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Twitter’s Road To $1 Billion Part-1


 

circa 2000 – 2001, Jack Dorsey comes up with an idea

circa 2000 - 2001, Jack Dorsey comes up with an idea

These pages now hang framed in Twitter’s offices. Cofounder Jack Dorsey told the L.A. Times he drew them up around 2000 or 2001.

"It was crystallizing the thought: What if you have LiveJournal, but you just make it more live? You have these people watching your journal, but it all happens in real time, and you can update it from anywhere. That document was an exploration of that concept."

 

May 2006, Twttr launches

Before it was Twitter, Twitter was Twttr. It was also green and white before it was blue and white. Jack Dorsey explains says name about because "We wanted to capture [a]

May 2006, Twttr launchesfeeling: the physical sensation that you’re buzzing your friend’s pocket. It’s like buzzing all over the world."

The Twttr to Twitter transition actually has to do with (now) old-fashioned telephone keypads.

"In order to operate SMS you need the short code to operate with this cellular administration. So we were trying to get "twttr" — because we could just take out the vowels and get the 5-digit code. But unfortunately Teen People had that code -– it was ‘txttp’ [Text TP]. So we just decided to get an easy-to-remember short code [40404], and put the vowels back in."

 

 

 

March 2006, Twitter’s first tweet

March 2006, Twitter's first tweetWe would have gone with something clever and allusive like "@Ev, Come Here. I need you." But for Twitter’s first message ever, Jack chose to simply answer the question Twitter still asks its users today: "What are you doing?"

 

 

 

July 2006, TechCrunch covers Twttr

July 2006, TechCrunch covers Twttr

Reviewing Twitter for the first time in July 2006, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington gave the service "a thumbs up for innovation and good execution on a simple but viral idea."

Commenter Justin doesn’t look so precient in retrospect, having written, "I think this is the dumbest thing ever! Who would want all their personal text messages on a public website for anyone to read and track?"

 

August 2006, Users tweet about a San Francisco earthquake

August 2006, Users tweet about a San Francisco earthquakeReviewing Twitter for the first time in July 2006, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington gave the service "a thumbs up for innovation and good execution on a simple but viral idea."

Commenter Justin doesn’t look so precient in retrospect, having written, "I think this is the dumbest thing ever! Who would want all their personal text messages on a public website for anyone to read and track?"

 

Fall 2006, Twttr becomes Twitter

Fall 2006, Twttr becomes Twitter

Twitter began looking like it looks now in Fall 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. October 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Do you have a google wave invitation for me? I would love to have one.

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