@Jack Reveals the Beginning of #twttr

In honor of Jack Dorsey taking the reins at Twitter as executive chairman, here is a look back at his role in founding the company. I compiled his nostalgic "#twttr" Tweets below. Enjoy this chronicle of the pivotal days leading up to Twitter's launch!
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5 years ago today we started programming Twitter ("twttr" for short). 8 days later the first tweet was sent: http://t.co/Vi5ii5A #twttr
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I've been digging through all my drawings, emails, & notes from around that time. I'll share them over the next 2 weeks right here on #twttr
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We were given the go ahead to work on the idea that morning. An IM conversation with @Biz letting him know: http://t.co/iFsNQb2 #twttr
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The team was small: @Noah came up with the name & managed, @florian & I programmed, @Biz designed, all under the roof of Odeo & @Ev. #twttr
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The name Twitter came from @Noah Glass & the Oxford English: "a short inconsequential burst of information, chirps from birds." #twttr
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However, we wanted to focus on mobile, so we dropped the vowels to get the SMS shortcode 89887 (TWTTR). Too bad Teen People owned it. #twttr
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I drew out the original idea on this notepad around 2001, named stat.us. Just needed the right time & team. http://t.co/aMft0SM #twttr
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A week earlier, @Biz & I worked on the design to show Odeo before programming. Here's the first twttr.com. http://t.co/s1gPjKv #twttr
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A design for the logged in following page (then called "friends"): http://t.co/ODFsNK2 #twttr
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A design for the public updates page (which didn't stick around long): http://t.co/FgFB9Gz #twttr
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A design for twttr.com settings. Note the "extra secret mode." That became protected mode. http://t.co/1DhexqK #twttr
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And the simplest sign up form ever. I wish it was still this easy. http://t.co/HZjEVmU #twttr
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I build products by writing stories. An email to @Noah describing the stories we needed to program day by day: http://t.co/k516bBy #twttr
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An IM with @Biz suggesting "twttr." I wasn't happy with the no vowels, but the domain was available... http://t.co/5HXm5zt #twttr
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Before implementing anything, we had all the SMS commands thought out. The SMS narratives (again, stories): http://t.co/IJMbFkZ #twttr
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Originally I was going to program twttr in Python, C, & Ocaml. But, I got @florian who was a core contributor to Ruby on Rails. #twttr
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I'm not sure if one counts the day of original programming or the first tweet (the 21st) as Twitter's birthday. Probably the latter. #twttr
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We had 14 days to finish. But our excitement drove us to work non-stop. And we moved fast. More on Twitter's history tomorrow. #5 #twttr
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Just a day later, we had login working on our staging environment, sms.odeo.com. @Ev just bought twttr.com. http://t.co/XRGxocz #twttr
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At 5:33PM 5 years ago today, we had design, login, & update. There were only 2 people on twttr, me & @florian. http://t.co/Slqj6Kx #twttr
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Twitter has had a number of logos, but this was the first. Created by @Biz on March 2nd at 2:20PM. http://t.co/X7CUk9b #twttr
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5 years ago today and 3 days into development we got following working on my laptop. IM between @Biz & me: http://t.co/tQpA84a #twttr
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Meanwhile, @florian & me were way ahead in development, having just finished the timeline. Story after story. http://t.co/ZmTLet2 #twttr
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5 years ago today we were approved for our test SMS shortcode by a company called Simplewire. Our shortcode: 10958 #twttr
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We starting playing with and testing the web a lot. @Biz tried to embed a video and broke his twitter: http://t.co/tjnb692 #twttr
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