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  • The idea being posited is to make a parallel, open source "twittersphere" that supports the Twitter API. Let's call it Twitshadow.

    Twitshadow is built to be a shadow of Twitter that all third party apps can use. The shadow could even be the way to talk to Twitter, by implementing what would essentially be something like a write-through cache. Third-party apps write to Twitshadow, and Twitshadow writes to Twitter.

    Or it could just be a second call that all third-party apps make along with writting directly to Twitter. When Twitter goes down, this open source, non-centralized Twitshadow keeps on chugging. And the more time that passes, the less important Twitter actually becomes, because most of your data is in Twitshadow. Twitshadow could even support sucking in tweets from Twitter, so it could be a full replacement of Twitter, history and all.

    This whole conversation is fascinating to me.

  • Digital Media entrepreneur Elizabeth Osder told a group of USC Annenberg j-students this week: "Start with the impact you want to have. Figure out how what audience you need to assemble to have that impact. And what kind of content is needed to do that. Then price it out: How much money do you need to do it?"

    "If I wanted to do that, I'd have gone to Marshall (USC's business school)," a student groaned in reply.

    Understandable, said Osder, but having to do this kind of thinking brings a needed discipline. "It forces you to be relevant and useful versus arrogant and entitled."

    Hmmmm. This nostalgia we're feeling: Is it for The Wall, which guaranteed the purity of our journalism — or for the folks on the other side of it, who had to worry about whether it was read and paid for?