Facts about Twitter

  • Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 and launched in July 2006.
  • Twitter’s origins lie in a “daylong brainstorming session” held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo.
  • Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but the limit was doubled to 280 for non-CJK (Non Chinese, Japanese and Korean) languages in November 2017.
  • Audio and video tweets remain limited to 140 seconds for most accounts.
  • Twitter is described as “the SMS of the Internet”.
  • t.co is a URL shortening service created by Twitter.
  • Twitter has been used for a variety of purposes in many industries and scenarios. For example, it has been used to organize protests, sometimes referred to as “Twitter Revolutions”
  • The oldest Twitter accounts are 14 accounts that became active on March 21, 2006, all belonging to Twitter employees at the time and including @jack (Jack Dorsey), @biz (Biz Stone), and @noah (Noah Glass).

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