One of the more confusing pieces of tech news in the past few months was the announcement that Twitter creator Jack Dorsey (pictured) was returning to the company to lead its product team. That seems a bit overwhelming, since Dorsey is still chief executive of his new mobile payments company Square, but Twitter vice president of engineering Michael Abbott emphasized today that from his perspective, Dorsey is “full-time on the product side.”
Abbott was speaking at VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit in Sausalito, Calif., where Editor-in-Chief Matt Marshall asked about a recent Fortune cover story suggesting that Twitter still hasn’t figured out “what it wants to be when it grows up.” Fortune also implied that Dorsey may not be the company’s savior, since he “views his involvement with Twitter as short term.”
Not surprisingly, Abbott didn’t talk about some of the bigger and more sensitive criticisms in the article, but he did address Dorsey’s involvement. Abbott said that when he describes Dorsey as full-time, he means that Dorsey is “at the company every day” and that if Abbott needs to reach him, even if it’s late at night, Dorsey is available.
So how does Dorsey balance that with leading Square? Abbott said, “How he manages his time is his call.”