Biz Stone, the original founder of Twitter is back full time with the micro-blogging site. Biz Stone announced his return through a blog post on Medium. He will assist co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey in the new live streaming business and also other operations at Twitter. Biz Stone made it clear that he would not be replacing anyone at Twitter. Also Read - Happy Dusshera 2021 messages, images, stickers, quotes: How to create, send Happy Vijayadashami greetings via WhatsAppAlso Read - Twitter may soon pay Spaces creators under its new accelerator programme
His return after a six-year long break was shared on Twitter by Dorsey. Stone has been extremely vague about his new profile mentioning nothing on his blog. he will reportedly be working on the cultural aspect of the organisation but what exactly that involves remains unknown. Biz Stone left Twitter to pursue his own dream project, the crowd-sourced Jelly search engine which he hoped to create as a competitor to Google. Also Read - Your Twitter experience is going to change, ads tested for replies
jack (@jack) May 16, 2017
While plans for Jelly failed to take off, the engine was acquired by Pinterest and Biz Stone has been a part of Pinterest since. Post his new recruitment at Twitter, he will leave his post as advisor to Chief Product officer Evan Sharp at Pinterest. His return comes barely two months post the acquisition leaving more than a few eyebrows raised at the decision.
Leslie Berland (@leslieberland) May 16, 2017
The opportunity seems to be quite accidental and happened during an event at Twitter. Dorsey invited Stone to the event and while on stage, offered the job back to Stone. Stone gladly accepted and post the event, Dorsey confirmed that he was indeed serious about bringing Stone back on board and the rest, is known. The news has been received positively by Twitter fans and also by investors. Post the announcement, Twitter shares went up to $19.62, a three month high.
Twitter has been facing a lot of problems in recent times with many of the top-level staff members quitting. With rise of newer platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, and the age-old competitor Facebook going strong, Twitter is grappling to stay innovative and present something different to its users. The co-founders’ return is expected to bring back new energy among employees and act as a morale booster. ALSO READ: Twitter uses AI-based deep learning to recommend tweets on timelines
In his post on Medium, Stone said, “My top focus will be to guide the company culture, that energy, that feeling. This is where Jack, and Twitter s inestimable CMO, Leslie Berland, feel I can have the most powerful impact. It s important that everyone understands the whole story of Twitter and each of our roles in that story. I ll shape the experience internally so it s also felt outside the company. More soon. I m not replacing anyone at Twitter. Somebody mentioned I m just filling the Biz shaped hole I left. You might even say the job description includes being Biz Stone.”
Twitter recently shifted from its algorithmic timeline to artificial intelligence (AI) for Tweet suggestions. Twitter users will now see suggested tweets on their timelines based on deep learning technology. The suggested tweets will be based on user behavior learning – the amount of times a user has responded to a tweet from a particular account, and the number of interactions. Usage of media like images and videos will also impact the visibility.