Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world and is now worth over 10 billion dollars. As of 2013, the social network 232 million monthly active users, it is used daily by 100 million people in the U.S. alone and 500 million tweets are sent every day.
It all started in 2006, with three programmers, Jack Dorsey (@jack), Evan Williams (@ev) and Biz Stone (@biz), from the podcasting company called Odeo in San Francisco, California, at a brainstorming session. At first named “Twittr”, the title was inspired by the photo-sharing site, Flickr, the social platform name was rewritten “Twitter” in Fall 2006.
Co-founder Jack Dorsey explained why they have named it “Twitter”:
« …we came across the word “twitter”, and it was just perfect. The definition was “a short burst of inconsequential information,” and “chirps from birds”. And that’s exactly what the product was.»
The project started with Dorsey sending the first message on Twitter on March 21, 2006, at 9:50 pm: “just setting up my twttr“, the tweet read.
Many people, including myself, were curious as why the 140-character limit. Well, the reason is that, in the beginning, the platform was supposed to be a SMS messaging mobile phone-based platform and the number of characters permitted was 160. Also, the founders wanted to leave space for the username.
The famous “@” and “hashtags” weren’t native customs at first, but after most people used them, the Twitter team added the functions as fundamental part of the Twittersphere.
To know more about the notorious social platform, check out the video below, created by the Canadian Montreal-based video platform WatchMojo, where you will learn the fascinating story of Twitter, one tweet at a time.
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