Twitter, the world’s biggest microblogging site, was launched on March 21, 2006. In 16 short years, Twitter has become the standard medium for getting information and maintaining connectivity for millions of people. When it comes to starting a national conversation or understanding the pulse of the nation, no other social media comes close to Twitter. Twitter has come a long way, from being a quirky and inconsequential S.M.S. broadcasting app to becoming a social media giant. So, start tweeting as we come together to celebrate the birth of this social media movement.
History of Twitter Day
On March 21, 2006, a humble group of tech graduates embarked on a journey that changed the world of communication as we know it. Twitter was birthed in the spare office of a small podcasting startup, Odeo, in San Fransisco, California. The social media giant was initially tested as a mass S.M.S. product. It was very simple. Have a thought you want to share with multiple people? Just type it as an S.M.S., send it to 40404, and the service would forward the message to all your friends. In 2006, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass, had nothing to their names, not even the domain name twitter.com. Fast forward to 2022, each of them is a billionaire with several other projects and accomplishments under their belt, and Twitter has approx. 300 million active monthly users.
Twitter’s slow evolution from an S.M.S. service to a means of mass communication is one of the most fascinating tales of the 21st century. The ultimate upholder of free speech, Twitter is the marketplace for free ideas where thoughts compete. While we revel in the many gifts of this platform, it goes without saying that it has its demons. From rampant unverifiable information to harassment campaigns against minorities, Twitter continues to pose the question: Does the good outweigh the harm?
From entertainment to politics, Twitter drives the conversation in all major spheres of public discourse. In times of major events such as national elections or a once-in-a-century pandemic, Twitter has been an oasis of connectivity. Now turning 16, Twitter has dusted off its contemporaries such as MySpace and Orkut and enjoys remarkable longevity for a social media app. On March 21, we celebrate the birthday of America’s favorite pastime and take a pledge to never stop tweeting.
Twitter Day timeline
Founder Jack Dorsey sends his first tweet and sets Twitter (then known as TWTTR) in motion.
Dorsey presents Twitter’s initial prototype to the public for the first time.
Twitter sets a record for the highest number of tweets sent per second, totaling 143,199.
Twitter celebrates its 16th birthday with grandeur, filing $3.7 billion in revenue.
Twitter Day FAQs
Can I tweet without having an account?
No. You can browse Twitter without an account but tweeting and engaging with other tweets can only be done with one.
What is the original name of Twitter?
Twttr was the initial project name. It was conceptualized by cofounder Noah Glass to display the short and adaptable nature of tweets to fit the limited-space S.M.S. services.
Who invented Twitter?
Twitter was founded by four American entrepreneurs, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Noah Glass, and Biz Stone, in March 2006.
Twitter Day Activities
Share a tweet
On March 22, 2006, a day after the official creation of the platform, former CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted “just setting up my twttr,” and lit the engines of the most transformative social media platform in the world. Celebrate Twitter’s birthday by tweeting the exact same thing!
Find your community
Sharing your thoughts relieves anxiety and brings people together. The main goal behind Twitter is the ability to do this with multiple people at once. On Twitter Day, find your community and share everyday banter with them.
Fight the misinformation
The biggest threat to Twitter’s free speech policy is the rampant misinformation enabled through the platform. On its birthday, vow to strike down falsehoods with truth, and combat the rise of hate speech through messages of unity and positivity.
Why We Love
Millennial all the way
Approximately 39% of the Twitter user base is from the 24 to 35-year age group, making it a Millennial-majority platform.
For the rich?
42% of all Twitter users have a college degree and 41% of them are making over $75,000 a year.
A boy’s club
The platform hinges on male opinion as the gender represents 68.5% of its users.
It’s a newspaper afterall
70% of Twitter users treat the platform as their primary source of information.
Half a billion daily thoughts
More than 650 million tweets are shared every day, which racks up to 200 billion tweets in a year.
Why We Love Twitter Day
Twitter builds bridges
The magic of Twitter is access to people’s thoughts. Before social media, only select people with the means could share their thoughts with millions of other people. Twitter enables a person sitting in Utah, U.S., to read the everyday thoughts of a pub owner in London.
A gateway to information
Twitter has largely replaced traditional news media among its users. From breaking news in Baghdad to the ongoing impeachment trial of South Korea’s ex-president, Twitter is a source of first-hand, unbiased reporting from every corner of the world.
Equal opportunity for all
Anyone can go viral and build a following for themselves on Twitter, which can later translate into lucrative career opportunities. It’s a great platform to find your tribe and build a community of like-minded people, and the algorithm simply doesn’t discriminate.
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