It was on March 21, 2006 that Jack Dorsey made his first tweet on “twittr”. What followed later revolutionized the way our digital world communicates with each other in 140 words. From “Obama’s second term” and “Je Suis Charlie” to live tweets on Osama Bin Laden raid Twitter has become the voice of the people, a 24/7 micro-blogging/news platform.
There are lot of people who read their Twitter feeds rather than newspapers to get a daily dose of information. It is also a brilliant platform to market products, to get the word out. Twitter has brought the fans and celebs closer than ever.
Keeping its benefits in mind, here’s how Twitter has evolved in the last 10 years:
1. It Was An SMS Aimed Product:
It was initially launched to help users stay in touch with their friends. Twitter’s UI looked a lot like Orkut. Don’t you think? Its homepage was also pretty simple and used green as its primary colour.
2. It Popularized Hashtags:
Integrating hashtags was never a plan for the Twitter management. The outbreak happened when former Google designer Chris Messina tweeted with one hashtag in 2007, and since then, tweeting without hashtags is next to impossible!
3. Retweets Are More Popular:
How many times do you actually write and tweet? Hardly, right? But if you go and see your timeline, you will find that most of the activity is because you retweeted way too much. Hey, but RTs are more popular than sharing on Facebook!
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4. Acknowledgement Of Third-Party Applications:
Tweet Deck and Hoot Suite are two major online software that offer a perfect answer to Facebook’s schedule feature. For marketer’s especially, these applications are a boon. So you see, Twitter is a pretty flexible app!
5. Tweet In More Than 140 Words:
The team is already is making changes to the platform to allow its users to tweet for full 140 words. This means that @names won’t eat up the word limit anymore. Besides, the user will be able to RT his or her own tweets and quote self! Brilliant.
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Today, Twitter has more than 320 million active users on a monthly basis. If you want to know what’s happening right now, then get on this platform ASAP. And yes, we sincerely believe Twitter is for the long haul and soon, we will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! What are your thoughts?