Twitter has been acquired by Elon Musk in an historical deal. But, do you know how the microblogging service started.
Twitter is one of the world’s most popular social media networks. Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams started Twitter in March 2006, and it launched in July of that year. Twitter, Inc. is based in San Francisco, California, and has over 25 offices across the world.
In early 2006, Dorsey revealed an unique online communication concept with several of his Odeo, a podcasting firm, employees. Dorsey’s concept was a platform that let users to send brief messages to groups of individuals, much like text messaging. The initial version of this platform was known as “twttr,” and it was only utilized by Odeo employees.
Twitter was launched to the public on July 15th, 2006. In the early months, the website received roughly 20,000 tweets each day, but this figure increased to 60,000 in 2007, when Twitter was a prominent issue at the South by Southwest Interactive conference.
Twitter began to gain popularity in the social media realm after gaining so much attention during the South by Southwest Interactive conference. By 2008, the website was receiving 300,000 tweets per day, which had increased to 50 million tweets per day by early 2010. This social networking platform grew popular not only with people who wanted to exchange messages with friends, but it also became one of the simplest methods for businesses to advertise and communicate with their consumers.
Soon after, TV programs and corporations began promoting hashtags and urging customers to incorporate them in their tweets, and Twitter handles soon became a personal and professional identity. Twitter has remained one of the most well-known social media platforms in recent years.
Every day, people and companies utilize this social media site, and over 500 million tweets are posted.
Twitter has evolved into a very valuable tool for businesses of all kinds, allowing them to communicate with consumers, stay current on trends, and promote their content and other website features.
Elon Musk, who says he champions free-speech, became the new owner of Twitter recently. The Tesla Motors CEO acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal.
Musk sacked Twitter executives Parag Agarwal, Vijay Gadde, and CFO Nel Segal after completing the deal. He also dismissed the company’s board of directors and replaced them with himself as the only member. Musk stated that he wants to make Twitter a “free” platform and to collaborate with mankind.
Twitter struck off half of its staff in a dramatic move. The firm’s CEO, Elon Musk, defended the layoffs, claiming that the company saw a “huge reduction” in income as many advertisers withdrew, and claiming that protestors are ‘trying to kill free expression in America.’