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Teen tweeter cashes-in on SUL placement

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 by Dave Winer.

BBC: "A Twitter feed set up by a Dutch teenager as a hobby has been taken over by Microsoft news channel MSNBC.com." Permalink to this paragraph

The report emphasizes the rate that the feed is growing, by 3000 to 4000 followers per day. What it doesn't say is that the feed is on Twitter's Suggested Users List, and that growth is normal for feeds on the list, even ones that aren't run by prodigious teens.  Permalink to this paragraph

Editorial comment: Might as well say that a Dutch teenager amazes his parents by traveling from Europe to America in a matter of hours. Without saying that he booked a flight on KLM. :-) Permalink to this paragraph

We live in a time of pseudo news. Permalink to this paragraph

Another observation. It would be interesting to know how much Microsoft paid for his feed. That would, right there, establish the monetary value of SUL placement.  Permalink to this paragraph

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