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Ramblings on Twitter at a cross-road July 31, 2012

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Trends.
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Edwin Ritter:

This could get real interesting on how this is ultimately resolved. Twitter needs to maintain focus on their vision. This deals with more than sharing information. This can also set a precedent about where the line is to sharing responsibly. Twitter’s major value add has always been the ability to monitor events in real time.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Updated: Almost every day, it seems, we get further evidence of the dilemma at the heart of Twitter’s ongoing evolution from real-time information network into multibillion-dollar commercial media entity — and the latest is the furor over the company’s suspension of the Twitter account belonging to Guy Adams, a British journalist. As Jeff Jarvis and Dan Gillmor and others have noted, regardless of the details of this specific case, it seems like a defining moment for Twitter: the network that has bragged in the past about being the “free-speech wing of the free-speech party” now looks to be censoring journalists who criticize the company’s corporate partners. How the company decides to handle this incident will speak volumes about where Twitter’s future lies.

As my colleague Jeff Roberts has noted in his report on the case, Twitter says that Adams — a freelance journalist writing for The Independent

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