Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took the stage at the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings yesterday to talk about changing the world in 140 characters. He referred to the social media network as the “global town square” and like a busy town square some of what you pick up there is news and some of it is just noise. Twitter excels at both and Costolo’s team is looking for new ways to maintain the balance between the two.
Twitter’s real-time nature makes it an exciting place to be when you’re monitoring an event from afar. Sitting in Arizonia during the London Olympics? Twitter delivers the joy of the gold medal win straight from the gold medal winner. Even better, it delivers the pride of small towns all over the world as they watch one of their own rise to fame for a few minutes.