During a fireside chat with Mary Meeker at Morgan Stanley’s tech conference, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said: “Speaking as a computer scientist, I view all of these as sort of poor man’s email systems” when discussing Twitter.
He’s wrong, but this is what executives do when there are discussing potential competing technologies. Especially when executives are talking about companies that speculation says they might acquire someday. Unfortunately, he stated he was speaking as a computer scientist.
Twitter has a completely different value proposition than e-mail. Twitter is micro-blogging. It is a conversation tool. It is a community and social networking site. Twitter is not e-mail.
Mike Gotta blogged about Twitter compared to IM, e-mail and forums two days ago. I can’t state it any better than Mike. I guess Mr. Schmidt doesn’t read Mike’s blog.