coming in that make for happy year over year comps, and hence, a happy time in tech land. Intel, Google, IBM all

beating expectations – welcome news for an economy that has felt pretty damn terrible lately. And now the Dow has touched 10K and stayed there – something we haven’t seen for a year.  

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Web 2: Help Me Interview Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong didn't need the job, but he decided to accept Time Warner's offer to become the CEO of AOL anyway. Why? That's the first question I have for Tim when he joins us at Web 2 next week. What do you want me to ask him? As you…

web 2 09.png_@user_61011.jpg Tim Armstrong didn’t need the job, but he decided to accept Time Warner’s offer to become the CEO of AOL anyway. Why?

That’s the first question I have for Tim when he joins us at Web 2 next week. What do you want me to ask him?

As you most likely know, Tim came to AOL from Google, where he ran North American ad sales for years. Clearly, Tim relishes a challenge, and sees an opportunity. And, while Tim probably is too politic to discuss it, AOL will be spun out soon, and either go public or become an independent entity (unwinding the most disastrous new/old media merger in recent history).

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