Like it or not, but that Twitter is just so hot right now. Given, it is no Hansel, but it is still red hot. And with that said, Twitter co-founder and CEO Ev Williams announcing he is stepping down is pretty important . Dick Costolo will be taking the reigns as CEO, but Williams will still be involved with product development (apparently it’s his passion). Costolo, an early investor in Twitter, joined the company as chief operating officer a year ago to help manage Twitter’s rapid growth. So what does this mean, exactly? Will anything change to us users? Probably not right away, but Williams seemed pretty upbeat in his official memo about the whole situation from Twitter’s Blog.
By all accounts Twitter is on a roll. We’ve redesigned our web site to great user feedback. Our user and usage numbers are growing at a rapid clip all around the world. We’ve launched an early, but successful, monetization effort. And, many top engineers, product designers, sales people and other key folks have joined our quickly growing team. In fact, there are 300 people working at Twitter today compared to about 20 when I took the CEO job two years ago. Back then, people were creating about 1.25 million tweets a dayâcompared to 90 million today. In those same two years, we grew from 3 million registered users to more than 160 million today. 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. 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 Dick’s track record as a three-time successful CEO, I’m confident we can make this a smooth transition. I’m extremely proud of how far Twitter has come in the last two years. And, I couldn’t be more excited about where our amazing team will take it next.
Twitter really has done a great job growing and thriving, especially amidst dramatic social and economic issues. Nonetheless, Twitter won’t always be the new voice on the block, so changing up upper-management roles may not be a bad decision. In my best estimation, I would say this story is going to be blogged about and Tweeted like nobody’s business. Who would Socialtechpop be if we weren’t on board?