Kara Swisher

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Hey @DickC: How I Spent My Night Before the Twitter IPO


Okay, I was bored with all these inane price news updates on Twitter’s IPO tomorrow — Is is $24? Is it $25? No, $26! — as if the fate of the Internet world depended on it.

And I was tiring of reading debates over whither the social microblogging post-offering, and the how-in-the-world-could-it-do-well-without-profits hand-wringing. (Twitter, meet Amazon!)

And I could not endure any more about the co-founders fighting as if this were a geek version of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” (That said, co-founder Jack Dorsey is totes Kim.)

So I decided to pen a series of fictional (and hopefully funny) tweets to CEO Dick Costolo, with whom I have had many entertaining interviews, hysterical emails and enjoyable conversations over the years, because he likes a good joke.

I was riffing off the fantastic “Hey Girl”/Ryan Gosling meme on Tumblr.

Some on Twitter definitely enjoyed my tweets, some thought my account had been hacked (nope!), and some thought me drunk (no, sadly, I never imbibe). And some tsk-tskers did not like my humor at all, which is the price of doing business on my favorite Internet medium until Instagram arrived (now I love them both equally, just like my kids).

By the way, I did a similar thing around the Facebook IPO filing, in a 2012 piece titled: “Go the F**k Back to Sleep, Silicon Valley: Facebook IPO Likely to File Later Today at Earliest.”

Now I need to take my own advice.

But if you are still up waiting for the IPO and you care to read them, here are the tweets, in order:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik