Saturday, November 8, 2014

Picking up the GTEX torch where I appear to have dropped it during the IPO: Jeet Heer on the Twitter essay

Like so many things in my life, the Twitter IPO loomed large on my horizon & I kept turning away until I could scale it properly. When that didn't happen, as with so many things in my life, I felt as if I could not move on to other observations about the use/abuse/evolution of Twitter until I had finished climbing the IPO mountain properly & could view the world from that summit of achievement.

So this blog, like so many things in my life,  has lain dormant.

But this observation by the great Twitter essayist Jeet Heer needs posting, and reading.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summertime=empty university inbox=back to the Twitter blog. First up: Mathew Ingram on Twitter's confusion over what it wants to be.

Sadly, my analysis of Twitter''s IPO materials went the way of so much else during the school term: to the bottom of the curriculum design/meeting/marking/lecture writing file.

But now that the lilacs and poppies are in bloom, it's time to get back to crunching some of those numbers. This summer: Twitter monetization, friend or foe?

In the meantime, an astute and entertaining analysis by Mathew Ingram of GigaOm, who poses the multi-billion-dollar question: What does Twitter want to be?

Read it here:


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: