And Biz Stone comes across every inch the smug, self-important asshole that I'd have expected something as obnoxious as Twitter to have come from.
Listen to him when Colbert challenges him on his absolute lack of a business model(and much else). It made me nostalgic, as I lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area during the Dot-Com Boom: he sounds exactly like any number of those other investor-bleeding start-up folks. This is pointed up when he mentions they're based in SF, to which Colbert responds, "So is Pets.com."
This worked once when there was lots of investor money and gullible venture capitalists around, and you could prosper on buzz alone, which is what Stone is talking up here. But during a Depression? Perhaps Stone was born too late...
Also: so Twitter is essentially just a text-messaging thing? (its messages are in 140 characters because text messages are 160 and they wanted to leave a space for usernames) So what's to stop anyone else from coming up with a version of this? It's only a use of a service they didn't create. Hm.
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