Getting My Brain Back

big.brain.alien I can’t do it anymore. This has been a summer of social media. I’ve used it endlessly, made plans on it, chatted, read it religiously, and watched countless friends and friends of friends go on vacation. I’ve played a game of whack-a-mole with LinkedIn invitations and I’ve streamlined my automatic Tweeting systems. I’ve watched the world buzz by 120 characters at… Read More


Gillmor Gang: What’s That Sound

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor — struggle with the news and raw emotions of the death of Robin Williams and the Ferguson upheaval. The intersection of social and mainstream media is no longer the big story it once seemed to be.
Instead, the speed with which technology, particularly mobile, has transformed not only the… Read More



Twitter Launches New Ad Product, Promoted Video, Into Beta

Twitter NYSE Twitter announced this morning it will began beta testing a new feature called “Promoted Video,” which is aimed at brands looking to upload and distribute their videos to the Twitter network. The feature, which expands upon the Twitter Amplify program, was previously revealed during Twitter’s recent earnings announcement, when new CFO Anthony Noto teased the forthcoming… Read More


Twitter’s Small Chance To Maim Email

bird-of-prey There was a time, years ago, when Twitter almost killed their direct messaging product. The thought process seemed to be that it was an odd bit of cruft around an otherwise elegant, simple product. It was also undoubtedly hard to maintain and scale alongside Twitter’s other scaling issues of yesteryear. Or, at least, to justify the resources to do so. That would have been a huge mistake.… Read More


Gillmor Gang: Smoke Signals

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — talk Slack, Nuzzel, micro-audiences, notification strategy, Microsoft futures, Office on the iPad, and a Sunday brunch of tech nuggets. Not discussed but no less relevant, IFTT, Instapaper, Digg Deeper, MediaREDEF, voice roaming, and the amazing set of circumstances that prevented the… Read More


Twitter Picked Up 16M Active Users In Q2

twitter In its most recent quarter, Twitter didn’t just report stronger-than-expected financials. It also showed continued user growth, which has been an ongoing concern for the company. Twitter says there were an average of 271 million monthly active users, compared to 255 million in the first quarter of this year. (Of that total, 211 million active users were mobile, representing 78 percent of… Read More


Twitter Skyrockets After Reporting Big Q2 Revenue Of $312M, Profit Of $0.02 Per Share

twitter-earnings This afternoon Twitter reported its second quarter financial performance, including revenue of $312 million, and earnings per share of $0.02. The street had expected Twitter to lose a penny per share on revenue of $283.07 million.
Its revenue in the quarter was up 124 percent from the year-ago period. In the second quarter of 2013, Twitter’s revenue totaled $139.3 million. In its most… Read More