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Many of Twitter's 200 million registered users are not active on the site, and Jack Dorsey is looking to change that

Social networking sites have become wildly popular in recent years, allowing people to connect with loved ones and friends they haven't seen in ages. Social networking has also become a huge marketing tool. But the competition is fierce, and Twitter is looking to become a larger player in the competitive social networking ring. 

Sites like MySpace, which has recently shifted its focus toward entertainment, and Facebook, which has over 500 million active users and a movie made about its creation, have dominated the social networking industry for some time now. While Twitter has risen in popularity since its launch in July 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is looking to make the microblogging website more "mainstream." 

Twitter is the place for short messages of 140 characters or less, and a way to stay up-to-date with friends, family and even celebrities who are avid Twitterers like Conan O'Brien and Charlie Sheen. Twitter has certainly made a presence in the social networking world with more than 200 million registered users, but according to a research firm called eMarketer, very few of these users are active. In fact, "less than 25 percent of Twitter users generate about 90 percent of tweets."

Now, Dorsey has stepped in after nearly a three-year absence in an effort to make Twitter more appealing to the masses. He will act as Twitter's executive chairman, and supervise product development from here on out. Dorsey was initially Twitter's chief executive until Evan Williams replaced him in 2008. 

"We need to refocus on the value and that is my goal in the next few months," said Dorsey. 

Despite increased competition and lack of appeal to the masses, Twitter has still grown significantly since its launch. In December 2010, the microblogging site was valued at $3.7 billion in a $200 million funding round by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. Earlier this month, investors valued the company at $7.7 billion at an auction of Twitter shares.  

"We have a lot of mainstream awareness, but mainstream relevancy is still a challenge," said Dorsey. 

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By Boze on 3/30/2011 4:37:43 PM , Rating: 1
Not quite sure what you were getting at

That Twitter is pointless.

but the thing I like the most about Twitter is the ability to choose the information I'm going to get and from who

This already exists... its called "Favorites" in IE and "Bookmarks" in every other browser. Also called RSS feeds for that matter.

If someone I'm following posts useless crap I don't want to see, I just unfollow them.

This already exists too. Its called "DEL" on your keyboard. Use it to remove bookmarks. Or feeds.

I follow tech news, various different sports, friends of mine, and other interests, at my choosing. I find it very useful to narrow the scope of information I want to see.

All this can also already be done... long before Twitter.

Again, I argue that Twitter is another useless "social networking" tool.

By SAmely on 3/30/2011 5:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree that it's pointless, and I'm aware of all the things you listed, but the only thing that comes close is RSS.

I don't disagree that it can be used as a pointless social networking tool, but it can also be used in other ways that I find useful. You don't, I get it. I don't know how much you've used it or your experience with it, either. But that may not matter given the strong tone you've presented.

By tng on 3/30/2011 6:39:21 PM , Rating: 2
I think that he like myself look at Twitter as mainly a social network that has limited uses given that we already have tools to do everything that it does, just not in one place.

I also think that like me his perception of the site is maybe colored by the fact that we see it used more for the pointless comments made by useless celebs and the like and not as anything that we would be interested in.

Facebook is also somewhat like this, but it does have it's uses.

By Boze on 3/31/2011 8:26:50 AM , Rating: 1
My perception isn't really "colored" by any of what happens on Twitter.

I asked myself, "What does Twitter provide to me which I do not already have access?" Nothing. There's literally nothing I can see on Twitter that I cannot see elsewhere, and usually in a more comprehensive form.

Twitter is SMS messaging in a medium that allows for essentially unlimited storage. SMS messaging limits themselves were a number just pulled out of thin air with no scientific or market research to back it up -

This is just one more technology that has extremely limited application and which vain people use to give their existence additional meaning. Its the same concept as "friend collectors" on Facebook. Only a small percentage of humans can effective manage a social circle larger than 150 people. The best humans can manage around a 1000. Its literally impossible to have meaningful relationships with 2000+, let alone 3000, 4000, 5000 like some Facebook users have.

Once again, I submit that Twitter is useful for a few, useless for most, and certainly not worth $7.7 billion.

By SAmely on 3/31/2011 10:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
I get what you're saying, but I can't help but think you're minimizing the possible uses of it.

The majority of what I care about on Twitter is people who post factual information, not those who have a stream of consciousness of their daily life.

I also like to see opinions from people I respect, that are on Twitter. I'm absolutely not friends with most of the people I follow on Twitter, which is currently at 139. So, it has nothing to do with a social space in that regard for me.

Not sure why I'm responding, but alas, I did.

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