While almost everyone seems to be busy tweeting, not too many know about the actual story behind the birth of Twitter. Now, no points for guessing who the founder is! Mr. Jack Dorsey, in case you didn’t know. But, there seems to be a lot more to the story. So, how did the ‘Tweet Revolution’ actually begin.
Dorsey then an undergraduate from the New York University decided to come up with an SMS service that will help individuals to communicate with a small-sized group. The project was initially named as ‘twttr’ but soon got its name that we know of today. Dorsey and his team started working on the project in March 2006.
Twitter is a social networking and a microblogging website that allows you to post tweets not more than 140 characters long. Those subscribing to your tweets become your followers. Though the tweets are publicly visible, you can restrict the visibility of the post only to your followers.
The website allows you to group your posts together by type or topic using hashtags. Hashtags are phrases or words preffixed with a “#” symbol. Clicking on a hashtag will display all the tweets marked with that particular hashtag. Similarly, the ‘@’ symbol is used while replying to another user. The twitter’s retweet feature allows you to post someone else’s tweet. At times some also type RT at the beginning of a tweet. This indicates that the post is actually a retweet.
In 2010, Twitter underwent and massive makeover, which introduced a few brand new features that allowed users to view pictures and videos without leaving the website by just clicking on tweets containing links to an image or a video uploaded on an external website such as Flickr or Youtube.
Not many are aware of the URL shortening service used by Twitter called t.co. The service is known to protect users from malicious websites and also tracks the number of clicks a link receives. Earlier Twitter had been using third party URL shortening services like bit.ly and TinyURL. However, in March 2010, it started working on developing its own URL shortening service using the twt.tl domain. Initially, the service was only restricted to private messaging. In June 2011, Twitter announced that it will make the service available to the general public.
No doubt, you may come across a million critics trying to gain some unwanted attention by targeting the social networking giant in a thousand different ways. But, all of this only seems to be further adding up to the website’s popularity. Well, if tweeting is what you love, you definitely don’t have to worry about who’s talking what. So, no matter where you are, what you do, where you come from, just keep on tweeting and enjoy.