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Dick Costolo Tweets Out His University of Michigan Commencement Speech

University of Michigan graduate Dick Costolo came back to school today to give the commencement address.

If you only have time to read a single tweet from the event, here’s the one you want:

And if you have time for two tweets, you want to see the photo the Twitter CEO took at the beginning of his speech, then Tweeted out:

 

But if you have 17 minutes and 13 seconds free (and let’s be honest — you do. You’re reading this. There is extra time in your life.) then you should check the whole thing out. It’s only 173 Vines worth of content, but more important, there’s great stuff here, drawing from Costolo’s attempt to break through as an improv comedian at Chicago’s famous Second City troupe. And, of course, a fail whale anecdote:

Still here? Ok! Bonus footage for you: Costolo and lots of the Michigan football team, pre-speech:


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus