Twitter's Birthday: Celebrating five years of tweetastic times #5yrs

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

It was on March 21st, 2006, that the world's first tweet was sent. Tweeted by co-founder Jack Dorsey, it read, "just setting up my twttr." The website was called a fad before it even got popular, and it seemed unable to generate revenue, let alone profit, for some time.

Five years later, tens of billions of tweets have turned Twitter into a world-famous "real-time information network" that is expected to generate $150 million in revenue this year, with valuations for the company as high as $10 billion.

Twitter was a component of Egypt's civil rebellion, and has been a major platform for viral content, including clever marketing campaigns such as Old Spice Guy's. It's also one of the quickest ways to access brand new news and also to distribute such information, allowing users to watch major events unfold by the words of thousands of those involved in the action. Of course, Twitter is also littered with spam, but hey—it is the internet, after all. It's unavoidable. (YouTube, anyone?)

Twitter's real-time, always-on, rapid-fire method of communication and distributing content on a global scale is simple, succinct, and genius. As its founders have observed already, they're "just getting started." I look forward to seeing what the company can accomplish in the next five years.

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Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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