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Just last week, Twitter cofounders Ev Williams and Jack Dorsey had dinner together—and exchanged friendly tweets about the menu at Aziza, a Moroccan restaurant in San Francisco.If there ever was a time when you should care about someone tweeting what they had for dinner, this is it.
That’s because Dorsey and Williams, last we heard, were barely speaking on terms.
Williams, after all, ousted Dorsey as Twitter’s CEO in 2008 and replaced him.
“It was like being punched in the stomach,” Dorsey told writer David Kirkpatrick.
Dorsey dramatically returned to Twitter in the fall of 2010 as executive chairman and de facto head of product, after Williams stepped down as CEO. (COO Dick Costolo replaced Williams.) At the time, we heard Williams wasn’t pleased with Dorsey’s return.
There have been earlier signs of a rapprochement. Dorsey and Williams agreed to appear together in a photo shoot last year for Condé Nast traveller. (Williams, once the star founder, barely rated a mention in the writeup.)
Perhaps time—and Twitter’s quiet business success—has healed the relationship’s wounds.
And perhaps it helps that the two aren’t jockeying for control over Twitter, now solidly in Costolo’s hands.
Dorsey’s focus now seems to be on his job as CEO of Square, his payments startup, and one source familiar with Twitter’s inner workings told us he thought Dorsey had pulled back some on his day-to-day involvement at Twitter.
Then again, we recently spotted Dorsey meeting with new Twitter communications chief Gabriel Stricker at a high-end tea shop in SoMa—which hardly suggests the famously workaholic Dorsey has flown the nest.