Interview with Twitter CEO Evan Williams

By Justin Mann on October 5, 2009, 1:20 PM
Twitter's future varies greatly depending on what pair of eyes you're looking through. Many expect it to be purchased by a third party or integrated with other services, and some foresee its failure. All seem plausible, though a purchase may be Twitter's best option. Financial issues aside, where does the company see itself going? Some interesting information along those lines and more was unearthed in an interview with Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter. Speaking about Twitter's technical challenges, Williams tersely revealed plans the company has to stay afloat.

One of the biggest issues he mentioned was credibility. Tweets can be very anonymous, and their real-time nature leaves any information from them up in the air in terms of reliability. He mentioned that there are systems being developed right now to help offer more credibility, such as the ability to identify the physical location of where a Tweet was sent from. Another option being considered is a reputation system, given the people who read said Tweets an opportunity to rate their trustworthiness.

He didn't play the anonymous aspect of Twitter down. He said both anonymity and reliability are important, so finding a balance is their immediate goal. This is just speculation, but it could be that Twitter may delve into several different classes of Tweets -- some for people who prefer to remain anonymous, and some for those who want to be trusted at the expense of revealing more information about themselves. It's a short interview, but if you are interested in Twitter at all it's worth a read.




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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The Twitter phenomena seems way out of whack to me. The only people who seem to use it regularly are the media and celebrities. I work in the high-tech industry with a ton of friends and co-workers and not one of us use it (although all of us have signed up for it). It seems to be more of a promotional tool than anything.

With all the other ways to communicate - IM, e-mail, texting, voice, etc., combined with the limitations of Twitter, I just don't see how it can sustain itself (unless it gets packaged in with some other product). In fact, if it weren't for the media and celebrities promoting it with every other sentence, my guess is it would already be gone.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

@TomSEA, I agree with 99% of what you just said.

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