How Twitter Got Its Name (and other stories)

Today Twitter launched it’s Twitter 101 – Guidelines For Business Use. For those who use Twitter as a matter of course in their day to day lives, the info contained in these guidelines isn’t groundbreaking.

Twitter 101 logo

An interesting inclusion however was various titbits of info about Twitter which I have added below:

How Twitter Got Its Name

“Twittering is the sound birds make when they communicate with each other—an apt description of the conversations here. As it turns out, because Twitter provides people with real-time public information, it also helps groups of people mimic the effortless way a flock of birds move in unison. On these pages, we’ll show you a few examples of that powerful Twitter characteristic.”

A Brief History Of Twitter

“Initially inspired by the concept of an ‘away-message’ merged with the freedom and mobility of SMS, Twitter began as an experiment in 2006. When value as an instant communication network during shared events like earthquakes, conferences, and festivals emerged, Twitter began to grow—Twitter, Inc. was founded in 2007. Today, Twitter is a privately funded company based in San Francisco, CA.”

Why 140 Characters?

“SMS (i.e., texting on your phone) limits each message to 160 characters. Twitter takes that limit and reserves 20 characters for your username, leaving you 140 characters to play with. That’s how it started and we’ve stuck with it!”

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