Twitter users should thank its co-founder Jack Dorsey’s speech impediment since it somehow led him to the creation of the microblogging social networking site. This was revealed through an interview with Dorsey on CBS TV’s “60 Minutes”.
Dorsey, who grew up in St. Louis, listened to the police scanner a lot. He was very curious about the short bursts of communication used by law enforcement and emergency workers for dispatches. He said that he remembered how law enforcers shared what they were doing, where they were and even what they needed. This, he said, has later paved the way for the establishment of the social networking site.
His speech impediment has left him unable to communicate well with others. His being a computer programmer (or a nerd, some would say) even pushed him farther away from children who love to play outside. He spent his time in front of his computer and the police scanner that even before he was a teenager, Dorsey can already create programs and can hack into websites.
In fact, his job in a dispatch company in New York was largely influenced by his ability to hack into the security hole of the company’s website. A week after sending an email to improve the security walls of the website, the company hired him. It was a dream come true for Dorsey.
Later, he co-founded Twitter and watched it become the massive microblogging site that it is now. In the interview, Dorsey said that he never imagined that the site will be used by millions of people who will send about one billion tweets every three days. Today, the site is being used by big companies, celebrities, marketers and many others to promote movies, products and services.
Tweets were used to revolutionize the Arab region during the series of events known as the Arab Spring. It was also used by politicians for their campaigns and even Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI utilized it to bid farewell to the 1.2 billion Catholics all over the world.
And although Dorsey was shortly kicked out of the company he helped established, a change in management paved the way for him to be back with Twitter. Today, Dorsey is also in the midst of a start-up company called Square, which will enable individuals/merchants to accept credit card payments even without a transaction device.
For example, Square can detect users if they are already in a mall or coffee shop, so that the customer won’t have to take out his/her credit card to make the payment. His details will be saved in the application, and the cashier can bill him/her directly. A transaction slip will be emailed to the buyer as a confirmation of payment. Dorsey hopes to bring Square to Europe and Asia in the next months based on the report.
Dorsey’s dream, however, goes beyond developing technologies. Even after the success of Twitter and Square, he said that his dream is to be the mayor of New York City. But being a politician requires from a person the ability to interact well with his constituents—a trait, Dorsey said, that he would be more comfortable doing on the social networking site.