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2x startup Founder & CEO who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. His first company, BuildOnline was sold in 2005, his second, Koral was acquired by Salesforce.com and became known as Salesforce Content, while Mark served as VP Product Management. In 2007 Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner.  He focuses on early-stage technology companies, usually looking at Series A investment, and blogs at the aptly titled Both Sides of the Table.

2 responses to “Twitter Networks are Different than Social Networks”

  1. Graeme Thickins

    What a great post, Mark! You’re right – Twitter is different. It creates many special, serendipitous moments, which can have real value. I’ve experienced some great ones, too.

    Though I’m not lucky enough to hang out where you are most of the time, I do have a longtime SoCal connection, and I look forward to meeting you in person sometime soon. Perhaps at DEMO?

    cheers,
    Graeme
    http://www.twitter.com/graemethickins

  2. Anne Helmond

    I was wondering if you could expand on the notion of Twitter as a form of curated RSS. You touched upon it in a previous post where you write:

    “Twitter is better than RSS – it’s “curated RSS.” The stream is limited in length and therefore people share links. I have argued that the real power of Twitter is link sharing. When we tune into any stream: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc., we’re engaged in reading and discussing the ideas of those that we respect, like or are interested in. Thus, we click!”

    A few questions:
    1. How does one curate a protocol? Or are you referring to the social use of RSS?
    2. What is the role of the curator on Twitter?
    3. The causal relationship between the length of tweets and posting links is not that obvious too me. Could you elaborate on that?

    Thanks!