Scandal and Betrayal: The Story of How Twitter Started

The Controversial Beginnings of Twitter: A Summary

The Story of Noah Glass:

  • Noah Glass is known to have a substantial role in the creation of Twitter.
  • Glass launched a company named Odeo which initially focused on converting voice messages into MP3s.

Involvement of Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey:

  • Early investor Evan Williams, a former Google employee with cash from selling Blogger, shifted the company's focus towards podcasting.
  • Jack Dorsey, a young designer, would join the company and later play a crucial role in the creation and direction of Twitter.

The Shift to Twitter:

  • Apple's entry into podcasting with iTunes threatened Odeo's business model.
  • During brainstorming sessions for new ideas, Dorsey pitched the concept of a status-update service.
  • Twitter was then created as an SMS-based communication service, originally code-named "twttr."

The Rise and Betrayal:

  • Glass managed the Twitter project and saw its potential during an earthquake in San Francisco.
  • Despite skepticism, Twitter started to gain traction among Odeo employees.
  • A divide appeared in Odeo, between the Twitter project and other ventures.

Evan Williams' Alleged Deception:

  • Evan Williams bought back all Odeo stakes, including Twitter, from investors at a low evaluation, years before Twitter's worth skyrocketed.

Noah Glass' Ouster:

  • Glass wished to split Twitter off and run it separately but was fired by Williams—allegedly after Dorsey pushed for his ousting.
  • Glass felt betrayed, especially as he was fired by what he considered a close friend, Jack Dorsey.
  • Dorsey would eventually become the CEO of Twitter, further alienating Glass.

Twitter's Growth:

  • Twitter dominated the 2007 South by Southwest Conference.
  • It became a key platform for breaking news, with notable events like the Hudson River plane landing.
  • The company went public in 2013, with a successful IPO.

Current Statistics:

  • Twitter has over 330 million monthly active users, with more than 1.3 billion accounts created.
  • Barack Obama, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber are among the top-followed individuals.
  • Tweets from only 10% of American users constitute 80% of all tweets.

The Role of Jack Dorsey and Current Situation:

  • In 2020, Dorsey donated $1 billion to COVID-19 efforts.
  • His views on Noah Glass's contribution remain unclear.

Noah Glass Today:

  • Glass has largely faded from public view, his contributions to Twitter largely unrecognized.


  • The story of Twitter's foundation is complex, with key contributions from Noah Glass and Jack Dorsey.
  • The saga includes elements of friendship, betrayal, and business decisions leading to significant outcomes for all involved.

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