Saturday 20 January 2018

Don't spend hours tweeting, says Twitter co-founder

Biz Stone said Twitter was not in any formal bid talks. Photo: Reuters
Biz Stone said Twitter was not in any formal bid talks. Photo: Reuters

Matthew Holehouse

BIZ Stone, the creative director of Twitter, has told the micro-blogging site's 500 million users that spending hours tweeting is unhealthy.

Mr Stone told a conference in Montreal that spending hours on Twitter is 'unhealthy'. Instead fans should use the site to find what they want - and they go and do something else.

Users have complained that the 140-character messaging site is addictive, with some staying logged on for up to 12 hours at a time.

Mr Stone, 37, said using Twitter that much was not what he intended.

"To me, that sounds unhealthy," he said.

Mr Stone added: "I like the kind of engagement where you go to the website and you leave because you'ev found what you are looking for or you found something very interesting and you learned something.

"I think that's a much healthier engagement. Obviously, we want you to come frequently."

Twitter now has 30 million users in Britain and half a billion worldwide, however just 4pc of the Irish population tweet.

Mr Stone said when Twitter first launched many thought it would fail because they did not think it useful.

"Nobody thought it was a good idea," he said.

"And I distinctly remember my colleague Evan Williams saying, 'Well, neither is ice cream. Should we ban ice cream and all joy or can we have something that's just fun? What's wrong with that?'"

Mr Stone said there were no plans to increase Twitter's 140 character limit.

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