Business Insider has an absolute humdinger of an interview with forgotten Twitter co-founder Noah Glass, where he speaks openly about his large part in the establishment of the Twitter platform, only to be pushed aside by Evan Williams.
Back in 2006, Glass and Williams were co-founders of Odeo, a podcasting platform, which suddenly looked like a terrible idea when Apple’s iTunes came along. Williams asked his team to come up with a different idea.
Alongside current Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey and developer Florian Webber. Glass created Twitter – he came up with the name (confirmed by Williams last night on Twitter here) – and Williams liked the product enough to put Glass in charge. Soon, it became his obsession, and Glass wanted to spin Twitter off from Odeo as its own company.
A few months later Williams, frustrated and tired of Odeo, bought the assets of the company back from the investors. Those assets included Twitter, Odeo was renamed Obvious, and Williams promptly fired Glass.