Six years ago, Twitter was born…
Here is a brief history
Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”. It was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched that July.
Twitter’s origins lie in a “daylong brainstorming session” held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo. Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group. The original project code name for the service was twttr, an idea that Williams later ascribed to Noah Glass, inspired by Flickr and the five-character length of American SMS short codes. The developers initially considered “10958” as a short code, but later changed it to “40404” for “ease of use and memorability.” Work on the project started on March 21, 2006, when Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9:50 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST): “just setting up my twttr”.
Right now Twitter has more than 140 million active who send upwards of 340 million tweets each day, the company announced Wednesday on the sixth anniversary of the tweet.
Today, Twitter is looking to move beyond its status as the web’s sounding board and become a viable business with a long and bright future. To that end, the company has made a deliberate push to fatten up its suite of advertising products, and is not only offering advertisers more ways to target Twitterers (especially on mobile) but has also increased the amount of ad content it shows to users on web and mobile.