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Viral Video: Forget Twitter, Google–How About Acquiring Nanoblogger Flutter?


On Friday, amid all the hoopla around acquisition rumors swirling around Twitter, Slate put out a very funny spoof on a fictional new service called Flutter.

The online magazine’s mockumentary about a nanoblogging service is definitely more amusing than contemplating the fate of the real-life microblogging service.

“I think a lot of people don’t have time to Twitter,” said one of its faux founders in a terrific video, in which he describes Flutter’s 26-character–the length of the alphabet–version, called “flaps,” versus 140 characters for Twitter.

It’s mascot, of course, is a hummingbird.

Here’s one heck of a rumor: BoomTown is in “late-stage” discussions to buy it.

Here’s the video (I especially like the Flutter eyeglasses):

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik