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Twitter co-founder on perseverance, success

Biz Stone spoke to the Money Show about the popular microblogging site.

A banner with the logo of Twitter is set on the front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The co-founder of Twitter on Thursday described how he persevered after failing a number of times until creating Twitter.

The microblogging site is used by millions around the world.

Speaking to the Money Show on Thursday evening, Biz Stone said it was only later on that they developed the idea of Twitter.

Stone said he and his partner, Jack Dorsey, were asked to develop something different.

"I'm fond of saying 10 years and a lot of hard work will make you look like an overnight success. It took a long time and struggle to get Twitter to where it is today."

Stone was asked about the 140 character limit.

"We were experimenting with text messaging, as in the US, at the time text messaging was getting popular."