5 Noteworthy Revelations From Bilton's Upcoming Book About Twitter
Posted: October 12, 2013 by Emily Brown
An excerpt from Nick Bilton's upcoming book, Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal, which tackles Twitter's contentious and surprisingly turbulent beginnings was posted by New York Times. Apart from concluding that it's a riveting read, we've singled out 5 revelations that are worth your attention.
Both Dorsey and Glass earn the credits for coming up with the idea about Twitter
It's true that Jack Dorsey envisaged Twitter as a service that will let its users post status updates from the comfort of their homes or while they are at work. But Odeo's co-founder, Noah Glass, was the man to see more than status-sharing updates, like "what music you were listing to or where you were", in Twitter. He thought, "it could be a conversation. It wasn't about reporting; it was about connecting," Bilton writes.
Who was Dorsey before Twitter?
Prior to becoming one of Twitter's co- founders, Dorsey was only a 29-year-old New York University dropout "who sometimes wore a T-shirt with his phone number." Not only he lived in a tiny San Francisco apartment, but he also had been turned down for a job at Camper, the shoe store.
The people who tried to buy Twitter
If you thought that only Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, tried to buy Twitter you're so wrong. Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer and former Vice President Al Gore did the same, all in vain.
One of Twitter's co-founders was completely ousted
Even though, Noah Glass was key in creating Twitter and even came up with the name, he was later maneuvered out of his job at the company by Dorsey, according to Bilton. If you wonder where is Glass now, Bilton writes that he "lives in an apartment that was built as an earthquake shack that he shares with his girlfriend, his infant daughter and his dog, Ewee."
The micro-blogging service might not be called Twitter
Twitter was the not first and certainly not the only name suggestion for the microblogging service. Other suggestions include odd names like Friendstalker, Vibrate and Twitch.