Twitter: Google+ Does Not Concern Us

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Twitter has spoken. And Google+ is not on its radar.

Co-founder Jack Dorsey spoke at a technology conference yesterday and stated that his company was much more than a social network and that Google's latest bid in the social space was not a concerning issue.

Describing Twitter as a personal news service as much as a "social network" like Facebook is considered, Jack called his microblogging platform an "information utility" in which "the biggest value is finding out what's happening in your world in real time." He also said that Twitter was still busy building itself and not focused on the competition.

The company, most recently valued at up to $8 billion, has been improving its business model over the past couple of years. After a slow start and a long-standing lack of sustainable monetization, the company's "promoted tweets" drove some serious revenue in 2011. Twitter has also been a relatively active acquirer, considering its size and youth, most recently buying Vancouver startup Summify.

Meanwhile, Google is claiming that its social network has 90 million users, 60% of which are active daily. But the "don't be evil" software giant is under heavy fire for favouring Google+ in search results and now forcing users to sign up for the network. Critics are flaming the company for being too user-data hungry, corrupting its famous search engine, and shoving Google+ down peoples' throats.

Company:
Google
Website:
http://www.google.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's largest search engine --... more

Company:
Twitter
Website:
http://www.twitter.com
Location:
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 world news to updates... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. 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 playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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