Thursday, November 7, 2013

The $1.8 billion question: what will Twitter be & do after its IPO?

I plan to retain the original name of this blog to remind me of this project's original purpose. That said, it is going to have to veer--at least for a while--into an effort to track the changes to the microblogging environment created by the pressures of becoming a publicly-traded company.

You can start by firing up Twitter and searching #ring

This Vine says it all:

Twitter cannot possibly remain the same. Now it must stop losing, and begin to make, money. Can it do that and remain as fluid and adaptable a platform for all of the things I have observed that this technology & the community it has built have been able to accomplish in the past six years?

Like journalism, and human beings, I will predict that whatever the answer, it will not be dull.

AS A STARTING POINT: I offer this: piece from the Telegraph, for which I give thanks to the Globe and Mail media reporter and pundit, Steve Ladurantaye.

[His excellent media blog can be found here:

Although it is not about Twitter, & therefore presents a digression from the purpose of GTEX2012, it's worth reading for industry insights and imaginative posts such as this: ]

I will also link to this document, which, while it is the last thing anybody would be finding their way to this little blog in search of--because people who care about the fascinating crumbs at the bottom of the deep documentary dish will have already read this--I will add it nonetheless because I believe that nobody should ever make up their minds about anything until they have read all the regulated disclosure documents:

The Twitter Prospectus. Read it and what? ponder; speculate? watch this space:


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Twitterature: Film maker Steven Soderbergh writes a novella, "Glue", 140 characters at a time, on Twitter

Soderbergh (Sex, Lies & Videotape; Erin Brockovitch; Oceans 11, 12 & 13; Out of Sight; Side Effects) has announced his retirement from big-screen/cinematic film making (although he is, interestingly, writing, directing and producing for television) has also turned to Twitter as a medium that offers him room for artistic expression, beyond--or different from--the ones he has employed in the past.

Like everything Soderbergh does: intriguing. And ultra cool.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

GTEX 2013: Twitter+data mining/management+graphic software=illustration of collective thinking

THIS is an amazing use of Twitter, via @DougSaunders

This strikes me as being right up there. a.k.a., as intriguing and useful, as the work Stanford is doing with predictive social network analysis*:

Pew Research graphic: See our graphic illustrating the shifting conversaton on about



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Has Twitter turned into the online equivalent of cable news? Reuters Ben Walsh thinks so




@ the Liquid News Room

In a crisis, Twitter morphs into cable news

By Ben Walsh
December 19, 2012


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

(Other persons' thoughts on) The Impact of Twitter on Journalism from PBS via Mediabistro

Worth watching and thinking about:

Civic engagement: Twitter as tool

"Graphic" Matt Elliott of Metro reminds Toronto residents to speak--or at least click--now or forever hold their peace. City council is willing to listen to people talk about the upcoming budget but only if they register by 4 p.m. on Dec. 4. Matt Tweets:

The content in this Tweet is the property of Matt Elliott and is replicated here for educational purposes.

The Great Twitter Experiment 2012--soon to be 2013--will continue to look for examples in which Twitter is used for this purpose. Other examples are welcome and will be added to this space.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Arjun Basu invents the "Twister", writes short stories in 140 characters

@arjunbasu a.k.a Content Director of Spafax Canada and past president of th Canadian Magazine Awards has coined the word "Twister" to describe the short stories he writes and posts on his Twitter micro-blog.

An example: 

Another example:

These Tweets are the property of Arjun Basu & are reproduced here for research and educational purposes because they represent a unique use of Twitter--or at least one that was previously undocumented on the What Would Morgan (a.k.a. E.M. Forster) Do? blog.