Dom Sagolla explica por qué es co-creador de Twitter

Mucho ha sido lo que se ha discutido en cuanto a que si Dom Sagolla es o no co-creador de Twitter. Algunos han defendido la afirmación con sus opiniones y fundamentos, y otros han dicho que por el nivel de su participación no debe llamarse co-creador de esta famosa herramienta, también con sus opiniones y fundamentos.

Lo que si es seguro es que lo que el tenga para decir en su conferencia del próximo lunes 28 aquí en el país debe ser de interés para todo el que su trabajo dependa, o al menos esté interesado, de las redes sociales, en especial Twitter.

De todos modos, logré contactar a Dom Sagolla y entre otras cosas le hice saber lo que estaba pasando respecto al tema y le pregunté que opinión le merecía, así como también que expectativas podemos tener para su conferencia y su respuesta fue muy buena. También le preguntaba sobre la diferencia en cuanto a los formatos normal, Kindle y iPhone de su libro 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form.

Pensaba traducir su respuesta pero prefiero dejarla intacta para que no se pierda nada de la esencia de la misma:

hi Hipolito,

Good of you to write. The term «co-creator» was originally used by the 14 of us who were at Odeo on day one of twttr, to describe each other.

When you work on a project in secret, pour your ideas and your energy into it, building feels like creation. It was Jack Dorsey’s idea from 2001—we just brought it to life. Making software is magical—it actually changes reality. Engineers are like painters—if 14 people contributed to a painting, what would you call them?

To reinvent Odeo, we all contributed our ideas, and they each had a similar theme. This naturally led to the embodiment of Jack’s idea. My idea had to do with sending «audio tweets» as you might now call them.

We went with text, and the first use case was the Web, then two days later SMS.

I was the only Test Engineer at the company, and there was no public timeline in the product at first. Before anything went public, it was my responsibility to use it first, and make sure there were no flaws.

So, to see what people were saying about the service, I just followed everyone. «Everyone» was about 20-30 people, mostly the team and their close friends and family.

However, there were no account pages back then, either. It was difficult to tell who was who for a while. A flag on the system was generated, to allow admins like me to see when a new user wanted to be «private». That is the genesis of the protected status on Twitter, a system that was designed from the start to be open.

At it’s heart, twitter is a public commons, made of messages and conversations. A conversation between Jack and me opened it up during those first moments of life:

«waiting for dom to update more» -tweet 35

«oh this is going to be addictive» -tweet 38

It’s difficult to come up with a word to describe my early contributions to Twitter because even after most of us were laid off from Odeo (and then from Twitter), I continued to evangelize it and sign important people up. It’s been over four years since it’s creation, and only recently has anyone recognized the name when I talk about Twitter.

What word would you use for someone who helped shape and test the service Twitter alongside it’s inventor, but never worked for the company Twitter, Inc.? How would you describe a person who contributed ideas and content during those critical first months, and then got a pink slip for his troubles?

As a humble engineer, I’ve never taken credit for founding the company, but I do take responsibility for having unleashed Twitter upon reality. Our consciousness has changed, and continues to change.

I visit the Dominican Republic, a nation that shares my name, in order to tell the story of it’s creation and how I believe it can best be used for good.

Co-creators, early contributors, whatever you call us, every one of the Odeo team who was laid off (9 of the 14) now has their own flourishing enterprise. I am a creator of things, having co-founded or founded several ventures since then including iPhoneDevCamp and DollarApp.

I help create software like the Obama iPhone App. I am a starter, to borrow a term from «Rework.» The phrase «helped create Twitter» has been blessed by the company’s current CEO, my friend Evan Williams, and that is good enough for me.

By the way, the content inside the 140 Characters iPhone app is the most current version of the text, with an added chapter on iPhoneDevCamp and a few edits for concision. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to meeting you next week.

Thank you,


Bueno, esas son la palabras del propio Dom Sagolla respecto a su participación en la creación de lo que hoy conocemos como Twitter, ya solo queda esperar el lunes 28 para ver que tiene para contarnos, espero verlos a todos por allá.

Hipólito Delgado
Hipólito Delgado

Fundador de Entusiasta de la tecnología, cine, rock, beisbol, CrossFit (CF-L1), entre otros. Experiencia en diseño gráfico, diseño y programación web.

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