Monday, March 26, 2012

Twitter Celebrates Its Birthday

On Wednesday, March 21 it was Twitter’s birthday. The micro-blogging site has just turned six years old, and a mere six years after its birth, Twitter announced on its blog that it now has more than 140 million users.

The blog also made sure to mention that the site sees more than 340 million tweets per day, which is more than 1 billion tweets in only three days.

It was on March 21, 2006 that Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey posted the very first tweet on the site. He wrote, “Just setting up my twttr.”

During this early point in Twitter’s life, it wasn’t a whole lot more than a vision of Dorsey’s. Twitter was first conceptualized on a piece of notebook paper, but since then, the site has exploded and become one of the most popular social media sites around.

“When @jack first sketched out his notion in March 2006, no one could have predicted the trajectory of this new communication tool. Now it seems that there are as many ways to express yourself in 140 characters as there are people doing it,” the blog post said.

"Without you, of course, there wouldn't be a Twitter," it continued. "We mark our sixth birthday with you in mind, and celebrate your myriad ways of engaging, enjoying, and emoting on our platform."

“I'm happy this idea has taken root; I hope it thrives,” Dorsey said.

Back in January, Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo discussed how the company plans to stick around for the long haul and doesn’t currently have any plans of going public.

"We are going to be really patient about the way we build the business," he said. "We are trying to build a decades-long, lasting business."

Sources: PCMag - Twitter Turns Six With 140 Million Active Users and Twitter Blog - Twitter turns six

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