Twitter: Evan Williams Early Years (03:17)
A farmer’s son, Williams dropped out of the University of Nebraska before drifting to Silicon Valley. He worked as an independent contractor for Intel and Hewlitt Packard before starting his own company with Meg Hourihan in 1999.
Twitter: Evan Williams and Blogger (02:43)
Originally called Pyra Labs, the project management startup created by Meg Hourihan and Evan Williams contained a weblog. Calling it Blogger, Williams had success with the new product until the dot com crash of 2000.
Twitter: Stone and Williams (03:31)
Google acquired Blogger and hired Williams to develop the site. Creative Director Biz Stone met Williams at Google and the two founded short-lived podcasting site Odeo.
Twitter: Dorsey, Stone, and Williams (04:08)
After a chance meeting with Williams, Jack Dorsey pitched his idea for the Friendship Dispatch System. Taking a loss of 2 million dollars, Williams bought himself out of Odeo and created Twitter.
Twitter: Launch and First Year (02:56)
Earning the 2007 SXSW Web Award, Twitter use grew to 60,000 people. In the first year the site crashed often, and Williams replaced Dorsey as CEO.
Twitter: Subscriber Growth (02:25)
In 2008, Twitter users increased by over 1300%. During heavily-censored 200 Iranian elections, global users could obtain information about the country from the social networking site.
Twitter: Business Strategy (03:13)
In 2010, Williams stepped down as CEO and Dorsey returned to the company as Executive Chairman. Author and Commentator David Kirkpatrick explains why Twitter is not really a business.
Credits: Twitter Jack Dorsey Evan Williams Biz Stone (00:38)
Credits: Twitter Jack Dorsey Evan Williams Biz Stone
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