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Twitter heads launch startup; Pope sends 1st Tweet

Coincidence, of course….

He was not waiting until they left. :-) (Not that they are “gone.”)

If I had written it the other way around, it might have looked like a protest. :-)

Three of Twitter’s key developers, Biz Stone, Jason Goldman, and Evan Williams (note that ONLY the guy with the jacket and tie in the photo [Goldman] has his tongue out!), are launching a new venture.

It’s Obvious.

From their Web site:

The Obvious Corporation

The Obvious Corporation makes systems that help people work together to improve the world. The proliferation of technology can seem superfluous, but with the right approach, technology can benefit individuals, organizations, and society. We are relaunching the company that originally incubated Twitter with a high level of commitment to making a difference and developing products that matter.

In more than a decade of developing large scale systems on the Internet, we’ve never been more excited than right now. The possibility to reach and connect expansive numbers of people fundamentally changes the nature of what’s possible when it comes to building businesses on the Internet. Also, there’s room for innovation in how businesses measure success and more meaningful definitions of ambition.

The article discusses recent changes in Twitter’s management, including co-founder Jack Dorsey‘s (now CEO of Square) return to lead product development at Twitter.

Obvious will be an umbrella for new ventures. CNN Money notes:

“Obvious is actually a resurrection of a venture created in 2006. Williams created it to repurchase the assets of a failed venture of his, a podcasting site called Odeo. The Odeo crew had also cooked up as a side project — and that’s where their attention soon turned. Twitter later spun out from Obvious.”

The OTHER story….

In a move reminiscent of Steppenwolf‘s “From Here to There Eventually,” Pope Benedict XVI used Twitter to announce the launch of a new Vatican Web site. CNN wryly notes that the new user “already has more than one billion followers.” 😉

“The pope sent it, but it was prepared for him,” Benedict’s spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told CNN. “The tablet was presented to him. He did the click and sent the tweet.”

According to CNN, the message said:

“Dear Friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.”

It was His Holiness’s first Tweet. Pope Benedict’s tweet came on the English news feed for the Vatican, @news_va_en.

The Vatican earlier launched an iPhone app and a Facebook page for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

-Bill at

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