Well, Twittermania has taken full hold in Silicon Valley. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Techmeme, a news aggregation site frequented by technology trade journalists, VCs, and PR people, now dedicates nearly half its front page to Twitter news, including putting direct links to the Twitter company blog above the fold.
For example, here are the links today just from Techmeme:
- Twitter will have an official Android App (TechCrunch)
- Sorry Bit.ly, Twitter confirms it will launch its own link shortener (TechCrunch)
- Twitter makes itself more useful (NY Times Bits)
- The details: How Twitter’s newfangled revenue model will work (VentureBeat)
- Twitter does 19 billion searches per month, beating Yahoo & Bing (Searchengineland)
- Tweet preservation (Twitter Blog)
Okay, I feel a bit nauseous. The direct links to the Twitter blog put me over the top.
What is it about Twitter? Is it the new Google? The next Microsoft? What’s all the attention? It’s fascinating because so many smart people I talk to say they still “don’t get” Twitter. After all, it’s not like Twitter has invented cold fusion. It’s about people sending short text messages back and forth.
One very smart person I spoke to a few weeks back — a guy that made a fortune as a SVP in a prominent tech IPO, worked a partner in a VC firm, and now works as a VP a private communications company — says he just doesn’t get Twitter. “I wish I could understand it,” he says. “It just seems like email to me.”
I run into other smart skeptics all the time (you won’t find them on TechMeme). Boy, I missed Twitter, they say. I still don’t get it. It’s okay, don’t feel bad: It is hard to imagine a company that periodically flashes a “Fail Whale” being the next global conglomerate.