Twitter

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May 19, 2022

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows users to post short posts or messages to each other (as plain text, up to 280 characters in length) via SMS, the Twitter website, instant messaging applications, and other Twitter APIs. programs (such as Tritterrific) or web services (such as Netvibes). Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams. Twitter Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco and has more than 35 offices worldwide. 328 million active users use the network's services every month. Due to its great popularity, the organization began to develop rapidly. In 2013, it was one of the most visited websites. In April 2022, Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX and Tesla, bought the platform after becoming its largest shareholder a month earlier.

History

Twitter started as a research and development project at Odeon, founded by Noah Glass and Jack Dorsey and then debuted in March 2006. The name means bird chirping or consecutive fast sounds. Dorsey says it perfectly describes the purpose of their project. The first message was “just setting up my twttr”. In the early stages of the project, the letter combination twttr was used, modeled on the then popular Flickr website, and the domain called twitter.com was already occupied at the time. The year after the successful launch, the domain was purchased, so the name changed to Twitter, which is still in use today. The Twitter team won the 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) Web Award in the blog category. Upon receiving the award, the following player gave a thank you speech: “We’d like to thank you in 140 characters or less. And we just did! ” ("We want to thank you in 140 characters or less. And we did!" - Referring to the length of the largest message that can be sent). The first extraterrestrial Twitter message was sent from the International Space Station in 2010. The number of Twitter users has risen sharply. By 2009, it was ranked as the third most visited social network. In 2011, users shared an average of 140 million messages sent per day. Messages shared on Twitter are tweets. Most tweets come on outstanding occasions like football world cups, basketball leagues, U.S. presidential elections, but shocking events are also spreading fast on Twitter, e.g. The death of Michael Jackson, after which the servers kept shutting down due to the huge load. 100,000 posts per hour were posted on the website. The huge popularity of Twitter is also due to the timely development of the Twitter API by developers. So a lot of new developments and mash-ups have been released to suit the needs of the users. For example, the filter for Hungarian users and writers in Hungarian, although Turulcsirip has now been discontinued, or Yamm, which also displays Hungarian trends.

Logo

Twitter has become famous for its blue bird logo that is still in use today. The logo created when the website was launched was in use for 4 years from 2006 to 2010, with only a slight change, while the site also received a new design. A tweet from an employee revealed that the bird was called Larry. It is named after Larry Bird, a star on the NBA Boston Celtics. In 2012, the third logo design was unveiled, from which the twitter caption disappeared and the mascot bird also got a new look no longer called Larry, but simply Twitter Bird.

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Tweets

Tweets on Twitter