Nick Bilton’s upcoming book on the history of Twitter has dug up a number of secrets about the platform, including Mark Zuckerberg’s extensive attempts to buy the microblogging platform in 2009. According to an excerpt published in The New York Times Magazine, Steve Ballmer, Mark Zuckerberg and Al Gore all approached former CEO Ev Williams about a possible deal, although Zuckerberg went a step further, attempting to hire co-founder Jack Dorsey after he left the company. The excerpt also reveals a bitter struggle over control of the company and credit as “founder” of the platform. Bilton sheds light on Noah Glass, a co-founder who made crucial early contributions to the platform before being surreptitiously pushed out by Jack Dorsey. Dorsey draws fire for his distracted management style, including taking classes at a local fashion school during his tenure as CEO.