Twitter has been ‘tweeting’ around the world for five years now. The little blue Twitter bird has become a staple icon in the world of social media. Twitter got its start in a brainstorming session of a podcasting company called Odeo in San Francisco. Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, and Biz Stone. Odeo needed a way to be saved and the idea was to reinvent the way we communicate. Jack Dorsey had a vision that would allow users to use 140 characters or less to send out information via text message. It started out as twttr, inspired by the photo sharing service Flickr. This phenomenon that would reshape our lives launched in March of 2006 when Jack Dorsey posted the first tweet “just setting up my twttr”.
Accounts were created and twttr had 100 users. Soon after Twitter exploded into a micro-blogging movement that was made into its own company in 2007. Soon after, people from all walks of life, celebrities, and even Obama were becoming encompassed in the world of Twitter. That 100 users that first started using Twitter became 200 million at the end of 2010 and has continued to grow since then.
In the five years that Twitter has existed they have won awards, launched in different languages, partnered with LinkedIn, and has made a major impact in social media upon many other feats. According to the Huffington Post, Twitter now handles about 140 million tweets per day and a billion tweets per week. Twitter will continue to grow and be the place for users to unleash 140 characters of anything imaginable, as well as be a place for businesses to grow and market their brand.