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Hatching Twitter

A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
Narrated by: Daniel May
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)
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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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  • manasi
  • 12-10-2017

Gripping story

The book is a very schocking account of the events of a service that changed the world. It is well narrated and keeps you gripped. The blue bird that made sharing news so easy and accessible to all to create a level stage for everyone is actually built on upheaval of betrayals and corporate coups. Shocking story!!!

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  • Kris
  • 16-03-2014

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.

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  • Paal Skjetne
  • 26-02-2014

The random walk that payed off

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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!

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  • Ulrik
  • 18-04-2014

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?

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  • Alonzo
  • 10-02-2019

Decent book, but felt incredibly biased

Wasn't this book funded by Ev to smear Jack? Certainly feels like it. Took me a while to get through it.

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  • ME247
  • 29-09-2018

Truth is stranger than fiction

This will probably be turned into a film one day, but I wonder if people will believe it! A great story will written and equally well performed.

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 14-03-2018

More interesting than I'd anticipated

Having been hugely impressed with Nick Bilton's latest book - American Kingpin - I decided to read his previous book, albeit that the subject of Twitter didn't seem that exciting. In fact, the Twitter story is gripping not just because of the characters and boardroom dramas that Bilton brings to life so brilliantly, but also because Twitter is a key example of the businesses that are transforming our world. Perhaps it is another side effect of QE, but it takes my breath away to see a business losing millions of dollars a year to actually pay for a service that it gives free to its users, making zero revenue yet fighting off investors who want to give it more money (and own part...even Al Gore).

Unfortunately, the narrative stops in 2012 (the book was published in 2013) before the Twitter IPO, when skies were blue and the company was projected to be worth £100 billion in the near future. For the story since - valuation at $18b at the time of the IPO (November 2013) and the subsequent slide to $10b today, you have to Google for yourself. The book cries out for a new edition with an epilogue, though maybe this would be starting to paint a Forth Bridge for Bilton.

Narration. Professional. Good co-ordination of stops with shortish chapters.

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  • Clemente Pascale
  • 23-11-2017

very interesting and fascinating

it tells you a lot about people, money, power, friendship and startups. very interesting. suggested

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  • whyteuk
  • 09-06-2017

Brilliant

Where does Hatching Twitter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audiobooks of listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Biz - for his fun, animal loving and loyalty.

Which character – as performed by Daniel May – was your favourite?

Jack

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Ev got ousted.

Any additional comments?

Sensationally well researched and documented story about the history of Twitter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-2016

Stop acting out the dialogue...

What did you like best about Hatching Twitter? What did you like least?

It's a fascinating story of a company that, despite the initial naysayers and the criticisms of those who don't get it, has become ubiquitous. It's one of undoubted naiveté, of harnessing tech in the service of social idealism, of money becoming all-consuming for some and of the petulance of egos that were all too ready to develop their own god complexes.

The book is overwritten, with far too much overly florid descriptions where it's just the writer going for a self-indulgent meander. Keep to the spirit of Twitter and make it considerably more succinct.

But that fades into – relative – insignificance for me when it comes to the narrator's acting out of dialogue with different voices that sound like also-rans from a Nick Jr series. It really takes me out of the story and was unnecessary.

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

The various boardroom intrigues. Russian President Medvedev's near-disasterous first tweet.

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel May’s performances?

No. Sorry. The different voices were a bad call. I don't know if it's the narrator's or the producer's decision, but it worked as a disservice to the book.

Did Hatching Twitter inspire you to do anything?

I'm waiting to see if/when Jack Dorsey gets ousted again.

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  • Damien
  • 01-12-2015

Whether it is real or not. Its worth a read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you want to take some parts with a pinch of salt, I still believe the book has a great story and does provide some interesting insights into the founding and launching of Twitter. If you are a fan of Twitter I recommend getting this book.

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  • michael
  • 26-07-2015

Understanding the failings of Twitter

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

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  • UMAGA
  • 17-05-2015

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.