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Because I’m Happy….

People share more when they’re happy. They talk more, blog more, and tweet more.

That’s why when people go silent on social media we get worried. An inactive profile screams anxiety, confusion, or life changes.

It’s true however that a dormant account could also signify busyness or burnout. We all know someone who’s given up Facebook and Twitter completely. Even Jack Dorsey tweets less frequently today on Twitter.

People generally share less offline and online when shit hits the fan. We’ve all been stuck in the doldrums. It’s just amazing that life’s transitions can be seen with so few clicks.

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All Is Fair in Love and Twitter

He quickly considered the name “Vibrate,” which he nixed, but it led him to the word “twitch.” He dismissed that too, but he continued through the “Tw” section of the dictionary: twist, twit, twitch, twitcher, twitchy … and then, there it was. He read the definition aloud. “The light chirping sound made by certain birds.” This is it, he thought. “Agitation or excitement; flutter.” Twitter.

Nick Bilton breaks down the Twitter story. Jack Dorsey was the originator of the idea but also an internal renegade.

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Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

“Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company…Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.”

Keep it simple. Build a business around people’s extant needs and just leverage digital technology and the Internet to make faster and with fewer barriers as possible.

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Twitter IPO: Social network files for initial public offering of stock.

Like Facebook, Twitter makes its money primarily by selling ads, which gain a lot of their value from the advertiser’s ability to target specific groups of users. Twitter’s disadvantage relative to Facebook is scale: It has on the order of 200 million users, while Facebook has some 1.15 billion. But its advantage lies in timeliness and topicality. People check Facebook casually, when time allows. Twitter users tend to use Twitter quite actively, and in conjunction with specific events, like TV shows, rallies, concerts, and breaking news. So advertisers can craft ads tailored not only to a Twitter user’s general tastes and demographic profile, but to what that user is doing at the very moment they see the ad.

Twitter’s advantage is speed and hyper-relevancy, not to mention the people you follow are way more interesting than your friends in Facebook. You can also treat it like an RSS feed if you wish.

Twitter is really multidimensional because it grew up on the mobile phone, the reverse of a majority of all the other social networks minus Path. It’s not a desktop product by any means.

Give me some stock.

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Cool Kids

“We’ve come too far / To give up who we are” – Pharrell Williams & Daft Punk “Get Lucky”

Unfortunately, some people were never themselves in the beginning. They conformed, bowed down to the herd so they too fit in.

Popularity in high school and college is a game of nothingness. The world demands your uniqueness and creativity, not your ability to blend in like everybody else.

The cool kids are the weird ones. They’re the kids everyone remembers. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Jack Dorsey were all quirky in the early days. It turns out thinking different is just a stepping stone to innovation.

Never give up your individuality; the worlds looks to you for a sincere contribution.

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Seven years of tweeting

Twitter:

“it is more important to me than any news network or a wire service or any newspaper. Human, flawed, chaotic, raw, ugly, beautiful, wrong, right, emotional, argumentative, frustrating and deeply satisfying — that is what Twitter is. Just like the world it is supposed to mirror.” – Om Malik

Seconded. Twitter is incredibly dynamic for all forms of media but also because of its <140 character simplicity. Twitter is worth more than Facebook, period. It’s too damn indispensable.

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The four corners of Square

gif via the living moon

Jack Dorsey gives out a welcome package to new Square employees. Inside are Square’s guiding principles:

  1. We start small
  2. We collaborate in commons
  3. We round the square
  4. We craft the entire span in a breathtaking way

How we think shapes what we do.

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Dick Costolo: ‘You can’t plan the impact you’re going to have…’

“You can’t plan the impact you’re going to have.  You often won’t recognize it even while you’re having it.” – Dick Costolo

Live in the present, right now, and connect the past.  Just like Steve said.

To sum it up:

“Be bold.  Make courage choices for yourself.  Be in the Keebler Elf factory:  what are you afraid of?  Don’t always worry about what your next line is supposed to be…there’s no script.  Live your life.  Be in this moment.”

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art-dacity: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”—Babe Ruth
art-dacity: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”—Babe Ruth

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Twitter’s original logo when it launched 7 years ago today. The first tweet: “just setting up my twttr.” - @Jack
Twitter’s original logo when it launched 7 years ago today. The first tweet: “just setting up my twttr.” – @Jack