Twitter co-founder and former CEO Evan Williams has decided to step down from the board. Photo: AFP / Fabrice Coffrini

It could have been a tweet, but it was just a tad long. Evan Williams, the co-founder and one-time CEO at Twitter, has announced he is stepping down from the board to focus on “other projects.”

Williams will depart the messaging service giant at the end of this month, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

“It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company,” he said in the filing.

“I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects.”

Williams started to curb his involvement in Twitter eight years ago, creating the popular online publishing platform Medium.

He then ceded his role as CEO to Dick Costolo in 2010. Co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as Twitter chief in 2015, having held the position when the startup was nascent.

Global player

Dorsey said in a Tweet that Williams was the reason he joined startup Odeo, which led to him, Williams and Biz Stone creating Twitter, which is based in San Francisco.

“I appreciate you, Ev!” Dorsey tweeted on Friday.

“We’re going to miss your voice in our board conversations.”

Twitter has become a high-profile, and sometimes controversial, global player in the online communication sector since it was launched in March of 2006.

“Thank you, @jack and @biz for starting this crazy company with me—and continuing to make it better and better,” Williams tweeted.

“I’m going to ride off into the sunset (or…down Market Street), so I can focus on some other things.”

– reporting by AFP

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