Dick Costolo: “I Am Currently Trying To Define What Twitter?s Purpose Is In The Long Term.”

Posted Nov 26, 2010

Dick Costolo was interviewed in the Telegraph UK where he discussed what his role as the newly appointed Twitter CEO is. When asked what the long term vision of Twitter is, Costolo said ?I am working on clarity around that at the moment. I am currently trying to define what Twitter?s purpose is in the long term. We will be able to be more specific on that answer in the near future.?

Twitter was built as a project by co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey. Co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams became the faces of the company as they have been seeking ways to clarify the purpose of Twitter. Twitter has been heavily depending on its community to define what features should be built into the service.

?It is hard to speak about Twitter?s vision without factoring in how much of its purpose has been defined by its users over the years. Users came up with so many parts of the service, such as the ?hashtag? [which allows people to link to a subject or an event] as so many people use it in so many different ways,” said Dorsey. ?Twitter needs to continue being a good listener and recognize that the service has been redefined by lots of people, tweet by tweet, but also come up with its own priorities.?

[Telegraph UK]