I am not really into non-fiction or twitter (though I do read non-fiction and have a twitter account) and I don’t think I ever want to be an entrepreneur. Still, this one has been on my TBR list since the day I came to know about it and saw its cover online. Just finished reading it couple of hours ago and I am so glad I read it sooner rather than later! It is the only non-fiction that I am sure I will reread many more times and I will definitely buy my own copy.
Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone, one of Twitter founders, is an inspiring, funny, illuminating story of how Twitter was born and evolved into what it is today. It was a pleasure throughout to read this amazingly simple yet so powerful book.
Biz talks about his initial job as Designer of book jackets and then position at Google where he was hired to add “humanity” to the products, his journey of start-ups and how he co-founded Twitter. Good to read how Twitter went through all ups and downs, still remaining a neutral technology, allowing people to interact and share democratically.
Biz highlights that most of popular twitter features like hashtags, @ replies and retweets were created by users before being incorporated as features officially. The founders wanted to keep it original, democratic, relevant to people and a fair medium of interaction and sharing/spreading information. And, they indeed were successful in making Twitter emerge as a social brand.
Apart from the Twitter saga, there’s a lot more in the book like philanthropic side of Biz which is commendable in every way, power of believing in your instincts, emphasis on virtues like humility, empathy etc. Assumptions for Twitter employees are worth reading. There’s so much to take away from this book. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, a social media user, someone working in IT, you will find something in this book for you. In fact, I would recommend this to everyone! The chapter titles, the images, inspirational quotes, the witty remark on 140th page that the book could end there… I enjoyed every bit of it. It truly was a perfect read!!
Some lines from the book:
“Inventing your dream is the first and biggest step toward making it come true.”
“There’s no such thing as a superhero, but together we can world in a new direction.”
“Your goals should be bigger than your ego,”
“Creativity is a renewable resource. Challenge yourself every day. Be as creative as you like, as often as you want, because you can never run out. Experience and curiosity drive us to make unexpected, offbeat connections. It is these nonlinear steps that often lead to the greatest work.”
“Constraint inspired creativity. Blank spaces are difficult to fill, but the smallest prompt can send us in fantastic new directions”.
“Opportunity is manufactured”
“Inventing your dream is the first and biggest step toward making it come true”
“If you make the opportunity. you’ll be the first in the position to take advantage of it.”
“Success isn´t guaranteed, but failure is certain if you aren´t truly emotionally invested in your work.”
Global empathy is the triumph of humanity.
Don’t think of helping other people as giving something away or taking something from yourself. think of what you’re gaining. It’s a paradox, but helping other people is helping yourself.
People shine when you give them benefit of doubt.