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Everyone had to endure major life changes and upheaval in 2020. We also had to hear a new term way too many times — ‘social distancing’. But the phrase was never right because it was really about physical distance. The truth is that we have grown closer socially. As a result of the pandemic, many have woken up to the importance of family, friends, and even strangers. That human connection is a vital part of our daily energy and mental health and ‘social’ has emerged as one of the most important topics of 2021.
Tools that can create media that looks and sounds just like us — that can mimic behavior, convey any kind of information, and resonate deeply with people on an emotional level, are both exciting and scary. With fake media and deepfakes already threatening objective reality toward manipulative ends, it’s imperative that there be ethical policies, guidelines, and safeguards around how beneficial AI is created, and dangerous AI is prevented.
There is no question that AI is here and increasingly being woven into the fabric of our lives. However, there is an urgent question. How do we prepare to co-exist with…
The true promise of technology is to amplify the best traits in humanity. It doesn’t always seem like that, and I’ll admit there are legitimate concerns about the possible negative impact of the fourth industrial revolution. However, being the hallucinogenic optimist that I am, I like to focus attention on the bright spots that show us a beautiful future.
I’ve recently invested in one of those bright spots. Visit is a startup in India that amplifies humanity — while solving a very big and serious problem. Visit plans to democratize healthcare by shrinking the shortage of doctors using AI. According…
Jack published this Twitter Thread, because he knew it was the right thing to do. I am 100% supportive and helped write it. I’m republishing it here for a similar but different audience because I hope any organization serving the public conversation, will take note. The work Twitter does openly in this space will ideally help similar organizations.
We’re committing Twitter to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable towards progress.
Why? We love instant, public, global messaging and conversation. It’s what Twitter is and it’s why we‘re here. But…
Note: These are not my words. I copied them here so they would be easier to read. These words were posted by Twitter’s @Policy account in a Twitter thread. https://twitter.com/Policy/status/912438046515220480
Some of you have been asking why we haven’t taken down the Tweet mentioned here.
We hold all accounts to the same Rules, and consider a number of factors when assessing whether Tweets violate our Rules.
Among the considerations is “newsworthiness” and whether a Tweet is of public interest.
This has long been internal policy and we’ll soon update our public-facing rules to reflect it. We need to do better on this, and will.
Twitter is committed to transparency and keeping people informed about what’s happening in the world.
We’ll continue to be guided by these fundamental principles.
The hashtag was born on Twitter 10 years ago today, and it has become one of the most recognizable and widely used symbols of our time. Here’s how.
In the summer of 2007, a web marketing specialist and avid user of Twitter, Chris Messina walked into our grungy office at 164 South Park (yes, people would just walk in back then) and made a suggestion to me and a few other Twitter employees who were sitting nearby. We were working frantically to fix a tech issue that had brought Twitter down, as was often the case in those early days.
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.
Ben Finkel and I co-founded Jelly four years ago to create a human powered search engine. We’ve accomplished that with our tiny little team — despite a pivot and an un-pivot. Askjelly.com works as we dreamed it would. We’re proud of the work, and we’re proud of our team. We’re proud of our company culture, and we’re proud of all the Helpers who signed up.
My advice to entrepreneurs when raising another round, as Jelly was about to do, is to consider acquisition offers. Reasons for accepting vary. One reason is getting your work to millions of people right away…
The Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Tap are all smart, voice-activated speakers for your home. People use them to set timers and play music. But, you can ask Alexa, the nice lady inside these devices, anything you want because she’s connected to the web and web search. Now, you can ask her subjective questions because Jelly is one of her new skills.
If you say, “Alexa, install Jelly.” She will prompt you on how to use Jelly over the Amazon Echo. Jelly, in case you don’t know, is a new kind of search engine that finds the right person…
The time is always right to do what is right. Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free men. I didn’t come up with those words, they are from Martin Luther King Jr. and President Eisenhower, respectively. Nevertheless, they ring true today. That is why, today, Jelly is adopting a new internal policy.
Following the lead of Evan Weaver, a rare talent and wonderful person who worked with me early at Twitter, Jelly now offers paid time off for civic engagement. Those who feel they ought to be at…