As a member of the Berkeley DMEC (Digital Media Entertainment Club), I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Twitter on Friday.
We all know that Twitter is a powerful messaging platform with enormous global reach. However, I was surprised to learn that the company is actually small. Considering Twitter’s reputation, they can undoubtedly attract the best and brightest of Silicon Valley. However, Twitter prefers to stay small to maintain a nimble start-up culture. I have enormous respect for this decision. Bigger is not always better.
Nevertheless, the service has evolved as a fairly geeky online messaging system into a incredibly influential news-sharing platform. I still remember the early days of Twitter when the service would go down every few hours due to overcapacity. It’s amazing to consider that the “little service that could” has grown up and now enables protesters to overthrow governments.