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November 7th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Behind-the-scenes drama at Twitter

Twitter is only seven years old, founded in 2006. But there has already been enough behind-the-scenes backstabbing at the company, particularly with its founders, to fill an entire season of "Days of Our Lives."

Twitter made its New York Stock Exchange debut Thursday, its closing price was $44.90 a share, well above its initial public offering at $26.

The company's founders "are going to be worth hundreds of millions, or a billion dollars," said New York Times columnist Nick Bilton, author of "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal."

"They actually doubled their worth today, some of them that were worth a billion are now worth two billion," added Bilton.

Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Noah Glass and Jack Dorsey were present at the beginning of Twitter. It was a rocky start at the launch, and when it came time to figure out who was the best person to run the company, things got nasty.

"They all went to San Francisco, to Silicon Valley in search of what we call the modern day dream, tech money," said Bilton. "They came together and were four very close friends. And they accidentally built Twitter, and as a result, completely tore their friendship apart."

Some of them ended up as billionaires, and some of them ended up with next to nothing, said Bilton.

For more of our interview with author Nick Bilton, check out the video above.

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