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IDEA No 83

MICROBLOGGING

There have been Tweets from parliament, the Vatican, space and the womb. It has caused governments to fall and society to change. And it was all put together in two weeks in 2006 by a bunch of people who should have been doing something else.

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter.

While other kids were interested in trains and Lego, Jack Dorsey was interested in how cities worked. In particular, he loved couriers. So much so that in 1992, at the age of 16, he started a bicycle messenger service of his own: ‘I put my brother and me on bikes, just so I could write the dispatch software.’ He quickly ...

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