Hatching Twitter

Hatching Twitter

A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

Book - 2013
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Ev told Jack he had to "chill out" with the deluge of media he was doing. "It's bad for the company," Ev said. "It's sending the wrong message." Biz sat between them, watching like a spectator at a tennis match.

"But I invented Twitter," Jack said.

"No, you didn't invent Twitter," Ev replied. "I didn't invent Twitter either. Neither did Biz. People don't invent things on the Internet. They simply expand on an idea that already exists."

In 2005, Odeo was a struggling podcasting start-up founded by free-range hacker Noah Glass and staffed by a motley crew of anarchists. Less than two years later, its days were numbered and half the staff had been let go. But out of Odeo's ashes, the remaining employees worked on a little side venture . . . that by 2013 had become an $11.5 billion business.

That much is widely known. But the full story of Twitter's hatching has never been told before. It's a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles, as the founders went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities featured on magazine covers, The Oprah Winfrey Show , The Daily Show , and Time 's list of the world's most influential people. 

New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes as Twitter grew at exponential speeds. He gets inside the heads of the four hackers out of whom the company tumbled:

• Evan "Ev" Williams , the ambitious farm boy from Clarks, Nebraska, who had already created Blogger and sold it to Google for millions. Quiet and protective, Ev is a shrewd businessman who made tough choices in the interest of his companies, firing cofounders and employees who were once friends.

• Jack Dorsey , the tattooed "nobody" who helped mastermind the original concept of Twitter, became a billionaire tech titan, and convinced the media that he was the next Steve Jobs.

• Christopher "Biz" Stone , the joker and diplomat who played nice with everyone. As drama ensued, he was the only founder who remained on good terms with his friends and to this day has no enduring resentments.

• Noah Glass , the shy but energetic geek who invested his whole life in Twitter, only to be kicked out and expunged from the company's official history. 

As Twitter grew, the four founders fought bitterly for money, influence, publicity, and control over a company that grows larger and more powerful by the day. Ultimately they all lost their grip on it. Today, none of them is the CEO. Dick Costolo, a fifty-year-old former comedian, runs the company.

By 2013 Twitter boasted close to 300 million active users around the world. In barely six years, the service has become a tool for fighting political oppression in the Middle East, a marketing musthave for business, and the world's living room during live TV events. Today, notables such as the pope, Oprah Winfrey, and the president of the United States are regular Twitter users. A seventeen-year-old with a mobile phone can now reach a larger audience than an entire crew at CNN.

Bilton's unprecedented access and exhaustive investigating reporting--drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails--have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of four friends who accidentally changed the world, and what they all learned along the way.

Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2013
ISBN: 9781591846017
Branch Call Number: 338.761006754 Bil
Characteristics: xii, 302 p. : ill


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Mar 23, 2018

After having read American Kingpin I was eager to consume another book by writer, Nick Bilton. Hatching Twitter was written before American Kingpin but American Kingpin is the far better story. Hatching Twitter? I found it mostly interesting but far less than compelling. It's like: wow, people get thrown out of corporations. Yawn. It happens all the time, in every corporation. It's called "business". There are some interesting insights to be gained in understanding the rise of Twitter and the viewpoints that its founders aspired to but the story goes on too long for my taste and the drama was not of the sort that I find surprising or compelling.

Sep 13, 2017

a good bio on Twitter and the guys behind its creation.
Ev and Biz seem to be genuine good people, but Jack Dorsey is a low life backstabbing scum bucket.

Aug 31, 2016

One of the best books I have ever read. Loved every page. Highly recommend.

Apr 07, 2014

True fast pace story of Twitter's beginning, a must read for those who don't know the story. Would recommend it.

Mar 02, 2014

Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal. --- By Nick Bilton. Twitter. Sorta like eBay, eMail, Microsoft, Google etc. etc. Those internet whatchemacallsems which have entered our everyday lives so quickly and so completely that many couldn’t contemplate everyday life without them --- sort of like everyday life without the telephone, without electricity, without air. But like its internet cohorts, Twitter didn't always exist. Hardly ten years old. Lot of us have warts older than that. So, this is the story of Twitter. Well, sort of. Not the technology but the people, about the adolescents playing in a real world with, eventually, real money, real grudges and real scheming. And to think, on the side, they were able to grow Twitter: millions of uses a day; billions of dollars in revenue (eventually). From neo-hippies living in battered VWs to ueber-wealthy billionaires. Bilton’s book is written to be taken seriously but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. The pace is fast --- he takes no hostages. It’s not about the code, it’s not about the technology, it’s about the nerds who were friends and who then weren’t. On the gotta read list for anyone who doesn't already know the story.

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