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Q: Is Quora Like Twitter? A: Not Really, But Tweets Sure Drive Traffic To It

You’ve likely seen friends posting links to Quora in their Twitter feeds and on Facebook by now and wondered what the latest fuss was about. You’ve probably even heard people call Quora the next Twitter. And while Quora may not be that, Twitter and Facebook have certainly played a large part in driving its growth.
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“We really want to make Twitter the source of information that you check several times a day on your mobile phone”: Evan Williams

Evan Williams made an appearance on NPR’s On the Media on Friday, and had some interesting things to say about the current state of Twitter, and what the network needs to succeed in the future.
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Twitter Has A New CEO (Somebody Tell @Ev To Update His Bio)

Read all about it at the official Twitter blog.

The challenges of growing an organization so quickly are numerous. Growing big is not success, in itself. Success to us means meeting our potential as a profitable company that can retain its culture and user focus while having a positive impact on the world. This is no small task. I frequently reflect on the type of focus that is required from everyone at Twitter to get us there.

This led to a realization as we launched the new Twitter. I am most satisfied while pushing product direction. Building things is my passion, and I’ve never been more excited or optimistic about what we have to build.

This is why I have decided to ask our COO, Dick Costolo, to become Twitter’s CEO. Starting today, I’ll be completely focused on product strategy.

The post is written by former CEO Evan Williams (@ev). Unfortunately, neither Evan nor Dick (@dickc) appear to be very good at using Twitter themselves, at least in a real-time sense, as both are still showing their previous titles in their Twitter bios.

In your own time boys.

Mark Zuckerberg Tops Vanity Fair's 100 Most Influential People; Evan Williams & Biz Stone Rank #9

Poor Jack Dorsey – always the bridesmaid.

1. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
2. Steve Jobs, Apple
3. Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, Google
4. Rupert Murdoch, News Corp
5. Jeff Bezos, Amazon
6. Bernard Arnault, LVMH
7. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor NYC/Bloomberg L.P.
8. Larry Ellison, Oracle
9. Evan Williams and Biz Stone, Twitter
10. John Malone, Liberty Media

Other notables – Johnny Depp (#20), Lady Gaga at (#23), Jon Stewart (#29), Mark Pincus of Zynga (#44) and Seth McFarlane (#81).

Check out the rest of the list here.

One Million Followers On Twitter? Big Deal. (Perhaps A Very Big Deal Indeed.)

Since I last wrote about the Twitter top 100 users (by popularity) there have been a few changes in the top ten.

Stephen Fry, who was looking a possible favourite for the overall number one spot just a month ago, has slipped from third to ninth. I’m not sure if there’s been any genuine backlash or whether other more world-famous celebrities have been more readily-followed by newcomers to the network, but he’s definitely lost momentum.

The Twitter top 100 (March 14, 2009)

Barack Obama held the number one position quite comfortably this time last month but he’s now been overtaken by the CNN breaking news account (@cnnbrk), although I wouldn’t expect this to continue indefinitely for a couple of reasons. One, that @cnnbrk isn’t actually that good at breaking news, and two, it doesn’t have the global appeal and eagerness to follow you back that Obama’s team does (Mr President doesn’t actually tweet himself). At the time of writing @cnnbrk is following just one other user, some guy called James Cox. Why is this so? (I’ve asked Mr Cox, but have yet to receive a reply.)

A few other celebrities have moved up the leaderboard in the last fortnight, notably @aplusk and @jimmyfallon, and the @twitter account has, possibly rightly-so, entered the top three, but what I want to focus on within this article is the great leaps most of the main Twitter users have seen in their total follow counts.

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