Twitter CEO Evan Williams took to his own social network this week to answer ten "tough questions" about the network's latest venture, the @anywhere platform.
Twitter announced that the platform would launch with several key partners, including Amazon, Bing, Digg, eBay, The New York Times, Yahoo! and YouTube. Key functionality includes the ability to see a journalist or spokesperson's tweets through a pop-up window, and providing a button to follow that person.
CNET and NBC San Diego both reported that attendees of the SXSW 2010 keynote left almost immediately following the platform's announcement, with NBC San Diego's R. Stickney saying the auditorium "went from jam-packed to nearly empty."
Williams took to Twitter later to answer further questions. "I heard on the backchannel that people want me to answer tough questions," Williams tweeted following the keynote. "What'ya want to know? Will answer 10. Go."
Williams responded to a total of 28 questions over Twitter, though the majority were largely jokes. The ten serious questions ranged from inquiries about anticipated location-aware functionality in the social network, to whether Twitter would become financially viable.
Among the answers, Evan Williams revealed that location awareness would becoming a core feature of Twitter, and that the social network was not planning to merge with other entities or be sold in the next two years.
When asked whether the @anywhere platform would put API developers out of work, Williams replied that it would "only if they can't think of what o [sic] do on top of it. It should allow them to create more value."
Williams said the social network will reveal more details about the platform at the upcoming Twitter developer conference, Chirp, starting 14 April this year.