05/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stephen Colbert Talks Twitter With Founder Biz Stone (VIDEO)

You know, there was a time when all Twitter was, to me, was a means by which I told my friends what bars I was likely getting tossed from that night. Who could have guessed that one day, John McCain would be using it to discuss the finer points of beaver management funding and CNN would devote an hour of dayside coverage to reading tweets out loud? Well, I totally could have guessed the latter. But even still! Twitter has grown into something new and different, and on last night's Colbert Report, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone called it "the messaging service we didn't know we needed until we had it." Which, yes, sounds vaguely terrifying!

Stone and Colbert discussed the service, and Colbert once again afforded himself the opportunity to enforce "twat" as the past tense of the verb "to tweet." Colbert gave Stone a little good natured ribbing as far as Twitter's long term business model goes, citing old-school bubble-bust poster child "I assume that 'Biz' in 'Biz Stone' does not stand for 'business model,'" chided Colbert. Stone stuck to his value-before-profit guns, and frankly, he sounds like he's on much stronger footing promoting a product that does a single thing, simply and well, than, say, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who's trying to do Twitter, badly.


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