Just hatching: New book chronicling rise of Twitter arriving later this year

24 Jul 2013

Just ahead of Twitter’s impending IPO, New York Times tech columnist Nick Bilton has penned a book charting the rise of Twitter. Entitled ‘Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal’, the book will be published in November.

Bilton’s book promises to take readers “behind the scenes” and back to the start when a group of friends in Silicon Valley built a social network that is now considered a bastion of the internet, counting more than 200m users and worth US$11.5bn.

According to the blurb on Amazon.com, the book, which is available to pre-order and which will be out 5 November, will tell how Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Noah Glass went from being ordinary engineers to wealthy celebrities considered to be among the world’s most influential people.

“Bilton’s exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting – drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal emails – 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,” the Amazon pre-order page reads.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years