Twitter's transformation from startup to power player has hit its rocky adolescent stage. In the past six months, more than a dozen high-level employees have departed. The sudden exodus set Silicon Valley chattering: What's going on at Twitter?
When co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to Twitter earlier this year, he announced that his top priority would be to improve the service's user experience. On Thursday, Twitter unveiled the first fruit of that labor: A major redesign aimed at making Twitter faster, simpler, and more intuitive for casual users.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey frequently blasts out "Hello" tweets to whatever city he happens to be in at the moment. A different type of "hello" hit the Web this week -- one that will look very familiar to Dorsey and Twitter's millions of users.
Twitter has landed a major influx of cash to help it expand: The five-year-old social media company said Monday that it has just wrapped up a "significant" funding round led by venture firm DST Global.
Now that the Anthony Weiner Twitter meltdown has pretty much played out, I'm surprised that there hasn't been much discussion of the butterfly wing-flap that brought him down: Twitter's rules of engagement when it comes to "following."
With investors flinging cash at nearly every tech venture that pops up on their radar, it was inevitable that the money would eventually land in a niche not exactly renown for its business models: the art market.
Twitter's transition from "cultural force" to "actual moneymaking business" isn't going smoothly. A management shift is in the works, with one of the site's creators ramping up his involvement and another quietly stepping away.
Five years ago today, Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey blasted off the very first tweet. What began as an experiment in "microblogging" -- no more than 140 characters, please -- has become a cultural landmark.
In March 2006, Jack Dorsey wrote the first tweet ever: "Just setting up my twttr." Inspired by the pithy status updates in the ambulance and taxicab dispatch software he once programmed, Dorsey translated that software model into a real-time stream where more than 190 million users now relay their thoughts in 140 text characters or less.
Twitter creator Jack Dorsey Wednesday gave the first public demonstration of his hotly-anticipated latest venture -- a device to allow credit card payments by cell phone -- and revealed it would be given away for free.
Twitter creator Jack Dorsey's Square application, which is like a smartphone PayPal for credit cards, has attracted lots of warranted attention for its potential to enable peer-to-peer and merchant credit card transactions in the real world far beyond what's capable today in most countries.
Last summer, well after Twitter had become the buzz of the New York and San Francisco Web crowds but months before its current moment at the apogee of Internet hype, I visited the startup at its hip South of Market offices and wrote a feature on the company in Fortune. Its title, "The true meaning of Twitter," now feels like a quaint moment in time when the very definition of the company's name, let alone how you use its product, needed explaining. Twitter had raised $22 million back then, had about 3 million users and was hot.
I am sitting in a meeting room at the San Francisco offices of Twitter, chatting with the fast-growing startup's 31-year-old CEO, Jack Dorsey, when a wave of déjà vu washes over me. The youthful vibe, the playful decor, the funky South of Market loft space - I've been here before. In 2005, Mark Zuckerberg earnestly explained to me the importance of Facebook as we sat in his similarly appointed office in Palo Alto. Chad Hurley and Steve Chen walked me through YouTube's growth story the following year in their cramped space above a San Mateo, Calif., pizza parlor.