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Twitter Turns 5 Years Old

Twitter Turns 5 Years Old


Friday, July 15th marked the 5th anniversary of Twitter. Twitter was produced by Jack Dorsey and its first day live on July 15, 2006 was marked by 224 tweets. Five years later, users around the world post more than 200 million tweets a day.

Twitter defines itself as a “social networking and microblogging service,” and over the past five years it has begun to approach Facebook‘s level of popularity, with an estimated 200 million users to Facebook’s 750 million users. The sites are not in direct competition because of the different services they offer and many people utilize both their Facebook and Twitter accounts on  daily basis.

According to this article, Twitter revealed that yesterday they “saw more than 600,000 signups. It took us more than *16 months* to reach the first 600,000 Twitter accounts.”

Many Twitter users depend on the website to receive news updates by following networks such as CNN and Fox. Others receive information from favorite celebrities and many use Twitter to keep up with what their friends are doing hour-by-hour in 140-character updates, or “tweets.”

According to the company, “Using Twitter helped a homeless man reunite with his daughter, sent two Cincinnati Reds fan to spring training on a players’ dime, and even helped residents of a small city in Korea find fresh water after its supply was cut off.”

It is clear that the internet has become invaluable as a way of sharing information, keeping in touch, and expressing personal opinions. People have developed meaningful relationships and started movements to change the world, all online.

There are now countless blog platforms and social networking websites for users to choose from, including Myspace, Tumblr, Blogspot, Friendster and LinkedIn. Some sites are geared towards professional use, while others are purely for fun. Whatever type of online presence you are looking to build, there is a website out there for you.


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12:02AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

I'm not a tweeter personally...

6:37PM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

Like anything in life there is positive things and negative things about Twitter.I personally love it.

1:56PM PDT on Jul 19, 2011

wow, the first ever wasted article. I have as much interest in knowing how old twitter is as I do what time Paris Hilton goes to the crapper....which I'm sure you can find on twitter.

Twitter...yet another regularly scheduled distraction while the elite carve up the country for themselves.

8:48PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Really? 5 already, kindergarten this year?? oh wait, Twitter isn't human, or is it??? I have never tweeted,but have lots of birds outsied doing it right now!! tweet, tweet

4:50PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Although I recognize its' utility for code speach/rapid communication among pro democratic movements across the world, Twiter is generally a testament to mediocrity, shallow thinking and improperly abbreviated analysis or comment on just about any subject or event. Lack of depth in thinking is just what our corporate predators want from us.

11:26AM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Wow! That means I've managed to go 5 years without signing up for it, wonder if I can go another 5...

8:53AM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

I've never Twatted!

7:05AM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Really? Who cares?

6:06AM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Happy birthday.

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