Hatching Twitter … by Nick Bolton


Out of a failing companies ashes,  a few employees took on a project that seemed at the time just a little fun on the side.  That project, was a site that allowed you to give a brief update to your life in 140 characters or less…

this “project” became known as Twitter, and through much the same sort of anguish Facebook went through… fought its was to an 11.5 billion dollar company by 2013, and attempted to be bought out by such as Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Al Gore, and Google.

Now with over 300 million active users, the story is shared about the hard making of Twitter… the firing of CEO’s.. and the making of Twitter with the same guy who created Blogger….

this is quite the story.




I adored the movie Social Network.  I did.  It is the story of the making of Facebook and I ate up every minute of the story of the young creator who took an idea that was meant to be a college meet up site to a place where people f all ages share their lives, relationships… and yes, even whats for dinner.  *Guilty*

When I came across this audio of Twitter I was excited to learn of its climb to status and the audio was every bit as interesting as I hoped it would be.

With information of the start-up of Blogger and the popularity of “blogging” being at the core of Twitter, it was interesting to learn of how a team of hackers came to hind these brief 140 character updates to be as big a deal as it is.  What I found even more interesting was how Twitter changed the face of social media by being able to report major events as soon as they happened in such detail – that this site is used by many agencies to capture time lines of events and accuracy.

Really… it is mind-boggling how much Twitter has changed our society.

For myself, I find it had to find time to use Twitter.  I am an occasional sporadic user, not able to keep up with the day-to-day use and solely use it for bookish conversations.  However, after listening to this audio, I know I need to give Twitter more credit than I do.

Fascinating stuff.  Really.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 35 minutes
  • Narrator:  Daniel May
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: November 5, 2013


8 thoughts on “Hatching Twitter … by Nick Bolton

  1. I love the sound of this and even the cover of the book! I do twitter, occasionally, and quite enjoy the interaction. What I do find mind, is how the need for short/flash news stories have forced us to really think about what we want to say in as few words as possible, while retaining the message.

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