The History of Twitter: Establishment and Journey

Twitter is an online microblogging service for distributing short messages among groups of recipients. It incorporates aspects of social networking web sites like Facebook, with instant messaging technologies to create networks of users who can communicate throughout the day with brief messages.

History of Twitter

Twitter began as an idea that Jack Dorsett, the co-founder of Twitter had in 2006. Initially, Dorsey had taken Twitter as-an SMS-based communication tool. With it, groups of friends could stay connected with each other and share what they were doing.

In a brainstorming session at the podcasting company Odeo, Jack Dorsey presented this SMS-based platform to the co-founder of Odeo, Even Williams. Evan and his partner allowed Jack to spend more time on the project and develop it further.

Twitter was created using Ruby on Rails; it is a specialized web application framework for the Ruby computer programming language. What is unique about its interface, it allows open adaptation and integration with other online services.

In its early days, Twitter was referred to as twttr. Noah Glass, a software developer is credited to come up with the original name twttr and its final incarnation as Twitter.

Twitter Timeline

Here is some of what you need to know to understand the entire journey of Twitter, where it was and where it is today:

  • February 2006: Jack Dorsey and Noah Glass were in discussion to come up with a platform where one can send text messages that updates other people about his or activity. The concept is then discussed among Williams, Stone and Glass.
  • July 2006: The team get motivated by increasing workplace tension and the support of Dorsey, Williams fires Glass.
  • October 2006: the company pivots into Twitter, Dorsey, Stone, and William acquire the majority of assets from Odeo’s investors and shareholders.
  • March 2007: Twitter makes its first achievement after winning the best started at South by Southwest
  • April 2007: Twitter became its own company officially and Jack Dorsey appointed as the CEO of the company
  • June 2007: The Company received its first round of funding; it raised $5 million and getting a valuation of $20 million
  • August 2007: The concept of hashtags “#” introduced by user Chris Messina
  • October 2008: Jack Dorsey had been removed from his position as the CEO and Evan Williams replaced him
  • April 2009: Evan Williams and Biz Stone were listed under Time’s 100 most influential people in the world
  • April 2010: Twitter announced to use the platform for advertising creating its first clear avenue for consistent profitability and encourages people to use promoted tweets for promotion
  • October 2010: Evan Williams had been removed as CEO and Dick Costelo replaced him\
  • June 2011: Biz Stone, the Cofounder of Twitter announced his departure from a day-to-day role at the company
  • September 2011: Twitter reaches 100 million users
  • December 2011: the platform made changes in profile and timeline section, added Home, Connect and Discover Taps
  • June 2012: It modified its logo, removed team to make the slightly redesigned blue bird its symbol
  • December 2012: Twitter crossed 200 million monthly active users
  • November 2013: The Company released its IPO, starting with a valuation of $31 billion
  • December 2014: It came up with advanced anti-harassment tools and also made accouchement that more effort will be put towards curbing online abuse
  • January 2015: Twitter acquired ZipDial and also introduced a feature- While you were away
  • March 2015: It introduced a new feature called Quality Filter for iOS users to block bullying tweets from their feed
  • April 2015: The shares of Twitter fall by 18% and next month Google added tweets to its search results
  • June 2015: Jack Dorsey became the CEO by replacing Dick Costolo
  • October 2015: Twitter added a new feature called Twitter Moments and next month it replaced the favourite button and star symbol with a like button and a heart symbol
  • October 2016: It laid off about 9% of its workforce, eliminating 350 jobs and also discontinued the Vine app
  • January 2017: Twitter removed the Twitter dashboard feature and also replaced the Moments tab with the Explore tab
  • November 2018: The platform expanded the word count from 140 to 280
  • February 2019: It replaced declining monthly active users metric with monetizable daily active users count

 This is the all about the inception story and the journey of Twitter, how it get started and reached where it is today. Hope, you found this post interesting.

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