What comes next after unpaid microcontent? Try 4,700 words about foreskins, at about $3 a word. That, according to a source, is what Sloane Crosley supplied to a new project called Medium, from Twitter co-founder Ev Williams. Williams won’t pay you for a Tweet but, for now at least, he might pay you depending on who you are.
Twitter Inc.'s been spinning quite a turnaround story in the press lately. The microblogging service "has finally turned a corner," declares the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek. "It's a juggernaut," a company executive tells the magazine. But the hard numbers we've been provided paint a very different story.
Having failed to make Twitter a beacon of corporate responsibility, co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone launched a new venture to "unlock human potential" and "improve the world." Which they are totally going to get to, just as soon as they finish their tequila and champagne bacchanal at the VIP table of a Las Vegas nightclub.
Twitter CEO Evan Williams is quietly attending the annual "CEO Summit" at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, TechFlash reports, even though his second in command is busy at conferences too. We'd suggest sale negotiations, except that "Windows Live Twitter" sounds so very implausible and wrong.