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All Is Fair in Love and Twitter

Nick Bilton, The New York Times:

One night in late February 2006, around 2 a.m., [Jack] Dorsey sat in [Noah] Glass’s parked car as rain poured down on the windshield. The two were sobering up after a night of drinking vodka and Red Bull, but the conversation, as usual, was about Odeo. Dorsey blurted out that he was planning his exit strategy. “I’m going to quit tech and become a fashion designer,” Glass recalls him saying. He also wanted to sail around the world. Glass pushed back: He couldn’t really want to leave the business entirely, could he? “Tell me what else you’re interested in,” he said. Dorsey mentioned a Web site that people could use to share their current status — the music they were listening to or where they were. Dorsey envisioned that people would use it to broadcast the simplest details about themselves — like “going to park,” “in bed” and so forth.

The Twitter genesis story you’ve never heard before. Friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and backs are stabbed. It’s like a Silicon Valley soap opera. The article is adapted from Nick Bilton’s forthcoming book, “Hatching Twitter“, set to be published next month and sure to deliver even more interesting insight and stories about one of our favourite social networks.