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Twitter Names Dick Costolo CEO

     
3:51 pm on Oct 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Twitter Names Dick Costolo CEO [blog.twitter.com]

Evan Williams said,
This is why I have decided to ask our COO, Dick Costolo, to become Twitterís CEO. Starting today, Iíll be completely focused on product strategy.

When I insisted on bringing Dick into the COO role a year ago, I got a lot of questions from my board. But I knew Dick would be a strong complement to me, and this has proven to be the case. During his year at Twitter, he has been a critical leader in devising and executing our revenue efforts, while simultaneously and effectively making the trains run on time in the office. Dick can be even more effective at this now because Ali Rowghani, Adam Bain, Mike Abbott, Katie Stanton and Kevin Thau joined our leadership team this year and are having a big impact. Given Dickís track record as a three-time successful CEO, Iím confident we can make this a smooth transition.
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Websites needing CEO's, still amazes me.
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Congrats to Mr. Dick & Tiwtter Team for bringing such an outstanding personality. We hope he will fill the twitter gap in all respects e.g user hub,content hub, ads hub, social networking hub & overall competing with Google or Bing or Facebook.
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This should be interesting. Twitter is, by far, the most completely vulnerable social media company. I see a rat leaving a seriously foundering ship, a company trying to stave off a disaster, and a real good ability to maintain and convince people all is good and happy.

Gone or eaten by 2012
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Evan Williams is not leaving Twitter.
Starting today, Iíll be completely focused on product strategy.

This is a very smart and gutsy move - recognizing where your passions lie and letting each player focus on what they love. If this isn't just PR smoke, I think it's a very promising move.

Websites needing CEO's, still amazes me.

At a certain speed, someone's got to drive the car or it just runs off the road.
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Websites needing CEO's, still amazes me.

And here's why: Twitter Now Has 300 Employees [mashable.com]
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It's starting to look like the original story here may not be the way things actually are:

The truth is, right now, a few months after Williams wrote a blog post saying he would be "completely focused on product strategy," he is in fact hardly working for Twitter at all. Sources close to Twitter say that Williams isn't working on product and hardly ever shows up at Twitter's office.

He remains involved in the company at the board level, but that's about it. He sometimes chips in with PR, serving as a public face of the company.

Says a source: "He's gone, buddy."

Business Insider [businessinsider.com]