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
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
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."
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.
need to refocus on the value and that is my goal in the next few months,"
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.
have a lot of mainstream awareness, but mainstream relevancy is still a
challenge," said Dorsey.