Twitter Tuesdays | Early Days Of Twitter

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:

1. An Insider’s View of How Twitter Was Born:

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.

2. Twitter Was Twttr at First:

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:

3. Twitter Was Born On March 21st 2006:

Jacks Dorsey has the oldest account on Twitter and his tweet was the first one ever.

4. Twitter Was Not a Unique Idea:

Dodgeball had the same idea and was started before Twitter, but they were surely lacking something because they gave up after a year.

5. TechCrunch Didn’t Like Twitter At First:

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:

6. FiveLimes Was The First Product To Be Launched Via 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.

7. Ashton Kutcher Was First To Get Million Followers:

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.

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