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The History Of Twitter

Posted by: on Mar 27, 2015 | No Comments

Twitter, one of the major leading social websites used by people all over the world, has a very interesting history. Twitter emerged as a result of a side-project of a group of friends, who wanted to do something creative in their free time. Astonishingly, within five years of its creation, Twitter has become one of the leading communication technologies in the past 10 years.  The idea of Twitter was given by Jack Dorsey in 2006, who wanted to set up an SMS-Based platform where a group of friends would be able to keep updated on what everyone in a certain group is doing. He imagined it like a group of friends texting each other, without really texting. Jack Dorsey proposed this idea to Even Williams, who was the co-founder of Odeo, and he along with Biz Stone gave Dorsey the queue to further develop his idea. Hence Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone were the major players in laying the foundation of this website.

The first tweet on the official Twitter (originally named ‘Twttr’) was from Jack and it read, “Just setting up my twttr”. Twitter reached amazing growth heights during 2007. The “2007 South By Southwest Interactive conference” portrayed the Twitter usage at its maximum. Approximately sixty thousand tweets were sent each day during the event. However, growing at such a fast pace wasn’t easy for Twitter. The user base grew at unexpectedly high rates and the service faced frequent over-capacity problems which were overcome in time.  A valid question that comes into most users’ mind is how Twitter decided on setting up the 140 character limit. Since Twitter was originally meant to be an SMS mobile-phone based communicator platform and Mobile carriers imposed a 140 character limit on all text messages, that’s why the same limit was adopted by Twitter. Twitter grew to become a web platform but the initial character limit thankfully remained.


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The hashtags and “@” symbol to acknowledge each other was a result of user innovation that created these out of necessity. The ‘Retweets’ were created the same way, as a result of user demand who wanted to share their friend’s messages while giving them credit for it. Within six years of its creation, Twitter has grown enough to have over 200 million active monthly users. Jack Dorsey was recently awarded the patent that he had signed up for in 2007, to secure Twitter as a World Wide Web communication platform.

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