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Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

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By (author) Nick Bilton

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  • Publisher: PORTFOLIO
  • Format: Paperback | 302 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 215mm x 22mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1591847087
  • ISBN 13: 9781591847083
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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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." Despite all the coverage of Twitter's rise, Nick Bilton of "The New York Times" is the first journalist to tell the full story--a gripping drama of betrayed friendships and highstakes power struggles. The four founders--Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass--made a dizzyingly fast transition from ordinary engineers to wealthy celebrities. They fought each other bitterly for money, influence, publicity, and control as Twitter grew larger and more powerful. Ultimately they all lost their grip on it. Bilton's unprecedented access and exhaustive reporting have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of four friends who accidentally changed the world, and what they all learned along the way.

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Nick Bilton is a columnist and reporter for "The New York Times, " where he explores the disruptive aspects of technology on business, culture and society. His columns span everything from the future of technology and privacy to the impact of social media on the Web. He is a regular guest on national TV and radio and is the author of "I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works." He lives in Los Angeles.

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"Fast-paced and perceptive." --The New York Times Book Review "Exhaustively researched...extensively detailed...unexpectedly addictive." --The Wall Street Journal "#Backstabbing, power struggles and profanity laid bare"- "It is breathless storytelling" --The New York Times "Deeply reported and deliciously written." --The Verge "A compelling read, more like espionage than a corporate history." --Fortune Magazine "With a cinematic approach befitting its eclectic cast of characters, the perceptive read...is rife with Byzantine-like intrigue, character clashes and broken dreams." --USA Today "Nick Bilton's impressively detailed fly-on-the-wall expose of the micro-blogging site's birth and evolution evokes all the titillating elements of a soap opera." -Success Magazine