Well, I didn't think that the FT would be the first publication to write about Twitter as a cover story. But here it is in all its glory. The Financial Times' cover story on Twitter.
Mini-blog has Silicon Valley all of a Twitter
By Richard Waters and Chris Nuttall in San Francisco
Published: March 26 2007 03:00 | Last updated: March 26 2007 03:00
Silicon Valley is abuzz over a mini-blogging service for mobile phones that some predict will be a mass-market hit with the reach of a YouTube or MySpace.
Over the past two weeks, Twitter has attracted the sort of hyperbole the Valley reserves for its next internet darling - though such self-reinforcing adulationalso led to dotcom mania.
Jonathan Schwartz, chief executive of Sun Microsystems, singled Twitter out at the end of last week as the latest hit from the post-YouTube generation of "viral" applications that have the potential to attract massive online audiences.
The internet has "become so consumerised that social phenomena can take off like lightning", he said.
Warning against the temptation to reject Twitter as a flash in the pan, Mr Schwartz added: "YouTube was funny until it was worth $1.65bn (£840m) to someone," a reference to Google's purchase of the company last year.
"This is the first application that people have got excited about since Flickr came out," said Ross Mayfield, a Valley entrepreneur, comparing it with a popular photo-sharing site bought by Yahoo in 2005.
"I don't think it will be the next YouTube - but I do thinkit will gain wide adoption," he said.
Users of Twitter post short messages - up to 140 characters - that can be viewed either on a website or on mobile phones. "Twitter probably wouldn't have existed before blogging, when people learned to be more transparent," Mr Mayfield added.
Though launched publicly last summer, use of Twitter started to take off in the middle of March after it was adopted by tech-nology bloggers attending the South by Southwest conference in Texas.
As people such as Mr Mayfield lauded the service on their blogs, interest spread quickly among opinion-formers in Silicon Valley.