12 Burning Questions for Twitter Co-Founders

Stone: What we are seeing with Twitter is that people in general are good and they want to do good things and they are making things happen and they are using our tool to organize these great things. I think our role in this is really to encourage this kind of stuff, highlight it as I've said. And not necessarily pick a particular cause but if there's one that's emerging, to encourage it.

Williams: I would say there's also maybe some high-level cause or mission that would describe what we are doing. We deeply believe that what we are doing is making people's lives better. We don't know the best way to articulate that. It's what we have observed so far, is that if we make it easier and more efficient for anyone to exchange information, more good things happen.

Donvan: Are you making money yet?

Williams: No, not anything meaningful. We're a little ways from that.

Donvan: Where, when and how do you make money from it? Has that been figured out?

Williams: We can't say it's been figured out until we do it and it works, and we prove it. We have some ideas, and they'll take, sort of like Twitter in general. I think the same will happen with the money-making features. But we, we're really focused right now on building the best product possible and growing it. We're building a business, we're building a long-term business. And the real value and defensiblity of that's going to come from the size of the network. And so we're only 30 people here. So if we were doing the money-making stuff, we would be doing less to make the product better.

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