I Cannes Haz Lions

Did you see the #CannesLions hashtag floating around on Twitter today? Touted as the “the world's biggest celebration of creativity in communications,” The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is taking place in France this week. Why is this relevant to this blog? Because Jack Dorsey, Twitter Co-creator, Co-founder, and Executive Chairman—as well as Co-founder and CEO of Square, Inc.—was named Media Person of the Year. 

In a press release, Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions, pointed out that through Twitter, Mr. Dorsey has given us a new way  to share and learn from each other.
“The power and simplicity of what he has created has made Twitter a social phenomenon.”
Philip Thomas- Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, 15 May 2012
We can’t just focus on Twitter as the primary reasoning behind the award, however. Mr. Dorsey’s work with Square deserves an equal share of the credit. These two efforts, combined, weigh into the title “Media Person of the Year.” Focusing solely on Twitter gives too much credit to Mr. Dorsey’s efforts there, and not enough to his efforts at Square, not to mention the influence of fellow Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams.

In any case, a hearty congratulations go out to Mr. Dorsey. For Twitter. For Square. And for democratizing information for us all. Information you can find again here when I see you on the ‘morrow, on the Web.
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Author  Stephen R. Fox