1. This message shows an early concept for what would become the Square card reader -- back when it was called Squirrel and designed to resemble an acorn.
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If you were one of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's 2.1 million followers on Tuesday morning, you would have been treated to an uncharacteristically active stream of tweets from the man some predict will assume Steve Jobs's mantle as the tech world's next symbolic hero.
Dorsey, who also founded the mobile payment service Square, doesn't typically tweet often, so the barrage of updates was somewhat out of character. It was also notable -- in the relative, celebrity-scrutinizing sense of the word -- for its curious tone and varying subject matter. But the posts shed some fascinating light on Square's early history, too.
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Some of Dorsey's tweets were reflective and vaguely emo, commenting on "what could have been" had Square actually been named Squirrel, as originally intended. At least one was pretty braggadocious; it casually mentioned "my third sailboat" with an accompanying photo. And some tweets -- portraits of Gandhi, John Lennon and Jobs, for example, with a side-note about their shared affinity for moustaches and round glasses -- were just random.
The spurt of messages sparked a natural set of questions: What was Dorsey's deal? Why was he feeling so nostalgic? Was he on something? None of the above, actually. A tweet and photo by Square communications staffer Katie Baynes explained that he was just doing some "power tweeting." No big deal.
In all seriousness, though, many of Dorsey's tweets -- as well as some responses -- do tell an interesting story. We've grabbed the best ones, so check out the gallery above for more.
Thumbnail image courtesy @jack
This story originally published on Mashable here.