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Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal | [Nick Bilton]

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

Since 2006, Twitter has grown from 100 obsessive users to more than 500 million today - over 32 million of those in the UK alone. But how did such a radical transformation happen in just five years, and what does it mean for business, politics and the internet?
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Publisher's Summary

Since 2006, Twitter has grown from 100 obsessive users to more than 500 million today - over 32 million of those in the UK alone. But how did such a radical transformation happen in just five years, and what does it mean for business, politics and the internet?

With unprecedented access to some of the major players in this unique drama, acclaimed New York Times business and technology columnist Nick Bilton chronicles the key figures who helped build the company, and who ultimately struggled to manage the influence and power they had been handed.

A business story like no other, it will shock, inspire and expose. Or, in 140 characters, 'The Twitter Story: How a company built on betrayal & battles for power became a multibillion dollar business & accidentally changed the world.

©2013 Nick Bilton (P)2013 Penguin Group USA

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    Kris Australia 03-16-14
    Kris Australia 03-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Intriguing & dramatic"

    I enjoyed this book more than I expected. The history of Twitter and the insights into the startup were well researched and collated in this book. Normally it takes me a while to get through non-fiction books, but I was as drawn into this book as much as any fiction books I've enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paal Skjetne Trondheim Norway 02-26-14
    Paal Skjetne Trondheim Norway 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    Very interesting to see the winding path of chance, circumstances, personalities and how exponential growth and fame can change or bring out different sides in people and groups. Very good and entertaining story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ulrik
    London, UK
    4/18/14
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    "Rivetting"
    What made the experience of listening to Hatching Twitter the most enjoyable?

    This was a fascinating read. I feel so bad for Noah Glass, and I wonder if Jack Dorsey is really as horrible a human being as he is portrayed as?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frodo & Co
    NL
    2/7/14
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    "Pulp!"
    Would you try another book written by Nick Bilton or narrated by Daniel May?

    This book is all about moaning little children, emotional unstable personalities. In other words it is from begin till the end unworthy. It seems to tell more about the negativisme of the author.It is impossible that Twitter would have arrived the company it is, with such a bunch of unstable little children.I started the book out of interest in what inspired and moved the creators of Twitter. An interest in the business. I haven't found any of that. For all positive thinking people: don't waste a minute of your attention to this book.Just gossipy people may like it.What publisher could be so foolish to publish such pulp?


    What could Nick Bilton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    An author chooses the setting: this was just about emotionally adrift silly mentals.That is not a way to write; it is the author who chooses to write that way.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    pure waste of time and attention for anybody with a proper interest in the Twitter company


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    7/26/15
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    "Understanding the failings of Twitter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story - understanding the start-up culture through to IPO...The history of Twitter helps you fully understand their current leadership and cultural issues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UMAGA
    5/17/15
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    "Captivating"

    Someone recommended me this book a while ago. I read the first two chapters and was put off. I questioned his taste in books.

    However, I randomly picked it up again and to my pleasant surprise the story picked up. It was captivating! It felt like a movie. I think I owe him an apology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • darek
    Gouda, Netherlands
    1/16/14
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    "My favorite book for quiet long time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hatching Twitter to be better than the print version?

    No, I love audio books. I listen to audiobooks while driving, cooking, biking walking....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hatching Twitter?

    Visit of Russian president at Twitter office.


    What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

    Yes, was very good. I like when the voices of different persons change slightly but it must be a subtle change. Daniel does this perfectly.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, like never before when I finished this book (while driving) I just did not start next book of turn on the music, I was just digesting the story. Like in cinema after good movie people stay seated so did I.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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