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Twitter: We're Not Making a TV Show

Straight from the we-wish-we-were-kidding department, yesterday rumors did the rounds about a partnership between Reveille and Brillstein Entertainment to develop an unscripted TV series. Variety reported that Reveille and Brillstein announced a few details on Monday, describing the show as "putting ordinary people on the trail of celebrities in a revolutionary competitive format."

Crazed fans tracking down their idols and tweeting the whole thing? Sounds pretty scary. However, according to a Twitter blog post, we shouldn’t be panicking just yet. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone penned a post in response to yesterday’s fuss saying that while there is an agreement with Reveille and Brillstein, there is no plans for a TV show.

“Regarding the Reveille and Brillstein project reported today, we have a lightweight, non-exclusive, agreement with the producers which helps them move forward more freely.”

Stone went on to explain that during the presidential election last year, Hack The Debate showed the company how Twitter could make television interactive. “The power of Twitter was harnessed to create new, compelling, and engaging programming,” writes Biz. “Our openness made it all possible,” he added, going on to say that Twitter’s open approach might have the power to transform television and that they were very excited to see what those experiments could take the company.

Check out the full post here.

  • cdohmen
    I think it would be an epic fail to make that show. Would be worse than most reality tv shows...
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  • resonance451
    I love you, Jane. Make love to me.
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  • ... I hate reality tv... I recently had to endure an episode of John and Kate + 8. It really p1$$ed me off when I asked people familiar with the show what the parents did for a living, because the excursions they were taking must have cost a small fortune. They told me that John and Kate were 'stay at home' parents. "How do they have all this money then?" I asked. "They get it from their tv show." WTF I thought. I come from a family of 8 and we get no assistance from the government or anything, my parents have to work their butts off. This isn't reality tv, shows like these are lies.
    Sorry, just wanted to vent my anger. I don't even want to begin imagining what a Twitter tv show would look like XD
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  • chripuck
    Does anyone here hate Twitter as much as I do? I mean seriously, do we not have better things to do with our time than navigate to someone's Twitter page and read a ridiculously small and uninformative post of 144 characters?
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  • JMcEntegart
    chripuckDoes anyone here hate Twitter as much as I do? I mean seriously, do we not have better things to do with our time than navigate to someone's Twitter page and read a ridiculously small and uninformative post of 144 characters?
    140 characters and yes, everyone here hates twitter as much as you do. I try to write about Twitter as little as possible but I figured you guys would want to know you wouldn't be seeing Twitter on telly anytime soon.
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  • chripuck
    JMcEntegart140 characters and yes, everyone here hates twitter as much as you do. I try to write about Twitter as little as possible but I figured you guys would want to know you wouldn't be seeing Twitter on telly anytime soon.
    Hah, shows how little I know about Twitter. I can rest easier at night knowing it isn't coming on the tube.

    As a side note, anybody know why they limit to 140 characters? Kind of an odd number... 255 would make a lot more sense.
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  • JMcEntegart
    chripuckHah, shows how little I know about Twitter. I can rest easier at night knowing it isn't coming on the tube.As a side note, anybody know why they limit to 140 characters? Kind of an odd number... 255 would make a lot more sense.
    160 is the standard limit for an SMS message. Before all the other apps were developed, SMS was pretty much the only way to quickly and easily update your twitter from your phone/on the go. When the site first launched they had no limit and text messages longer than 160 chars. were delivered in 160 character bundles, ie., several tweets. They settled on 140 characters to leave folks sending text updates 20 extra characters for username colon. :)
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  • Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the updates you provide about Twitter Jane. Although, I'm not too sure you'd be pleased to know I use them to fuel my rage engine. :3
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  • JMcEntegart
    andescvvcvdfhDon't get me wrong, I do enjoy the updates you provide about Twitter Jane. Although, I'm not too sure you'd be pleased to know I use them to fuel my rage engine. :3
    Hey, free country, man.
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  • starryman
    I've tried Twitter several times and it's much more like Twatter.
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