Happy Birthday Twitter!! - Teckeela

Mar 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Twitter!!

twitter (noun): The sound of a succession of chirps as uttered by birds.
twitter (verb): 
  1. (intransitive) To utter a succession of bird's chirps.
  2. (intransitive) (of a person) To talk in an excited or nervous manner.
  3. (neologism, Internet) To use the microblogging service Twitter.
For us, the last meaning of the word "twitter" makes most sense, doesn't it?

Exactly 5 years ago March 21 2006, Jack Dorsey, the chairman of Twitter posted the very first tweet, it read:  "just setting up my twttr"

Here's the story of how the small wonder grew big:
While sitting in a park on a children’s slide, Jack Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group. The first Twitter prototype was used as an internal service for Odeo employees and the full version was introduced publicly on July 15, 2006. 

The tipping point for Twitter's popularity was the 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. During the event, Twitter usage increased from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000. Twitter is ranked as one of the ten-most-visited websites worldwide by Alexa's web traffic analysis.

The company experienced rapid growth. It had 400,000 tweets posted per quarter in 2007. As of June 2010, about 65 million tweets were posted each day, equaling about 750 tweets sent each second, according to Twitter. When American singer Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, company servers crashed after users were updating their status to include the words "Michael Jackson" at a rate of 100,000 tweets per hour.

In the year 2009, rumors spread that Google wanted to acquire Twitter but Sergey Brin denied the reports later that year. The truth is anyone's guess. 

From September through October 2010, the company began rolling out "New Twitter", an entirely revamped edition of twitter.com. Changes included the ability to see pictures and videos without leaving Twitter. Here's the promotional video that showed up on the NewTwitter

Source: Wikipedia

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