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From: Glenn Petersen5/8/2017 7:44:34 PM
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I will not allow this board to be politicized. I realize that Twitter exists in a political environment and that activity on its platform does influence both elections and legislative agendas. The company itself promotes its own political agenda in an effort to shape governmental policies that affect its business and economic prospects. It is an international company and occasionally adjusts its policies and practices in other countries to meet the political requirements of the country in which it is operating. Sometimes these “adjustments” may offend the sensibilities of those of us who are used to living in a free and open society. Unfortunately, it is a fact of life. Twitter is going to censor political posts that are overly aggressive and suspend accounts that were created for the specific purpose of disseminating information that is inaccurate. This is another fact of life. Twitter has the right operate as it wishes and to suspend the accounts of those individuals that have violated its Terms of Use. That is another fact of life. If Twitter’s practices and policies are unacceptable to its users, market forces will kick in and Twitter will lose both users and revenue. That is another fact of life.

As far as I am concerned, you are free to comment on and discus the above topics, as long as it is done in a civil and respectful manner. However, I would appreciate it if you could provide some context for your commentary.

Please avoid political posts that are short bursts of advocacy and unsupported by context. I want all of the participants (both active and lurking) to feel comfortable her and I am not going to let this board degenerate into a spitting match. There are other boards for those comments.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (1095)5/8/2017 8:34:59 PM
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I had my second Twitter account closed late Saturday evening. I had two tabs open on #MacronLeaks and #MacronGate. They said my activity appeared automated. Basically, I was checking those two hashtags and would like or retweet things that looked cool or interesting.

I didn't even make a Tweet with original content. I was just liking and retweeting things. Probably liked 30 tweets and re-tweeted ten.

So twitter shut down an account, because it didn't like the what that account was liking and retweeting. No original content posted.

Can you believe that? It boggles my mind. This goes with the AP story on Facebook shutting down tens of thousands of accounts ahead of the UK general election.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (1096)5/8/2017 8:45:18 PM
From: The Ox
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This can't be considered similar to the time you shut me down on the INFN thread without a chance to reply? No give and take, just a solid.....your banished? What? You don't think that's worthy of discussion? Banned. End of story......

So twitter shut down an account, because it didn't like the what that account was liking and retweeting. No original content posted.

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To: The Ox who wrote (1097)5/9/2017 12:24:19 PM
From: Sam
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Pretty amusing. Robert (that is, FUBHO) banned me from his Robotics thread because I posted a story from the New York Times.

Banned ------ Banned on ------------------------------- Moderator's Reason for Ban ------------- Link to Offending Post All posts
Sam02/20/2017 09:59amPosting FAKE NEWSTexas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull63


p.s. It was a very good article.
And he has me on ignore, but manages to comment on my posts anyway, lol....

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From: more1005/11/2017 4:41:46 AM
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Twitter is far superior to snap: 4x its revenue, 2x MAU, only 1/2 market cap, and $2.5bn in net cash. Will go into $20s and bought out!

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To: more100 who wrote (1099)5/11/2017 10:52:28 AM
From: The Ox
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SNAP, like a lot of IPOs, was a bit overpriced (IMO).

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From: Intelim5/13/2017 1:38:34 PM
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While I don't approve of this kind of mindless bans on their side, all these platforms themselves created all these instruments to promote various agendas - globalist or nazist or others. Probably unintentionally but they need to find more appropriate ways to address this issue.

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From: Glenn Petersen5/16/2017 4:56:52 PM
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File under "For What It's Worth." Biz Stone, a Twitter co-founder, is returning to the company:

What’s Happening with Me

Biz Stone
Co-founder of Twitter, Medium, and Jelly. Dad, husband, and inventor.
May 16, 2017

Jack and I in 2006 at 164 South Park—Twitter’s first HQ.


I worked at Twitter for about six years. In that time, the service grew from zero people to hundreds of millions of people. Jack was the original CEO and when he returned I was very happy.

There’s something about the personality of a company that comes from the folks who start it. There’s a special feeling they bring with them. Jack coming back was a big step forward. And now, it’s my turn—I’m returning to full time work at Twitter starting in a couple of weeks! How this came about is kind of a crazy story but, it’s happening.

How It Happened

A few months ago, I sold the company I most recently founded. The deal did not require me to work at the company we sold to, but I’m the type of person who has to keep working. I’ve made a lot of connections over the years and one of those connections offered me a really sweet gig. I accepted! I had everything all worked out?—?and then it happened.

Twitter decided to relaunch the Friday afternoon tradition of Tea Time for employees in SF. Jack invited me to join him as “special guest” at this restart of an old tradition. When I stood next to Jack addressing the crowd of employees, I felt the energy, and I was overcome with emotion. I realized in that moment that Twitter was the most important work of my life.

While we were on stage, Jack asked me to come back to work at Twitter. People cheered. But I wasn’t really sure if he meant it. After Tea Time, we spoke privately and Jack told me that he really did?—?he wanted me to come back and work at Twitter. The company I co-founded, the service I co-invented. I was stunned, but I knew the answer.

What I’ll Be Doing

My top focus will be to guide the company culture, that energy, that feeling. This is where Jack, and Twitter’s inestimable CMO, Leslie Berland, feel I can have the most powerful impact. It’s important that everyone understands the whole story of Twitter and each of our roles in that story. I’ll shape the experience internally so it’s also felt outside the company. More soon.

I’m not replacing anyone at Twitter. Somebody mentioned I’m just filling the “Biz shaped hole” I left. You might even say the job description includes being Biz Stone. Ev said it best when I told him about this turn of events, “Well, you’re among the best in the world at being Biz Stone.” (I’ve worked with him for fifteen years so I recognize his compliments.)

My excitement at the chance to work on Twitter again with Jack, Leslie and the entire team around the world is over-the-moon. As I truly believe, and as I’ve written before, the Tweets must flow. Twitter has woven itself into the fabric of our global society. The world needs Twitter, and it’s here to stay. I’m so lucky that I get to step back in and help shape it’s future.

Biz Stone,
Co-founder, Twitter Inc.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (1102)5/18/2017 6:50:29 AM
From: The Ox
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Message 31111441

Weibo overtakes Twitter in monthly active users.

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To: The Ox who wrote (1103)5/18/2017 11:41:35 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Weibo has apparently discovered the "secret sauce" that has eluded Twitter.

Weibo first quarter results (thousands)

Revenue: $199,201 (100.00%)
Sales and marketing: $46,450 (23.32%)
Product development: $47,163 23.68%)
General and administrative: $10,546 (5.29%)
Operating profit (loss): $55,81 (28.04%)

Market cap (billions): $16.9

Twitter first quarter results (thousands)

Revenue: $548,251 (100.00%)
Sales and marketing: $220,339 (30.19%)
Product development: $128,728 (23.48%)
General and administrative: $69,868 (12.74%)
Operating profit (loss): ($40,278) (-7.36)

Market cap (billions): $13.5

From the article you referenced:

According to US market research company eMarketer, social media's share of online advertising in China only accounted for 10% in 2016. That figure was 28% in the United States. However, the advertising market share in China is expected to rise with social media marketing becoming more acceptable, said eMarketer.

While Twitter is generating more revenue from each user, Weibo's cost structure is considerably leaner. Factor in economic and political risks. Bet the trend (Weibo) or bet on the next fix (Twitter)?

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