Need a job? Twitter’s hiring
Twitter’s looking for a business product manager. Michael Arrington at TechCrunch sees it as the first step in Twitter’s plan to ramp up revenue, adding:
“Most startups in this position simply sell themselves before it becomes too much of a problem and let their new parent deal with it (see YouTube). A nice side benefit of having no revenue is that the MBAs can’t use your actual financials to determine your valuation.Twitter is likely to do the same, but these uncertain financial times mean Twitter can’t count on a definite exit anytime soon (although I’d bet money Google buys them within six months).”
“But it’s becoming more clear that while a business model is of course important, Twitter is perhaps the perfect example of a company that can afford to take its time in finding the one that is perfect for it. That’s because other businesses are building so much on top of the micro-messaging service and using it for their own services. If worst came to worst, and Twitter had to sell, there would probably be a bidding war of a magnitude that would make it seem like this country wasn’t in the midst of a recession.“
Siegler’s comment comes off the back of this nugget: Dell says Twitter has made it $1m in revenue through sale alerts. Smaller companies – take note.
Social media predictions for 2009
Former Forrester analyst Peter Kim, who’s currently setting up a supersecret social networking startup, has sought predictions from 14 great social media minds about what 2009 may hold for us, and collected them in a handy PDF and a Slinkset where people can vote the predictions up or down and add their own to the mix.
As Kim mentions in the comments on his post, he’s worked with, spent time with in person and exchanged ideas online with everyone who contributed to the document; proof, as if more were needed, that social networking is as much about making offline connections as it is about online collaboration.
Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb has collected five of their favourite predictions – around social shopping, access, measuring the success of social networks, quality vs quantity in social media and making the most of limited budgets – and added RRW’s take on the same.
US newspapers opens doors to citizen journalists
Citizen journalism in the US is getting a shot in the arm with the news that the Oakland Press is launching a classroom for citizen journalists, offering instruction in news writing, videography, basic news and sports reporting skills and still photography to anyone who’s interested.
“Beautiful. The best part is that the instruction will be done by members of the paper’s staff. Now I know some bloggers might say, ‘We don’t need your instruction, press people, you need ours.’ And the second half of that is true – everyone in this classroom can learn. But so long as the instruction is offered in the spirit of generosity – ‘Here’s what we know and how we ply our trade and we will no longer keep it secret as a priesthood but will share it openly’ – then everyone wins. The public can learn those tricks of their trade. The journalists build a new relationship of mutual trust with the public. The news organization expands journalism into the community – as the Oakland Press’ announcement eloquenty argues in what amounts to a white paper on the virtues of citizen journalism.”
Kirk Douglas has a MySpace!
Via Steve Rubel, we hear that Hollywood veteran Kirk Douglas at age 92 is blogging regularly at his MySpace. Reuters carries a news story but sadly one can only read the first space – the links to advance the story and well and truly borked. From the story it’s clear that Douglas is a natural born blogger:
“I express my opinion, and I tell them that they don’t have to agree with me because it’s a free country. [...] And their answers are very, very interesting.”