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Googler Waxes Poetic About Twitter, the ‘Benjamin Button of Startups’

Does Andrey Petrov dare to eat a peach?
 Googler Waxes Poetic About Twitter, the Benjamin Button of Startups

Mr. Petrov (Photo: G+)

Tech writing can sometimes lack a certain je ne sais quois. Pumped with technical jargon like so many steroids pulsing through the blood of Lance Armstrong, it can be difficult to make product reviews and spec reports as moving as a piece of literature.

But goddammit if Googler Andrey Petrov isn’t going to try.

On his Google+ page, Mr. Petrov–a software engineer at the GOOG–penned a heartfelt ode to the rise and fall of the mighty Twitter. What might become of a once-great startup that turned a blind eye to the suffering of its outside developers, allowing the very API lifeblood they require to survive to dry up like a rain drop on hot summer pavement?

Mr. Petrov knows. Relax, pull up a chair beside the fireplace and allow him to regale you.

“Twitter is the Benjamin Button of startups,” he opines. (*pause for snaps of approval*)

Oh, but there is more. There is so, so much more:

Born out of wisdom and insight in our daily social behaviour, completely changing the way we communicate. Soon grown into a heroic Atlas, holding up the world of third-party developers on its shoulders, thriving as the platform rises along with thousands of apps and services transforming the experience. Dusk approaches when Twitter sheds its desire to leave a mark on humanity and finds itself destined to die as a single-feature web-based MVP. A sparkle in a developer’s eye.

Oh Twitter, surely the Second Coming is at hand?

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