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Twitter founder Ev Williams has choice words for Instagram, Facebook

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Dec 2014 20:57

Twitter founder Ev Williams has choice words for Instagram, Facebook Twitter co-founder and board member Ev Williams had some choice words for rival social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.
Speaking during a recent interview, Williams said: "It's a question of breadth versus depth. Why is users the only thing we talk about? The crazy thing: Facebook has done an amazing job of establishing that as the metric for Wall Street. No one ever talks about, 'What is a [monthly active user]?' I believe it's the case that if you use Facebook Connect -- if you use an app that you logged into with Facebook Connect -- you're considered a Facebook user whether or not you ever launched the Facebook app or went to So what does that mean? It's become so abstract to be meaningless. Something you did caused some data in their servers to be recorded for the month. So I think we're on the wrong path.

If you think about the impact Twitter has on the world versus Instagram, it's pretty significant. It's at least apples to oranges. Twitter is what we wanted it to be. It's this realtime information network where everything in the world that happens on Twitter -- important stuff breaks on Twitter and world leaders have conversations on Twitter. If that's happening, I frankly don't give a shit if Instagram has more people looking at pretty pictures."

It was announced earlier today that Instagram has reached 300 million monthly active users.


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