Los Angeles Times technology reporter Jessica Guynn published an important article discussing Twitter’s IPO hurdle. As her headline points out, “The service is well known but not widely used.”
The article includes experts who weigh in on the challenges and opportunities facing Twitter as a mainstream platform and also a publicly traded company.
“Twitter is facing this dilemma as it struggles to get past a quarter billion users: Its growth is directly tied to what the public understands about what it is and how they can incorporate Twitter into their daily lives and get value out of it,” said Brian Solis, an analyst with Altimeter Group. “But I don’t even know if two or three Twitter employees would give you the same answer about what Twitter is.”
Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Solis is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. His new book, What's the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. Prior to End of Business, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.