Twitter is more than a social network, says co-founder Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey at GigaOM's RoadMap 2011 James Martin for CNET

Twitter co-founder and executive chairman Jack Dorsey
James Martin for CNET

(CBS) - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey isn't concerned about competing with new social networks on the scene, like Google+. Instead, he's staying focused on building the real-time microblogging website.

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"Social is just one part of what we do. We think of it as an information utility," Dorsey said at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Germany. Twitter has been an invaluable tool for breaking news in the past few years.

Its simple 140-character format lets users broadcast updates quickly. Just last year, tweets broke news of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan in real time.

Dorsey is also the company's executive chairman and went on to say, "You don't have to tweet at all. The biggest value is finding out what's happening in your world in real time."

These remarks come on the heel of a recent conflict with Google over the search engine's deep integration of its social network Google+ in the results.

Twitter said in a statementthat it was concerned about Google's ability to return the most up-to-date information a.k.a. Twitter updates.

Google's social search bumps up results from Google+, bumping down other results, like Twitter.

Dorsey doesn't seem to be breaking a sweat over the recent online spar between the two companies. Reuters reports, Dorsey is focused on expanding Twitter abroad in Europe and Asia.

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