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Twitter's Origins: Rivals, Missteps, Booze

Tale of rivalries has few heroes: Seth Fiegerman

(Newser) - Hatching Twitter, a new book by New York Times journalist Nick Bilton, details the history of the site—and it's got enough rivalries, mistakes, and friendships cast aside to be made into The Social Network 2. As Mashable reports, Twitter began as an idea drunkenly related by engineer Jack... More »

Biz Stone Leaves Twitter

He'll re-create the 'Obvious Corporation' with Evan Williams

(Newser) - Twitter co-founder Isaac “Biz” Stone is sort-of quitting to go pursue new business ideas with fellow co-founder Evan Williams. In a blog post , Stone says that he’ll “continue to work with the company for many years to come,” but that since the current leadership team is... More »

Twitter CEO Evan Williams Steps Down, COO Promoted

Dick Costolo will head day-to-day operations

(Newser) - Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams is relinquishing leadership of the microblogging site to COO Dick Costolo, reports the Wall Street Journal . "Building things is my passion," Williams offers as explanation for the move, adding that he asked Colstolo to take over. Adds Costolo, recently "it became... More »

Twitter Unveils Redesign

Revamped site makes it easier to view multimedia content

(Newser) - Twitter has unveiled the first major redesign of its homepage in the site's four-year history. The relaunched site, which will be rolled out to users over the next few weeks, will give tweeters a better, faster experience, say execs. The new site is split into two panes, with the second... More »

10 Most Creative Tweeters

These folks know how to make 140 characters count

(Newser) - Fast Company surveys the world of Twitter and suggests 10 people worth following based on their creative tweeting. Full list here, along with samples . A peek:
  1. Dawn Danby, @altissima : She a "sustainable design strategist" who covers her own field, often in haiku-like form.
  2. Padmasree Warrior, @Padmasree : Cisco's chief technology
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Twitter Boss Bombs SXSW Keynote

Williams unveils @Anywhere, but bored audience mutinies

(Newser) - Twitter CEO Evan Williams didn’t unveil some revolutionary new plan to actually monetize all those tweets in his keynote at SXSW yesterday, as many expected he would. Instead, he delivered “what was likely the most horrifically devastating keynote presentation in SXSW history,” Alissa Walker writes at Fast... More »

Perez Hilton Tops Internet Celebrity List

Forbes list includes Digg, Twitter, TechCrunch, Mashable founders

(Newser) - When it comes to Internet celebrity, Perez Hilton tops the list. The gossip blogger excels in all of Forbes ' criteria, including hits on Google, page views, media saturation, and Twitter followers. Each person on the list must be famous primarily for their Web presence. Herewith, the rest of the... More »

Twitter May Have Peaked

User numbers haven't inched upward since July

(Newser) - The number of Twitter users has flatlined in the last few months after explosive growth—and plenty of hype—in the early part of the year. December's total of 22 million visitors was down 770,000 from Twitter's August peak, according to analytics firm Compete. Some analysts, however—along with... More »

Meghan McCain Picks the People of '09

Gen. McChrystal, Zach Galifianakis, and the Twitter guys make her list

(Newser) - Meghan McCain has been weighing in on intriguing people all year, right? Maverick Junior takes a crack at the year's most intriguing, dipping into both the entertainment and political worlds.
  • McCain kicks things off with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan who has "the courage to keep
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Twitter Founder's Wife Tweets Birth

Updates on water breaking, contractions

(Newser) - Her husband co-founded Twitter; now, she’s using the service to update the world on the birth of her baby, the BBC reports. “Dear Twitter, My water broke. It wasn't like Charlotte in Sex and the City,” Sara Williams wrote yesterday. She has updated with tweets about her... More »

Hacker Sends Confidential Twitter Files to Blogs

Cyber-scoundrel also hacks Twitter CEO's Gmail, Paypal accounts

(Newser) - A hacker who gained access to a Twitter administrative account two months ago has been sending confidential files to bloggers, InformationWeek reports. Most of the documents sent to blogs such as TechCrunch have been only mildly embarrassing internal correspondence, but some contain security passwords. The hacker, who goes by “... More »

Twitter Guys See Revolution in the Making

'We want to have as large an impact as possible'

(Newser) - Evan Williams and Biz Stone thought they were starting a podcasting company; its quirky messaging service was just a sideshow. Now, Twitter is the main event, and that's an understatement. “It took us a while to figure out that it really was a big deal,” says Williams in... More »

Oprah's First Tweet Comes Tomorrow

(Newser) - If Twitter isn’t already a certified American phenomenon, it becomes so tomorrow—Oprah will issue her first tweet. Winfrey just signed up for an account and already has 35,000 followers (and counting, quickly) despite her tweetlessness, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. She will tweet during her show, joined by... More »

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