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Happy Birthday Twitter!

 

On March 21st, 2006, founder Jack Dorsey tweeted the first ever tweet on Twitter (back then called “twttr”). It’s hard to believe that Twitter is now celebrating six years.  Since its inception, the service has quickly become a favored short messaging social networking tool by limiting its users to a mere 140 characters which often cause grammar crimes and English majors and professors to grimace.

With over 500 million users, Twitter is one of the fastest growing social networks and allows you to have multiple conversations, engage with brands, and keep up with your favorite celebs. Since the first tweet, it took Twitter 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day to reach the first billion tweets and it took 18 months for the first 500,000 users to sign up. It is now estimated that 500 million users utilize the network today.

Water cooler events like the Super Bowl or the Grammys cause spikes in Twitter activity and Twitter has reported seeing 250 million tweets a day. Twitter hash tags and trends are seen in normal conversation and often at the bottom of your favorite TV show. Twitter has come a long way since 2006 and the company has taken notice and thought of ways to derive revenue from all this activity and buzz online.  You may soon start to see more ads pop up in your timeline and recently Twitter acquired the popular blog software, Posterous.

Next to Google+ and Facebook, Twitter is my favorite social networking tool and today, we raise our glass and send cheers to Twitter, wish them a very Happy Birthday, lots of success, and many more years to come.  Are you on Twitter? Do you remember your first tweet?

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