Yes, I remember StickyBits. Cool functionality, but really just a feature, not an economically viable product. I didn't know the team transformed into Turntable.FM. Great move.
Greg, That is a great example. I didn't know that about Flickr.
Great news Paul. Congratulations! You have great investors and advisors in Tony Hsieh and Mike Arrington. I'm sure you will do well.
I like the idea of a startup diary. I mentioned to Erick that TC should do a startup diary from one entrepreneur, and a VC "day in the life" column. Good stuff.
I will be reading your stuff and cheering you on. Very excited for you.
Ram, Great work! At a conference like DEMO where they publish the attendee list it is smart to target the people you want to meet.
Several companies at Techcrunch Disrupt sent emails to me before the show requesting meetings. Smart move.
Conferences can be a huge value to startups if they work it.
Goyal, Good point. I will add a reference to Slide and DodgeBall.
The team is working on it, but I can't say anything about a date.
Rich, not sure what we disagree on here. As I said in the post, the thing that is nice about Twitter is that everyone can configure their follower list to meet their needs. For me that means keeping it to under 100 that I read everyday. For Robert it means following 32,000. I don't see the point in following that many...but that is just me.
My main point is that people who "follow" hundreds or thousands of people aren't really reading most of them. And people who think they have thousands of followers...really don't. It is all an illusion.
Robert, You are the one who got me started blogging, and got me on Twitter. I have watched you manage your Twitter streams and I admit you are amazing. You manage lists better than anyone I know.
But, following 32,000? You must have trimmed down considerably :-) That 80,000 number was from March of 2009. Even for you 32,000 is a lot. What is the point of following so many people when you can't possibly read all of them?
Andrew, you are probably right. Pretty sad. I never thought of that.
Orlando, that $500M was from a post more than 2 years ago. The valuation is probably 10X that now. I disagree that they will never come up with a profitable business model. I believe they will. But, this post is not about Twitter's valuation or business model....it is about the follower model.