Even multi-millionaire Silicon Valley whiz-kids have moments of irrational jealousy. Here is Sean Parker, founder of Napster and ex-president of Facebook (he was played by Justin Timberlake in the film Social Network), commenting on an article in Forbes.com:
Twitter is FAR from a Facebook competitor. To call Twitter a competitor is like saying Potato Chips is competition to Coca Cola. INCORRECT. What would replace Facebook if it ceased to exist? Twitter? No. That should be your 1st hint at if Twitter is a Facebook competitor. Steven Bertoni. You need to go to B School my friend. Your missing some remedial marks of the B world. It reflects poorly on your Editors at Forbes. Perhaps they need to be replaced. Your not adding INTEL. Your subtracting it.
The collective INTEL available via Twitter in form of two lines can be summed up in value and worth to when the Twitter heavy weight champion of all John Mayer said “I wonder what this button does” and deleted his account and its millions of followers. Follow him doing what? What does Twitter do exactly? I have hundreds of followers. And I have no idea who the hell they are nor do I care. I have no idea what they say nor interested in what they have to say. They “follow me”.
Twitter is kind of like the Nielson Ratings. It tells you how many people are watching you at that particular minute they decided to ‘follow you’. But it says nothing more.
To rely on Twitter as a measure of anything is akin to seeing ratings for the SuperBowl and assuming they are there for all time. The people I follow I can tell you I followed for that one second. I have no recollection of why I “Followed” them. They are worthless and meaningless and there is no way Twitter is organized in a way that will allow me to see what these people say in an organized or comprehensible manner. Twitters name in such times need to be changed to Jibberish. Which is why the heavy weight king of all time, amongst many others, have deleted this worthless account. Point of all this? Twitter is no Facebook. Friend.
Twitter is far from Facebook. Why it even exists , what is its worth or usefulness I will never figure out. Twitter is a Bubble waiting to Burst. It is the most overrated company on the face of earth.
To assume the 10 million following ABC Television during the SuperBowl are still following them 2 hours afterward is a critical mistake. Even in Nielsen ratings? Twitter is sheer absolute incomprehensible nonsense. Just ask John Mayer.
Steven Bertoni. Your not really to blame. Who is your editor? And why does he allow you to print cover stories littered with untruths that are exactly the opposite of what anyone knows out there. Twitter is no competition to Facebook. No more than Popcorn is to Coke. Different game. Very Very different game. Its like saying golf is competition for football. Get it in gear Bertoni. Wiser yet. Have your “Editors” get it in gear. They’re embarrassing themselves.