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How do you Twitter: Tim O’Reilly?

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Every day for the next week or so I will be interviewing a variety of marketers, advertisers, bloggers, SEO consultants, businesses, artists and Internet gurus on the latest micro blogging sensation to hit the interwebs, Twitter.

Today I’m really excited to have the thoughts of Tim O’Reilly on my blog!  The emerging technologies legend is extremely busy but took the time to share a few thoughts with me about Twitter.

How do you think Twitter has changed the way people interact online?

It has vastly increased the amount of serendipity.  Case in point: I noticed that Scoble was in Barcelona via twitter; connected him with Terry Jones of FluidInfo, who lives there.  Terry is a fascinating technologist looking for venture funding.  Robert did some video interviews, thought it was really cool; Terry got a term sheet the next week.

On a more personal level, I have a kind of “ambient intimacy” (@leisa is responsible for that term) with my family.  I learn small details about the day my wife and kids are having, and am closer than I have been in years (on a day to day basis) with my one brother who tweets regularly.  I learn small details that I’d never think to ask about.

Will we still be tweeting in 5 years?

No.  There will be better tools.

What can a big name brand do to be trusted on Twitter?

Have a person behind it.  ScottMonty of Ford is a good example.  He’s shilling for Ford, but it’s clear that he’s doing it.


Thanks Tim!  I really appreciate you taking the time to answer these questions.  Some fantastic advice there.

Check out some of the other interviews with a variety of Internet gurus below.  I’ll be uploading some more soon after Christmas.  Thanks to everyone who spared some wisdom for us.  We all appreciate it :)