Twitter: 'We Are Not a Social Network'

Michael Abbot, the vice president of engineering at Twitter, spoke at the Mobilize Conference in San Francisco today.

Michael discussed Twitter and mobile, such as how the startup platform is adapting to evolving technologies, namely smartpones and tablets. Twitter is not underestimating the mobile revolution, he said, noting that 45% of tweets now come from mobile devices.

The VP also stated that Twitter is "not a social network," but rather "an information network." This has been said before—a year ago, actually—although it fell largely on deaf ears. Still, when you talk about the major social networks—Facebook, LinkedIn, perhaps Google+—you're obviously still going to include Twitter. After all, while its information streaming is infinite, the social elements of the microblogging platform cannot be denied.

Twitter is excited for Apple's October 4th media event, in which the iPhone and iOS 5 will be announced. This is because Twitter has forged a strategic partnership with Apple and its information network will be thoroughly integrated with the new mobile platform, a deal Facebook wish it had.

Interviewed by GigaOM's Om Malik, Michael said that Twitter is ignoring all of Facebook's wacky changes, maintaing its focus on the simplified experience it's provided since inception.

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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

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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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