The Medium Model: Can Writers Live Large?

John Koblin · 05/03/13 04:00PM

What comes next after unpaid microcontent? Try 4,700 words about foreskins, at about $3 a word. That, according to a source, is what Sloane Crosley supplied to a new project called Medium, from Twitter co-founder Ev Williams. Williams won’t pay you for a Tweet but, for now at least, he might pay you depending on who you are.

Why Did Twitter's CEO Get Fired?

Ryan Tate · 04/14/11 04:05PM

Twitter's longtime CEO Ev Williams was pressured out of his job, his spin to the contrary notwithstanding, multiple sources have told Fortune, corroborating what we've been saying for nine months. But why?

How Twitter's 'Predominant' Founder Was Fired and Forgotten

Ryan Tate · 04/13/11 03:12PM

He's been expunged from Twitter's official history, but Noah Glass is widely acknowledged as the microblogging system's most passionate advocate from when he named and helped create Twitter until the day he was fired. Business Insider tells his story.

Tech's Winners and Losers of 2010

Ryan Tate · 12/28/10 01:00PM

Technology seemed especially relevant in 2010, what with The Social Network's blockbuster receipts and mass mania for Apple's iPad and iPhone 4. The newfound attention helped turned some techies into genuine stars — while lending others real worldwide infamy.

The Trouble at Twitter Inc.

Ryan Tate · 07/14/10 03:03PM

Running Twitter Inc. sounds like any entrepreneur's dream: Cash flows freely. The press is smitten. Celebrity users abound. But CEO and co-founder Evan Williams is said to be on the verge of being ousted from his microblogging paradise.

Vicious Techies Devour Another Victim

Ryan Tate · 03/15/10 03:50PM

The geeks at South by Southwest look docile, but online they turn against mutual enemies with ruthless efficiency. This year's victim: Umair Haque, the Harvard wonk whose interview with Twitter's CEO just turned into a virtual stoning.

Re-Tweet Redesign Helps the Rich Get Richer on Twitter

Ryan Tate · 11/11/09 12:25PM

Twitter is offering a new way to quote other people's tweets. The new "re-tweet" feature is both less useful and more confusing than the ad-hoc system that preceded it. But that's OK, because it bolsters rich celebrities and dot-com millionaires.

The Retreat of King Twitter

Ryan Tate · 10/21/09 11:30AM

With great power comes great responsibility, and with great responsibility comes great headaches. So after years as the hottest, most talked about startup in Silicon Valley, Twitter is ready to relinquish some control of the national conversation.