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2012 Session Notes

Taking the Pulse of the Planet

Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
in conversation with Steven Levy, Senior Writer, WIRED

We’re confident we’ve got a hit on our hands. I’m never going to compromise for short-term revenue.

  1. I wanted to make sure the voice of the inventor was incorporated to how the product evolved.
  2. The thing that ties all the Twitter stories together is this context — Vision for the company: Twitter brings you closer. We left it open-ended because our users have always finished our sentences for us.
  3. I’m never going to optimize for short-term revenue at the expense of either the UI or the longevity of the company. If people think we’re going about it too cautiously, I don’t care. I appreciate everyone’s concern for our business, but it’s working phenomenally well.
  4. Are we in a bubble? Idk. I don’t really know, and I don’t really care. I don’t think about the things I do in that context, and it wouldn’t really inform any decision I made.
  5. Users own their own tweets. Period. If that’s what people wanna do with their tweets, they can go ahead and do that. We’re not going to say, “users own their own tweets unless they have a relationship with some third party, etc., etc.”
  6. There are specific intricacies to sentiment analysis on Twitter. People love to be ironic on Twitter, and irony turns out to be something that's difficult to extract on Twitter. So we're going to let 3rd parties who are sophisticated in that spend their time doing that.