Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Not Bad for 5 Years Old….

March 22, 2011

Yesterday, Twitter celebrated its 5th birthday. On March 21st, 2006, founder Jack Dorsey sent his first “tweet”, beginning a revolution that would eventually change the way many of us communicate (I’m not among them, yet).

Since that time, some staggering statistics have been amassed.

Here are just a few:

  • Users send over 1 Billion tweets PER WEEK (the first Billion took over 3 years).
  • Over 460,000 accounts were added PER DAY last month
  • As of last month, Twitter is valued at somewhere between $8 Billion and $10 Billion on sales of (only) $110 Million

All in all, I’d say that’s not too shabby for the first 5 years in existence.

You may not have the next Twitter in mind, but somewhere, on a folded up bar napkin or the dark recesses of your brain, is an idea that (if you just had the guts to go for it) would change your life forever.



February 8, 2011

This week’s Fortune magazine features a one-page article on serial entrepreneur Adam Rifkin (see page 27).  The title of the article is “Fortune’s Best Networker”, and goes on to point out that Adam is, well, very connected.  He has 4,978 Facebook Friends, 5,673 Twitter Followers, and 3,087 LinkedIn Connections.

It also turns out that Mr. Rifkin also has 8,989 Quora followers.  Wait a second, Quora followers?  What the heck is Quora?

Funny you should ask.  This is the first I’ve heard of it too.  Apparently, Quora is a place where people pose questions and other people post answers to these questions.  Sounds a lot like to me.  But then again, perhaps I should refrain from comment, since before today, I had never heard of the site, and our friend Adam already has more Quora followers than he does friends on old-school Facebook.

I like Rifkin’s sole quote in the article:  “It’s who you know, not what, that’s responsible for the big things in your professional life”.  I agree.  And I don’t know if Quora will turn out to be The Next Big Thing or not, but if it’s a means to that end, then sign me up!

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