When Twitter Met Facebook: Jerks, Nerds, and Vulcans

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Biz Stone's hair: awkward or jerky? Photo: Getty Images

At first we thought this was going to be yet another anecdote in which Mark Zuckerberg comes off looking, at very best, very awkward. The setup is all there: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone explains that during a meeting with the Facebook exec in 2008, "every joke I said landed like a dead fish on the ground." Interviewer Peter Sagal tosses what he must have thought was a nerd-friendly metaphor Stone's way:


Sagal: He just stared at you like a Vulcan.

Stone: Yeah.

Then Stone has a good laugh at Zuckerberg's lack of listening comprehension.

Stone: Ev [Williams, Twitter co-founder] said, oh, do you want me to close the door or leave it open? And Zuckerberg said, “yes.”

So Ev said, oh, well I guess I’ll just close it this much.

But then Stone explains that Zuckerberg takes the Twitter pair to the Facebook cafeteria and has the gall to ask them to wait in line — he doesn't push to the front. They leave, since "we don’t like to be queued up.” And suddenly, the story is one about a jerk mocking a nerd.

We don't like it when you make us too self-aware, Stone. Nice hair, by the way.

Twitter’s Biz Stone on an awkward meeting with Mark Zuckerberg [Next Web]