Jack Dorsey is a modern day visionary, after Facebook became a massive hit, no one would’ve guessed that a simpler, quicker, more refined way of letting people know what you’re up to would be a hit. After all, this is what Mark Zuckerberg first saw Facebook as. However, Jack Dorsey had a different vision, he saw a shorter message, a quick status update as a more appealing way for people to communicate to the world. Dorsey’s idea, as with most great ideas was fine tuned over and over again which created the second most popular social media website in the world, Twitter.
What many people don’t know is that Twitter was first named “stat.us” and what is now known as Twitter, sat in the mind of Dorsey for over 5 years. It took him the 6th year of the idea not going away, for him to “know” it was something and to turn the idea into reality. This made Dorsey one of the most successful dot com entrepreneurs on the planet. The picture above is an actual sketch he drew out of the vision he first had. Along with that picture, on his Flickr page, he wrote the following:
“On May 31st, 2000, I signed up with a new service called LiveJournal. I was user 4,136 which entitled me a permanent account and street cred in some alternate geeky universe which I have not yet visited. I was living in the Sunshine Biscuit Factory in Oakland California and starting a company to dispatch couriers, taxis, and emergency services from the web
One night in July of that year I had an idea to make a more “live” LiveJournal. Real-time, up-to-date, from the road. Akin to updating your AIM status from wherever you are, and sharing it. For the next 5 years, I thought about this concept and tried to silently introduce it into my various projects. It slipped into my dispatch work. It slipped into my networks of medical devices. It slipped into an idea for a frictionless service market. It was everywhere I looked: a wonderful abstraction which was easy to implement and understand.
The 6th year; the idea has finally solidified (thanks to the massively creative environment my employer Odeo provides) and taken a novel form. We’re calling it twttr (though this original rendering calls it stat.us; I love the word.ed domains, e.g. gu.st/). It’s evolved a lot in the past few months. From an excited discussion and persuasion on the South Park playground to a recently approved application for a SMS shortcode. I’m happy this idea has taken root; I hope it thrives.” – Jack Dorsey
Lesson Learned: If you have an urge to create something , and that urge will not go away, trust that intuition, allow that intuition to move you into action, and eventually it will guide you to turning a vision into reality.