On March 21 2006, Jack Dorsey sent out the first Tweet that read, "just setting up my Twttr." Seven years later, Twitter has filed its S-1 to take the company public, hoping to raise $1 billion from the market. Twitter has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Started as an SMS-based service where people could share their message in 140 characters with the remaining 20 characters reserved for advertising, today the platform has over 200 million users including some of the world's most important leaders, celebrities, athletes, journalists and many more.
just setting up my twttr Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006Rather than being a platform where one could simply send out their message to multiple people, Twitter has evolved to a platform where news is broken (the raid that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden was accidentally reported live on Twitter), feats are celebrated (Barrack Obama's tweet to declare his victory in 2012 US Presidential elections was viewed approximately 25 million times), revolutions are empowered (Arab Spring) and people around the world generally share moments together (remember Felix's space jump earlier this year?). These are still early days for Twitter - Facebook has approximately five times more users - and there is still a long way to go. But one things is certain, its importance is growing as time passes. Let's take a look at some important numbers related to Twitter.
Twitter has released a major update for Twitter.com and Twitter mobile apps (iOS and Android) that changes the way people converse on the micro blogging platform. Post the update; one can easily keep track of conversations between people on their timeline and also share them easily via email.
Twitter now delivers an astonishing 350 billion tweets each day, the company said on Friday. ”Delivering 350 billion Tweets a day is a terribly fun engineering challenge. But, it doesn’t capture how passionate our users are,” the company said from its official Twitter Engineering account. Coincidentally we’re sure, the news comes just one day after Google bragged that it had amassed 10 million Google+ users in just two weeks, and that these users collectively share 1 billion items each day. Google+ has quite a way to go before it is anywhere near as popular as Twitter, of course, but it’s certainly doing well for a 2-week-old product.
When it comes to Twitter, we’re just as addicted as every other poor soul who got sucked in. We’re constantly connected on our phones and computers, always checking our timelines, and we crouch in a corner and cry every time the fail whale rears its ugly head. As addictive as the service is though, Twitter is often asleep at the wheel when it comes to features. Luckily, that’s where third-party developers come into play and when it comes to Twitter apps, there are now thousands of choices across every platform imaginable. Even once you’ve found your Twitter apps of choice, however, one of the most annoying things about being addicted to Twitter is constantly seeing the same tweets as you move back and forth between your phone, PC tablet and other devices. What’s more, when you make changes to your mobile client say, adding a new list column you have to make the same changes all over again in your other clients. But what if there was a better way?
Twitter’s vice president of international strategy, Katie Stanton, recently confirmed that the social network now has more than 200 million users. With 70% of those users are tweeting from outside of the United States. Japan is home to the Emperors’ share of tweets with more than 25% of posts originating from there. Twitter, which launched in July of 2006, adds a whopping 500,000 new users per day.