There are 3 characteristics of financial instruments which make them tangible in a market: They live in an inventory, they are exposed to vetting mechanisms, and they are subject to constraints.
Tangibility of knowledge:
Here at Conversational Currency we are constantly seeking examples where human knowledge behaves like a financial instrument because a true innovation economy will arise when all 3 characteristics are true for the ‘human knowledge’.
We believe that the platform for the Innovation Economy will be Socialized Media; not corporations, or government. So we get excited when we see posts like this from Brian Solis via Matt Marshall regarding Twitter’s monetization plans.
Twitter to becoming the vetting mechanism for business intelligence.
Think about the credit score; a list of independent variables run through an algorithm that correlate with the likelihood that you’ll fulfill a financial obligation. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination…read between the lines:
By Brian Solis:
Over at VentureBeat, Matt Marshall is reporting that Twitter will introduce its first revenue-generating series of premium services.
In an interview with co-founder Biz Stone, it was revealed that Twitter is in the initial phases of introducing commercial accounts to businesses seeking detailed analysis of activity in and around the brand on the popular network as well as other data not available to Twitter users directly.
In the next phase, Stone indicated that Twitter may also debut a new set of corporate-specific API’s that would allow the company to insert a customer layer over the profile and other aspects of the network to more effectively engage with the community, while increasing strategic visibility.
Stone revealed to Marshall, “Twitter will still be free for everybody and we’ll still tell them to go crazy with it. But, we’ve identified a selection of things that businesses say are helping to make them more profit.”
He further elucidated, “We want to build statistics or analytics that let users know — ‘How am I doing on Twitter?”
This news is the latest in a short series of information bursts following the company’s announcement that it is rolling out a new set of APIs to integrate geo-location into Tweets, mostly likely to contend with rising competition of geo-location networks such as Loopt and Four Square and also as a potential generator of hyper-local advertising revenue.
Social value lives in an emerging inventory that is ever increasing in granularity. Corporations have very little control over public opinion – except in retrospect – which amounts to a constraint on social value. Now, Twitter is the vetting mechanism. Wow, we’re getting closer to the next economic paradigm every day.
The implications are vast. Now we shall ask a few question:
At what point will Corporate Innovation reflect social priorities over Wall Street priorities?
At what point will Wall Street Priorities reflect Social Priorities?
If the Wall Street Manifesto is to “return shareholder value” and Twitter is vetting “social values”, what is the value of Twitter and who is really holding/voting those shares?