Twitter: Apple is a Mentor to Us, Facebook is… Not

Twitter's chief executive officer, Dick Cosotolo, told Charlie Rose on PBS this week a few details about how the real-time information network perceives itself these days.

Costolo said that Apple "is in many ways a mentor company for us." He also affirmed that the two companies have "a great relationship." 

Facebook, however—not so much. "We're very different companies," he shrugged bluntly.

Interestingly, Twitter now considers itself primarily a mobile company. Yesterday, the social network made significant changes to its iPhone and iPad apps to mixed reviews.

Ironically, while we thought most of the changes were fine, we felt like Twitter became aesthetically more like Facebook. Functionally, of course, the two remain decidedly different.

San Francisco, California, United States

Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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