Biography of Evan Williams - Founder of Twitter and Blogger

Evan Williams was born on March 31, 1972 in Nebraska, Williams grew up on a farm in Clarks, Nebraska, where he assisted with crop irrigation in the summer. He attended the University of Nebraska for a year and a half, left to pursue his career. He was a U.S. entrepreneur who has founded several businesses. Two of the most famous of which is before it was bought by Google's Blogger. And is one of three people who founded the site in addition Gorsey Jack and Biz Stone

After leaving school, Williams worked at various jobs and start-up technology companies in Key West, Dallas, Austin, Texas and again on his family farm in Nebraska. In 1996 Williams moved to Sebastopol, California in Sonoma County working for the publishing company O'Reilly Media technology. He started at O'Reilly in marketing positions but eventually became an independent contractor to write computer code, which led to freelance opportunities with companies including Intel and Hewlett-Packard

Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan founded Pyra Labs to make project management software. A noted feature spun off as Blogger, one of the first web application to create and manage weblog Williams found a "blogger" and was instrumental in popularizing the term "blog" long Pyra survived the departure of Hourihan and other employees, and eventually acquired by Google on February 13, 2003 In 2003, Williams was named to MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the 100 best innovators in the world under the age of 35 In 2004, he was as one of PC Magazine's "People of the Year", along with Hourihan and Paul Bausch to their work on Blogger

Williams left Google in October 2004 to co-found Odeo, a podcasting company. In late 2006, Williams co-founded Obvious Corp with Biz Stone and other former Odeo employees to get all the previous properties of Odeo's former supporters in April 2007, Odeo was acquired by Sonic Mountain

Among the projects Obvious Corp. 's is Twitter, a free social networking and micro-blogging service. Twitter itself was spun out into a new company in April 2007, with Williams as a co-founder, board member and investor In October 2008, Williams became the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey replace the chairman of the board in February 2009, ranking Twitter social networking third most widely used based on their count of 6 million monthly unique visitors and 55 million monthly visits On 14 April 2010, Twitter has 105,779,710 registered users. It gets 300,000 new users every day and receive 180 million unique visitors per month. 75% of traffic comes from outside On October 4, 2010, Williams withdrew from the CEO (to be taken over by Dick Costolo).

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