There’s no shortage of discussion on how to save the publishing industry, in particular, newspapers and magazines. The Atlantic Monthly’s piece goes in-depth into what Google might do — for better or for worse. But a lot of talk has been about Apple and the iPad. Will this “magical and revolutionary” device be manna from heaven or the bane of the publishing industry’s existence?
Since the outset, there has been furious debate as to whether Twitter can become a sustainable business. How could a company run for over 2 years without any revenue or a sustainable business model? It defied the business strategist side of me, especially when they they turned down a $500MM offer from Facebook. There was even a “Twitter business model contest” to see who could come up with one. Part of the challenge comes from the fact that Twitter has evolved from a single-purpose status bar into a very efficient and direct 1:1 or 1:many communication platform. Increasingly, it’s how I find things out before it hits the news (anyone remember Flight 1549 that crashed in the Hudson? It was reported by Twitterers on the scene within minutes and a full 15 minutes before any major news organization).