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Showing posts from December 13, 2014

If Twitter Is The News King, Is Instagram Really A Threat?

Could Instagram someday unseat Twitter as the primary social news service? Based on announcements and conversations this week, Instagram thinks so … but a Twitter board member clearly doesn’t.
The debate goes back to Wednesday’s news that Instagram has reached 300M active users, putting it ahead of Twitter, which most recently reported having 284M active users.
That news prompted some spicy remarks from Twitter co-founder, and current Twitter board member, Evan Williams, who told Fortune that user counts don’t matter and Twitter is about content depth, not breadth. [Ed. note: Pardon the four-letter word.]

If you think about the impact Twitter has on the world versus Instagram, it’s pretty significant. It’s at least apples to oranges. Twitter is what we wanted it to be. It’s this realtime information network where everything in the world that happens on Twitter—important stuff breaks on Twitter and world leaders have conversations on Twitter. If that’s happening, I frankly don’t give a sh…