Twitter CEO Dick Costolo at Michigan

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo discussed how he went from the trenches of computer science at U-M to leading a world-changing company in this presentation, jointly sponsored by the Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Information, Friday, November 16, 2012.

His talk included how Twitter thinks about communication and free expression in the modern world and a look back at the evolution of communications throughout history.  He also discussed Twitter's role in the future of global communication and democratized information.

About the speaker:
A University of Michigan alumnus with an early career in improvisational comedy, Dick Costolo (BS ‘85) is the chief executive officer of Twitter. Costolo first gained renown in the web development world in 2004 when he co-founded FeedBurner, a web-feed management provider eventually acquired by Google.

Since Costolo took the helm at Twitter, the online social networking service has amassed over 500 million users across the globe. Recently, Costolo introduced “targeted paid tweets”–advertising based on user interests revealed in tweets–to increase revenue for Twitter. Not just a growing business, Twitter has gained a reputation as an effective conduit of information. The service allows people to spread information instantly all over the planet–a vital tool in an increasingly global society.

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