A developer’s personal history with Twitter

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

Chad Etzel relates his long history with Twitter:

I read all of the Twitter API docs (which was easy back then, there were about a dozen methods, and everything was typed out on a page in the Google Groups forum). Then I just needed an idea for something to do.

For the next three years, ideas sprang forth like a fountain. I just could not stop creating every goofy idea that popped into my head.

He worked as tech support for Twitter for awhile, then became a 3rd party developer, so he got to see and understand all the tension that arose as Twitter began to take over more and more of the space formerly occupied by Twitter:

The day before the conference, there was a secret cabal of 3rd party developers that met in a SOMA office to discuss the recent actions by Twitter and how the developers were going to band together to demand a developer Bill of Rights. I know this because I was there. It did seem a little creepy that this was all happening. After all, it’s Twitter’s ball. If they want to take it and go home, that’s their right. It has been almost a year since that meeting, and not much has come of it. Either that, or I have been left out of the loop.

Tension was at a fever pitch during the developer conference (called Chirp). Everyone was waiting to hear what other bad news would be levied up on stage. There was murmuring about other possible rumors going around. Overall it was quite an awkward situation.

Also, interestingly, apparently he got married when he was only 22 years old. I can not easily imagine what that is like:

During a six-week span in mid-2006, I graduated from school (Georgia Tech), got married, moved out of my parents’ house in Florida, and started a new job in Raleigh, North Carolina at Cisco Systems. Apparently Twitter had launched and started getting popular during SXSW of that year, but I had never heard of either Twitter or SXSW until mid-2007.

That meant that when he went off to Y Combinator, he was leaving his wife behind:

2010 started. My wife stayed in NC so she could work, and I left for CA. At this juncture I must give her a lot of credit. She was (and still is!) extremely supportive of my crazy ideas and desires to build a company. She never once complained about living apart even though I knew it was incredibly hard on her. Thankfully we had some wonderful friends at our church who took good care of her if she ever got lonely.

I imagine it is a struggle to integrate a marriage with the startup life.