Great ideas often come from connecting things that have not been connected before. But as companies grow bigger and divide themselves into businesses and divisions, maintaining the cross-filtering of idea-sparking information becomes unwieldy.
Twitter's own analytics tool, just released in alpha-testing, is the latest move giving third-party Twitter piggy-backers a headache. In the past year, Twitter has caused similar trouble for link-shorteners, photo providers, and mobile clients.
When I started interviewing for jobs, it seemed like every company I spoke with was fixated on growth—not because it made good business sense, but because they were fixated on chasing numbers. Would local markets be able to sustain that growth? Considering the now-bankrupt Circuit City, I'm guessing not.