Hatching Twitter

Hatching Twitter

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

eBook - 2013
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"Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways. Now Nick Bilton of the New York Times takes readers behind the scenes with a narrative that shows what happened inside Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds. This is a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles as the four founders-Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass-went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities, featured on magazine covers, Oprah, The Daily Show, and Time's list of the world's most influential people. Bilton's exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting-drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails-have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of fame, influence, and power. He also captures the zeitgeist and global influence of Twitter, which has been used to help overthrow governments in the Middle East and disrupt the very fabric of the way people communicate"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio Hardcover, 2013
ISBN: 9781101605233
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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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