Apple needs a visionary, someone willing to take risks and make big bets. Jobs was that guy and they no longer have someone with his rare combination of guts, genius and leverage to do insanely ambitious things. I don’t doubt Apple will continue to be a successful company but until they find that unique leader, they won’t be a “special” company.
Most of the reporters there aren’t trying to cozy up with sources or the people they’re supposed to cover. They’re trying to feel cool because they’re among celebrities. I agree with Foster that the real slimy boundary-crossing by journalists with those they’re supposed to hold accountable happens on a day-to-day regular basis, not at some once a…
Assuming this model is accurate: smaller, focused on highly engaged audiences, building their own tech/platforms, less content, highly produced content. Paywalled?
This sounds like hyperlocal, which has struggled to sustain itself.
To expand on this, I believe Twitter could still make changes to make itself more useful to new and non-power users and still provide the same utility to power users like myself. I think it’s a false premise that it’s an either/or.
I don’t agree with Ben’s premise, which is that Twitter has to beat Facebook. Twitter can be a fine business, maybe not as big or profitable as Facebook. “Beating” Facebook would likely mean changing what makes Twitter so damn useful.
If you’re using attention as your metric for “winning” then of course Facebook wins by…
Wil, thanks for your support from the early days of Circa and now. The whole team, myself included, were always excited when you would pick up and share something we did. Here’s to following your passions and making that your guiding principle.
That’s awesome to hear, especially coming from you Tim. Would have really enjoying collaborating with you on Circa. I hope we’ll get to work on something together in the future.
Thanks for the kind words about Circa.
Summly was released a few months before Circa’s first version, though Ben Huh first published some early concepts that became Circa back in May of 2011, well before Summly’s release. However, Summly didn’t attempt to atomize, that came along later in News…