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The co-founder of social networking site Twitter is standing1 down as its chief executive.


Evan Williams has been the chief executive of Twitter for the last two years
Evan Williams has been the chief executive of Twitter for the last two years

Evan Williams, who has headed the company since 2008, is being replaced to allow him to focus on ways of making Twitter more profitable.

Announcing the decision on Twitter's blog, Mr Williams said Twitter needed to "meet its potential as a profitable company".

He will be replaced by the current chief operating officer(首席运营官) , Dick Costolo.

Twitter has grown dramatically in recent years, with user numbers now topping 160 million, compared with three million two years ago.

But Mr Williams said that in order to continue to be successful, the company now needed to start converting that growth into profit.

"Growing big is not success in itself," he said.

'Important transition'

"Success to us means meeting our potential as a profitable company that can retain(保持) its culture and user focus while having a positive impact on the world. This is no small task.

"This is why I have decided2 to ask our COO, Dick Costolo, to become Twitter's CEO. Starting today, I'll be completely focused on product strategy."

Mr Williams is the second of Twitter's founders3 to have served as chief executive, having taken over from Jack4 Dorsey in 2007 when he moved to become the company's chairman.

The BBC's technology correspondent in Silicon5 Valley, Maggie Shiels, said the handover marked a "very important transition(过渡,转变) " for Twitter.

"The announcement shows this is a company that is about to get really serious about making money... something they have tiptoed around for some time," she said.

"This is about turning Twitter from a communications platform into an advertising6 platform and a real money-making business.

"That means it will be able to fight off being acquired by the likes of Google and also challenge the search giant for lucrative7(赚钱的,合算的) ad dollars."


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  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
2 decided lvqzZd     
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  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
3 founders 863257b2606659efe292a0bf3114782c     
n.创始人( founder的名词复数 )
  • He was one of the founders of the university's medical faculty. 他是该大学医学院的创建人之一。 来自辞典例句
  • The founders of our religion made this a cornerstone of morality. 我们宗教的创始人把这看作是道德的基石。 来自辞典例句
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  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
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  • This company pioneered the use of silicon chip.这家公司开创了使用硅片的方法。
  • A chip is a piece of silicon about the size of a postage stamp.芯片就是一枚邮票大小的硅片。
6 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.广告业;广告活动 a.广告的;广告业务的
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指点我如何涉足广告业吗?
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7 lucrative dADxp     
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  • It was not a lucrative profession.那是一个没有多少油水的职业。
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