New wave of funding making Twitter chirp louder

twitter logoTwitter stated in its blog that it has raised a round of funding from Union Square Ventures. Earlier investors were Charles River Ventures, and angel investors Marc Andreessen, Dick Costolo, Ron Conway, and Naval Ravikant.

Apparently Twitter has a big fan following, including Robert Scoble of the Scoble show, who wrote the words Twitter Rocks in the sand and sent the Twitter guys a photograph.

We talked about Twitter earlier. We even had a Twitter box in the side bar of this blog for a little while, for asides and quick comments. It is a neat application but we found the 140 character limit too restrictive for writing anything meaningful. Although you can write longer chirps, the comments can’t be embedded in their entirety in your web page. You still get to see only the first 140 characters, and then to get to the rest, you have to visit the Twitter page.

While Twitter will probably continue to be popular with people who want to send quick phone updates of where they are and what they are up to (to the Twitter home page or to their own web site), it will not become a big way for people to share thoughts or ideas. In that arena I expect to see more of the pc to pc or mobile to pc multimedia conferencing, like the application built by AVAMobile, which we reviewed earlier.

Twitter is a nice gizmo, but that is about the extent of it.

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