With over a billion messages posted, Twitter is one of the most popular social networks on the web. It has been exponential growth in last couple of years and has gone beyond the expectations of everybody. However, success doesn’t come without hard work and Twitter is a great example for that. It becomes clearly evident when we look at the early days of Twitter:
Dom is one of the oldest team members at Twitter and was actually a part of Odeo, the parent company of Twitter. In this really insightful post he explains how Twitter came into existence and evolved through its early stages. He shares information on how Jack Dorsey got the idea and how Odeo gave it a chance to come up with something innovative.
Twitter got its present name a couple of months after the creation, before that, the founders referred to it as Twttr. Here are a couple of tweets from Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone to show that:
Jacks Dorsey has the oldest account on Twitter and his tweet was the first one ever.
Dodgeball had the same idea and was started before Twitter, but they were surely lacking something because they gave up after a year.
TechCrunch has written literally hundreds of posts about Twitter but their love for Twitter wasn’t always like this. In their first ever post about Twitter, there tone wasn’t too good and neither were their readers. Here are some earlier comments ever on TechCrunch about Twitter:
It is common for users to post about their new projects and businesses on Twitter but it wasn’t always so. Twitter was mostly used for personal updates and the first time somebody used it to announce their new project was the tweet about FiveLimes.
A lot of power users and celebrities have crossed this milestone now but Kutcher was the first to do so in April 2009.
These are some of the examples that illustrate the initial struggles faced by Twitter, after that, it has been a nice ride for them.