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.