5 Fascinating Facts About Twitter’s History

Twitter is a perfect example of a company not only to learn from as an entrepreneur, but also to use as an inspiration for what is truly possible.

1. The Original Name Of Twitter Was Twttr

We’ve pretty much all seen a copy of the first tweet ever sent by Jack Dorsey. In case you haven’t, I put an image of it above. However, what you may not know is that the original name of Twitter was Twttr. I, like many people, just thought Jack was abbreviating the word Twitter in that first tweet, but he wasn’t. At that time, it was Twttr. A few months after the service began, the founders changed the name to Twitter and completely rebranded.

2. The Twitter.com Domain Name Cost $7,500 In 2006

According to a TechCrunch article , Evan Williams tweeted that they paid $7,500 for Twitter.com when they decided to switch from Twttr. This happened within the first six months of the service. It’s amazing that adding a vowel to the domain name would make it that much more expensive. Now, of course, that is one of the most valuable domain names in the world. About 78% of all Twitter traffic goes through Twitter.com, while the rest through 3rd party apps (of which there are 300,000 by the way).

3. When Twitter First Began, There Wasn’t A 140 Character Limit

It is always so interesting for me to learn how sites like Twitter evolve. In the beginning, there weren’t any character limits. Just like with text, if the words were over 160 characters, it split up and delivered as two tweets, or however many. Soon, in 2007, for several different reasons (including a huge SMS bill since back then people paid per message), the group decided to limit each tweet to 140 characters. Soon thereafter, Jack sent this tweet.

4. Twitter Dramatically Changed Between 2009 And 2010

If you are like me, you were on Twitter in 2009 and 2010, and you might not have noticed a big difference; however, Twitter changed dramatically during that time. It makes sense since 100 million new users joined Twitter in 2010. What the changes point to is that people are becoming more and more comfortable with putting their private information online. Twitter accounts with bios, detailed names, locations and website URLs skyrocketed. You can see the graphs that detail this in an article published on Mashable called How Twitter Users Changed in 2010 [CHARTS]. I put just one of those charts below for you.

5. More People Have Twitter Accounts Than You Think

With as many people out there who still don’t get Twitter, it’s easy to think it’s still a small community of geeks. People used to say, “Why would you want to get on Twitter just to tell everyone what you had for breakfast.” Well, times have changed for sure. More and more people see the value in Twitter personally and professionally. Here’s a stat you may not know: 180 million unique visitors come to Twitter every month. 300,000 new users sign up for Twitter each day. As you probably know, 1 in every 12 people is on Facebook. Twitter is not that popular yet, but it’s definitely on its way! According to Baseline, only 5% of Americans were aware of Twitter in 2008 compared to 87% in 2010.

This is Jack Dorsey’s original sketch of the Twitter concept. At the end, he added a note that humbly read, “I hope it thrives.”

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