ev williams

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[san fran]

via medium bio:

I make systems that encourage typing and thinking (Blogger, Twitter, Medium).


intro’d to Ev here:

first round review

After Ev Williams first started working on Twitter, he reached out to Jason Stirman in Texas. “You have to come out here,” Williams said. “Twitter is happening and we want you to join us.” But Stirman wasn’t easily convinced. “I told him, ‘You want me to move for 140 characters and a button? I don’t think so,’” Stirman says. “And I’ll never forget this. Ev looked me right in the eye and said,

‘If we do this right, it’ll totally change the way the world communicates.’

I thought to myself, ‘I like you, but you’re crazy.’” He regretted his decision almost immediately, and 18 months later, when Twitter hit 50 or so employees, he made the jump.

sounded like echoes of Doug..


from 2009:

In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.

Evan Williams is the co-founder of Twitter, the addictive messaging service that connects the world 140 characters at a time.

launched blogger and twitter – as side projects

sharing moments as they’re happening – helps people feel more connected

huge during real time events.. info, et al

it seems when you give people more ways to share info – more good things happen


find/follow Ev:

link twitter

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Evan Clark Williams (born March 31, 1972) is an American internet entrepreneur who has founded several Internet companies. Two of the internet’s top ten websites have been created by Williams’s companies: Blogger, a weblog-authoring software of Pyra Labs – and Twitter, where he was previously CEO.

his original site:


his current writings:

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Ev talking about medium:

ev on medium


oct 1, 2014 – Jerome Bruner – 99 yrs old

via Maria:


Today, we hang so much of our identity on our capacity to create, often confusing what we do for who we are. And while creativity, by and large, is a positive force in the external world, its blind pursuit can be damaging to the inner.  – Bruner

It is hard for us to accept that people do not fall in love with works of art only for their own sake, but also in order to feel that they belong to a community. By imitating, we get closer to others—that is, other imitators. It fights solitude.  – Taleb

most people are other people. trumping authenticity for attachment.

perhaps why ie: th experiment and this mit & twitter – and even maker ness – won’t get us there – until we free people up to be themselves. twitter data is irrelevant – if it’s not really us. no? how to make it not an imitation. every day.


co-founded twitter with Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey.


on twitter on twitter via Jack:

[to me –  not boring. i love it.]



jan 2017 – renewing mediums focus


We need a new model.

To continue on this trajectory put us at risk — even if we were successful, business-wise — of becoming an extension of a broken system.

a nother way

hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data


Jennifer Pahlka (@pahlkadot) tweeted at 6:20 AM – 21 May 2017 :

Everyone looks at a car crash. The internet thinks everyone is asking for crashes, so it tries to supply them. https://t.co/u9BTGPZXoc -@ev (http://twitter.com/pahlkadot/status/866267412383113216?s=17)

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Mr. Williams says. “I was wrong about that.”

well.. we haven’t tried that yet..

part\ial is killing/blinding us

After a detour or two, Mr. Williams arrived in Silicon Valley. If his vision was clear — get rid of the gatekeepers and let people talk — the road was not.

mech to facil that – one’s using not yet simple enough.. not yet whole/deep enough

It was just another Utopian dream, Mr. Williams says. “The problem is that *not everyone is going to be cool, because humans are humans,” he says.

*only because 100% people weren’t 100% free..

gershenfeld sel

no one has come up with a satisfactory and sustainable way of harnessing the internet to satisfy all these parties without descending into sleaze and clickbait.

a nother way via 2 convos

“Ad-driven systems can only reward attention,” Mr. Williams says.


“They can’t reward the right answer. Consumer-paid systems can. They can reward value. The inevitable solution: People will have to pay for quality content.”

not true

Mr. Williams was late to arrive at this solution. The rest of the media got there long ago.

Subscriptions have become more viable online in the last five years, refuting the long-held notion that no one would pay for writing on the web

As Medium struggles to define itself, the older new communications platforms — Google, Facebook, Twitter — are trying to deal with their unexpected toxicity.

“I think we will fix these things,” Mr. Williams says. Just don’t hold your breath. The work has barely begun, he says. “Twenty years isn’t very long to change how society works.”

it’s too long .. when we have the means to leap.. for (blank)’s sake .. and so many are ie: dying.. in all the ways

Medium hasn’t solved the problem of publishing on the internet, but neither has anyone else.

let’s try this: hlb that io dance.. as the day [aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]