Chirps from Birds
March 21, 2006: Twitter Project Started
Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass. In July of 2006, the site was launched. Twitter is now one of the ten most-visited websites, and is one of the most successful startup companies of all time by market capitalization, revenue, growth and cultural impact.
Twitters origins started with a daylong brainstorming session and work on the project started on March 21, 2006,when Dorsey published the first Twitter message. Dorsey has explained the origin of the “Twitter” title:
“…we came across the word ‘twitter’, and it was just perfect. The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information,’ and ‘chirps from birds’. And that’s exactly what the product was.”
Williams provided insight into the ambiguity that defined this early period in a 2013 interview:
“With Twitter, it wasn’t clear what it was. They called it a social network, they called it microblogging, but it was hard to define, because it didn’t replace anything. There was this path of discovery with something like that, where over time you figure out what it is. Twitter actually changed from what we thought it was in the beginning, which we described as status updates and a social utility. It is that, in part, but the insight we eventually came to was Twitter was really more of an information network than it is a social network.”
The first off-Earth Twitter message was posted from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut T. J. Creamer on January 22, 2010. By late November 2010, an average of a dozen updates per day were posted on the astronauts’ communal account, @NASA_Astronauts.
Twitter has become internationally identifiable by its signature bird logo. The original logo was in use from its launch in March 2006 until September 2010. A slightly modified version succeeded the first style when the website underwent its first redesign.
On February 27, 2012, a tweet from an employee that works on the company’s platform and API discussed the evolution of the “Larry the Bird” logo with Twitter’s creative director and it was revealed that it was named after Larry Bird of the NBA’s Boston Celtics fame. This detail had previously been confirmed when the Boston Celtics’ director of interactive media asked Twitter co-founder Biz Stone about it in August 2011.
On June 5, 2012, Twitter unveiled its third logo redesign, replacing Larry the Bird with an updated icon simply named as the “Twitter Bird.” According to Douglas Bowman, designer of Twitter, the new logo resembles a Mountain Bluebird.
9,100 Tweets per second =
546,000 per minute = goofy
32,760,000 per hour =
786, 240,000 million per day
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