An open letter to Jack Dorsey
by Dave Winer Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hey Jack -- I know you've got a lot on your plate with Twitter, but the blogosphere could use some help and Twitter is in a great place to do it, and it could be a pretty big win-win.

Right now Facebook is completely dominating us. There's no good outlet for blog posts that integrates well with FB because they don't allow linking in their timeline posts.

If you look through Facebook, you won't find many outbound links, they do all kinds of things to discourage it.

So they're turning the web into a Facebook thing. Because that's where we have to post to get engagement. But we can't use the rest of the web. And that's the problem.

Twitter of course today isn't much help because of the 140-char limit.

Maybe you could help by simply adding an HTML type, and doing a scan on the text entering the system to make sure only certain features are being used, like:

  1. Linking.
  2. Simple styling (bold, italic, headings).
  3. Enclosures (for podcasting).
  4. Titles.

With that we could reboot the blogosphere, provide lots of new content flows, route around Facebook's dominance, and also btw provide a strong incentive for FB to add these features too.

What's good is that it establishes Twitter as a leader. Wouldn't hurt.

And I'd be willing to bet you have this technology ready to roll. ;-)


PS: I think I have to turn this into a blog post, but I really did write this as an email to you.

PPS: I am a Twitter shareholder. I bought a bunch of stock at $33. I'm ready to roll the dice. I bet anyone holding $TWTR now is ready too.