Twitter CEO Evan Williams Steps Down: Is Facebook Movie to Blame?

Brittny Drye

TwitterThe twitter on, well, Twitter is that the co-founder and CEO of the social networking site, Evan Williams, has stepped down. In a surprising announcement on the Twitter blog, he wrote that he'd continue with the company, but working on the aspect that he enjoys most, which is the actual building of the site:

The challenges of growing an organization so quickly are numerous. Growing big is not success, in itself. Success to us means meeting our potential as a profitable company that can retain its culture and user focus while having a positive impact on the world. This is no small task. I frequently reflect on the type of focus that is required from everyone at Twitter to get us there.

This led to a realization as we launched the new Twitter. I am most satisfied while pushing product direction. Building things is my passion, and I’ve never been more excited or optimistic about what we have to build.

This is why I have decided to ask our COO, Dick Costolo, to become Twitter’s CEO. Starting today, I’ll be completely focused on product strategy.

I call B.S. I'm willing to bet dude went and watched The Social Network over the weekend and it scared him shitless.

In case you haven't seen it yet, 1. You should, it was fantastic and 2. It made Mark Zuckerberg look like a complete douchebag. Sure the movie was an exaggeration of the truth, but Evan isn't about to take any chances on Hollywood getting a hold of any skeletons in his geeky closet and turning them into a film starring curly headed cuties.

The COO, Dick Costolo, is stepping up to the plate, and ironically enough, his first tweet as COO was a joke about his supposed ambitions: "Task #1: undermine CEO, consolidate power." *Cue evil laugh. Here we thought it was just a joke, but who's laughing now? I can already see Hollywood writers penning a script, Over Capacity: The Twitter Take Down (okay, now you clearly see why I'm not in the movie biz).

Think they should make a Twitter movie?


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