Jack Dorsey’s Return To Twitter Elicits Mixed Reactions

Jack Dorsey is one of the most eccentric corporate figures in the United States. And on Thursday, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter was announced to take over the helms of the social media giant after Dick Costolo resigned. Costolo said the following in his resignation statement.

“I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the company. We have great leaders who work well together and a clear strategy that informs our objectives and priorities… I am deeply appreciative of the confidence the board, the management team and the employees have placed in me over the years, and I look forward to supporting Twitter however I can go forward.”

That said, Jack Dorsey returned to Twitter on Thursday as the interim CEO, donning his headline-making beard. Speaking of his infamous beard, it has garnered so much attention that it now has its own parody Twitter handle (@DorseysBeard).

He was glad to be back, according to his statement on USA Today.

“My focus and the reason I am so excited about stepping into the role as interim CEO is that I do believe we have what we need in our strategy and our direction and most importantly in our team and leadership to continue that momentum around new products and initiatives and facilitate a smooth transition as the board conducts the search for a new CEO.”

That said, Jack Dorsey was the first person in the world to post a tweet on the platform and that was in 2006. As such, Jack Dorsey is no doubt a legendary figure in the tech world. Among his accomplishments in the company, Jack Dorsey is credited as being a great product visionary while he was head honcho, and one of the current Twitter elements credited to him is the ability to embed tweets.

While he may be seen by some of the new staff at Twitter to be what the company needs, Jack Dorsey is said to have created an atmosphere of paranoia and secrecy during his previous term as CEO, according to the New York Times. Jack Dorsey is also said to have fired numerous product managers. As such, Jack Dorsey’s new status is bound to send shivers down the spines of some of the employees if he ends up staying for the long term.

However, as for having a permanent position in the company, Jack Dorsey is not too keen on it.

“That is not something I am thinking about at all. I have enough to focus on right now. I want to make sure that Twitter continues to perform and Square continues to perform and continue along both of their momentum that they have demonstrated for some time now.”

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