Last night my old friend Biz Stone appeared on the Stephen Colbert Show on Comedy Central. I’m stoked for Biz and the whole Twitter team. Their mainstream media mentions and appearances don’t seem to be slowing down. Evan Williams was on Charlie Rose and they were profiled on Nightline. If you didn’t catch Colbert live last night you can see the full clip embedded below.
I’ve been friends with Biz for a while now but we not met in real life back in 2001. However, that didn’t stop us from becoming arch-nemeses, cordially of course. All the same time, I really wasn’t too sure about a guy who referred to himself as “genius” and his smart aleck style of writing wasn’t helping things. In 2003 when we finally met at a blogging conference I found out that he is actually one of the nicest guys around. We had to end our pretend feud. We were able to hire him onto the Blogger team at Google in October 2003 which Biz of course wrote up jokingly as an acquisition of Genius Labs. After spending years working with Biz I can’t help but read anything he writes in classic Biz Stone-style. I’m glad the rest of America gets a glimpse into the kind of fun Biz brings to any project.
Clip courtesy of Comedy Central.
While we are getting truthy, a minor correction to a Techcrunch post about a rumored sale of Twitter to Google. Michael Arrington writes:
…it’s a brilliant deal for Google – the value of Twitter is only going to go up over time. And it will be Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone’s second sale to Google – they sold Blogger to them just five years ago.
It’s would be Ev’s second sale (if it were true) however, as mentioned above, Biz was brought on in late 2003 and wasn’t part of the Ev, Steve, Rudy, Jason, Jason and Jason team. It is interesting to note that one Jason, Rudy and Steve are at Twitter though. Go (old) team!