Nick Bilton's newest book sheds new light on the social media giant's early beginnings.

This article titled “Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton – review” was written by Oliver Burkeman, for The Guardian on Wednesday 13th November 2013 07.00 UTC

The entrepreneur Jack Dorsey spent part of 2005 ineptly flirting with Crystal Taylor, the sole female employee of the San Francisco startup where he worked. Eventually, she agreed to let him join a group trip to see a band. “I’ll call you later to figure out where to meet,” said Dorsey, excited, but Taylor protested that she rarely bothered with phone calls: “Can’t you just text me instead?” Looking back from the vantage point of 2013, what Dorsey said next is so freighted with dramatic irony as to seem absurd: “Umm, what’s a text?”

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