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Hatching Twitter Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company.

Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

Now Nick Bilton of the New York Times takes readers behind the scenes with a narrative that shows what happened inside Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds. This is a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles as the four founders - Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass - went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities, featured on magazine covers, Oprah, The Daily Show, and Time's list of the world's most influential people.

Bilton's exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting - drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails - have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of fame, influence, and power. He also captures the zeitgeist and global influence of Twitter, which has been used to help overthrow governments in the Middle East and disrupt the very fabric of the way people communicate.

©2013 Nick Bilton (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks

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    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 01-12-14
    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 01-12-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoroughly Researched; Not That Interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wanted to learn more about Twitter and I accomplished that. There is less to know than I imagined. I heard a lot about internal rivalries that weren't very interesting to me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Just how small and vulnerable Twitter really was and maybe still is. The pettiness between the founders seemed childish and uninteresting.


    What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

    Daniel May has a good deep voice and his inflections were just right.


    Was Hatching Twitter worth the listening time?

    I would say marginally so. The book isn't nearly as interesting as the inside story of Amazon, Apple or Google.


    Any additional comments?

    The book made me think less of Twitter as a company and I expect to now spend less time on Twitter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 11-24-13
    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 11-24-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Hatching Twitter?

    I loved finding out some of the history I never knew.


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

    When Jack pushed Ev back out of Twitter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim USA 11-15-13
    Kim USA 11-15-13
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    "Couldn't stop listening to it."
    Any additional comments?

    I can't dislike any of the guys. I can see everyone's side. One thing they all had in common is their loyalty and passion to twitter.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 07-10-14
    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 07-10-14 Member Since 2013

    I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

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    "Very well written, not sure if the facts are good"

    The book is very well written, it is fun and fast paced. It gives you a lot of details about how it happened and insights in how ideas are made. Once I finished, I went to google Jack Darsy and though... hummm, what if this book was a publicity stunt to counter balance him? Who knows... although the subject is interesting I dont have time to research it, so my take away is more on how an idea is made, how it develops and the role of luck and such things.

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    Working mom 03-30-17
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    "Great insight into the turmoil of formation"

    We see a big brand and assume that the mission and leadership were always on a straight path to success. Hatching Twitter provides insight into the many struggles behind the product we know today.

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    Sushanth R Dubai 11-26-16
    Sushanth R Dubai 11-26-16 Member Since 2016

    Thanks Audible for reading it out loud! Paper books make me sleep.

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    "Who founded Twitter?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There is a dark history behind the inception of Twitter. Some win, some lose and some both. History also repeats itself several times over at Twitter. An engaging book filled with drama and emotions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All co-founders - Noah, Evan, Jack, Biz were interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator's performance was good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Real Social Network


    Any additional comments?

    This has changed my perspective of Twitter and how I used the service. After completing the book, I went through all the people I followed and unfollowed most! I wanted to use Twitter to get the most relevant tweets in the shortest possible time.Twitter has multiple personalities. It can be what you want it to be. One has to ensure that the right people/organizations/groups are followed, so that the tweets are useful. It then starts to bring the world to you in the quickest possible way.

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    Kevin 06-04-16
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    "Best audiobook on startups!"

    Literally the best audiobook on startups I've listened to. I've listened to it over and over again and it never gets old.

    Can't wait for a sequel to continue on where this one left off.

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    Pieter-Pleun 06-01-16
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    "Interesting listen for tech enthusiasts"

    A captivating story and easy to listen to audiobook about the early days of Twitter. A must read / listen for tech enthusiasts or people who own Twitter stock. I do feel like it's a bit hard on Jack's part of the story. I wasn't there but the book sometimes feels like one side of a story. Great nonetheless.

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    VJ Kumar TX 04-27-16
    VJ Kumar TX 04-27-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Outstanding narration of events"

    Liked the story. The audio book revived the history and told a story that I didn't know of. The most admirable aspect of this book is how it wove a story together linking so many different aspects and perspectives.

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-16
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    "Great - better than I thought"

    I thought this was going to be another genes book about a star tech company, but Hatching twitter ended up being a really great telling of a very interesting company. Definitely worth a listen.

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