Hatching Twitter: a true story of money, power, friendship, and betrayal

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
A  New York Times  bestseller 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.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID f642311b-49cf-3147-908f-47483cf67542
Grouping Title hatching twitter a true story of money power friendship and betrayal
Grouping Author bilton nick
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-12-09 23:00:24PM
Last Indexed 2018-12-10 00:03:10AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Nick Bilton
author_display Bilton, Nick
available_at_catalog Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Madison, Madison Kids, Old Hickory
collection_catalog Non-Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction, Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction, Madison - Adult Non-Fiction, Old Hickory - Adult Non-Fiction
display_description "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"--
format_catalog Book, eBook
format_category_catalog Books, eBook
id f642311b-49cf-3147-908f-47483cf67542
isbn 9781101605233, 9781591846017
item_details ils:CARL0000421942|35192044889503|Old Hickory - Adult Non-Fiction|006.754 T9742b|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||OH||, ils:CARL0000421942|35192044889511|Madison - Adult Non-Fiction|006.754 T9742b|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MA||, ils:CARL0000421942|35192045407602|Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction|006.754 T9742b|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||HM||, ils:CARL0000421942|35192045472127|Bellevue - Adult Non-Fiction|006.754 T9742b|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000421942|B00730649|Hume-Fogg High Magnet - Teen Non-Fiction|006.75 BIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||69450||, ils:CARL0000421942|FF00086668|Hunter's Lane High - Teen Non-Fiction|006.7 BIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6A452||, ils:CARL0000421942|QQ00165651|Nashville School of the Arts - Teen Non-Fiction|006.75 BIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||62242||, ils:CARL0000421942|QQ00167619|McGavock High - Teen Non-Fiction|006.75 BIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6D532||, ils:CARL0000421942|QQ00167824|Stratford High - Teen Non-Fiction|006.75 BIL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6H705||, overdrive:0d52b7b9-f104-4da6-b448-21ca63fa3d39|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|2|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||
itype_catalog , Book
last_indexed 2018-12-10T06:03:10.354Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 006.754 T9742b
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Madison, Madison Kids, Old Hickory
primary_isbn 9781591846017
publishDate 2013
record_details ils:CARL0000421942|Book|Books||English|Portfolio/Penguin,|2013.|xii, 302 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm., overdrive:0d52b7b9-f104-4da6-b448-21ca63fa3d39|eBook|eBook||English|Penguin Publishing Group|2013|
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:0d52b7b9-f104-4da6-b448-21ca63fa3d39 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000421942 35192044889511 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000421942 35192045407602 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000421942 35192044889503 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000421942 35192045472127 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet Businesspeople -- United States -- Biography, Internet industry -- United States, Online social networks -- United States, Twitter, Twitter (Firm)
title_display Hatching Twitter : a true story of money, power, friendship, and betrayal
title_full Hatching Twitter : a true story of money, power, friendship, and betrayal / Nick Bilton, Hatching Twitter A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
title_short Hatching Twitter :
title_sub a true story of money, power, friendship, and betrayal
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Business, Businesspeople, Internet industry, Nonfiction, Online social networks