Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Twitter Now 5 Years Old

Twitter reaches its fifth birthday on March 21. It has come a long way since co-founder Jack Dorsey posted the first tweet on March 21, 2006.

Twitter users now send more than 140 million 140-characters-or-fewer tweets a day, which adds up to a billion Tweets every eight days, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote in a blog post.

Twitter has been seen as an influential source of up-to the minute news in a world of 24 hour news updates. The growth of the social networking tool has been prevalent in a series of high-profile stories from the student tuition fee protests to the recent earthquake in Japan.

To celebrate its birthday, Twitter has set up a new Web site called Discover Twitter, which tries to showcase how people have grown to use the service, including a number of well-known celebrities and government leaders.


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