March 21, 2006: Twitter Project Started
Is it a blog? Is it text messaging for the web? Is it a newsfeed? Um… well… yes. Regardless, its popular enough to attract the Dalai Lama to its list of users.
Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and by July, the social networking site was launched. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 500 million registered users as of 2012, generating over 340 million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. Since its launch, Twitter has become one of the ten most visited websites on the Internet, and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet” Unregistered users can read tweets, while registered users can post tweets through the website interface, SMS, or a range of apps for mobile devices.