What's the Point of Twitter?
Just what is the point of Twitter? The Telegraph speaks to its chief, Dick Costolo, and two of its founders, Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey, in a bid to find out.
Just what is the point of Twitter? It’s a question that users of the ‘micro-blogging’ service will have been asked many times by those who are not converts. Unfortunately, Twitter's new chief executive, Dick Costolo, doesn’t seem to know the answer either. "I am working on clarity around that at the moment," Costolo admits. "I am currently trying to define what Twitter’s purpose is in the long term. We will be able to be more specific on that answer in the near future." Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and chairman, says: "It is hard to speak about Twitter’s vision without factoring in how much of its purpose has been defined by its users over the years.
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Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.
- Iron Age Scandinavians only had access to poor quality iron, which put them at a tactical disadvantage against their neighbors.
- To strengthen their swords, smiths used the bones of their dead ancestors and animals, hoping to transfer the spirit into their blades.
- They couldn't have known that in so doing, they actually were forging a rudimentary form of steel.
Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.
- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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