Before Twitter was Twitter, Twitter was Twttr. And before that, Twitter was Odeo, a podcasting company.
Making sense of Twitter’s history is a bit like trying to follow a discussion on Twitter: It depends on who you listen to.
What everyone agrees on is that it started out in 2005 as Odeo, a podcasting company founded by Evan Williams. When Apple iTunes moved into podcasting, Odeo found itself going nowhere fast, and so it needed to pivot. Here’s where it gets murky. The official story is that one of Odeo’s engineers, Jack Dorsey, had developed a messaging service that allowed instant updates; Williams gave back $5 million in seed capital he had raised to his investors, and Twttr (vowels were added later) was born…
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Money is something we choose to trade our our life energy for. Our life energy is our allotment of time here on Earth, the hours of precious life available to us. When we go to our jobs we are trading our life energy for money. This truth, while simple, is profound.
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Sergio Scaglietti began working as an auto mechanic in 1933 at the age of thirteen. The owner of the adjacent business took notice of Scaglietti’s work and began giving him some extra work. So he was asked to fix a mudflap. The jobs grew until the owner hired Scaglietti to work for him. That was how Enzo Ferrari discovered the greatest auto designer in history.
Ferraris designed by Scaglietti are not only engineering marvels but standards of design. In August 2011, the prototype for the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa (which means “redhead” in Italian, and wer so-named because the engines were painted red) sold for over $16 million. (Above is a retail model of the Testa Rossa, of which only 22 were manufactured. It sold for over $12 million in 2011.)
Scaglietti designed his Ferraris by hammering out pieces of aluminum - he never sketched a design; just built it. Some other models that were created by Scaglietti include the 250 GTO, 500 Mondial, and the California Spider.
Retiring in the 1980s, Scaglietti was honored in 2004 when Ferrari released the Scaglietti 612, below.
He died at the age of 91.
(Images courtesy of www.luxist.com)