World Bulletin / News Desk
Twitter's origins lie in a "daylong brainstorming session" held by board members of the podcasting company Odeo. Jack Dorsey, then an undergraduate student at New York University, introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.
The original project code name for the service was twttr, an idea that Williams later ascribed to Noah Glass, inspired by Flickr and the five-character length of American SMS short codes. The decision was also partly due to the fact that domain twitter.com was already in use, and it was six months after the launch of twttr that the crew purchased the domain and changed the name of the service to Twitter.
The developers initially considered "10958" as a short code, but later changed it to "40404" for "ease of use and memorability". Work on the project started on March 21, 2006, when Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9:50 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST): "just setting up my twttr". Dorsey has explained the origin of the "Twitter" title:
...we came across the word 'twitter', and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds'. And that's exactly what the product was.
The first Twitter prototype, developed by Dorsey and contractor Florian Weber, was used as an internal service for Odeo employees and the full version was introduced publicly on July 15, 2006. In October 2006, Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Dorsey, and other members of Odeo formed Obvious Corporation and acquired Odeo, together with its assets including Odeo.com and Twitter.com from the investors and shareholders. Williams fired Glass, who was silent about his part in Twitter's startup until 2011. Twitter spun off into its own company in April 2007. Williams provided insight into the ambiguity that defined this early period in a 2013 interview.
With Twitter, it wasn't clear what it was. They called it a social network, they called it microblogging, but it was hard to define, because it didn't replace anything. There was this path of discovery with something like that, where over time you figure out what it is. Twitter actually changed from what we thought it was in the beginning, which we described as status updates and a social utility. It is that, in part, but the insight we eventually came to was Twitter was really more of an information network than it is a social network.
The company experienced rapid initial growth. It had 400,000 tweets posted per quarter in 2007. This grew to 100 million tweets posted per quarter in 2008. In February 2010, Twitter users were sending 50 million tweets per day. By March 2010, the company recorded over 70,000 registered applications.As of June 2010, about 65 million tweets were posted each day, equaling about 750 tweets sent each second, according to Twitter.
As of March 2011, that was about 140 million tweets posted daily.As noted on Compete.com, Twitter moved up to the third-highest-ranking social networking site in January 2009 from its previous rank of twenty-second
It's been 86 years since the death of Omar al-Mukhtar, who led Libya’s mujahedeen against British, French, Italian invaders
Ez-Zitouna Mosque is a major mosque in Tunis, Tunisia.
Once the sealed-off home of military personnel, the island of Sazan, off Vlora, is becoming a major attraction for Albanians and foreigners alike.
July 19 is the 200th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 165 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday than on Friday or Saturday, and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday
Turkey sends deputy PM to join solemn commemoration of 1995 genocide
Palestinians are marking 50 years since the 1967 occupation of their remaining lands this week.
Egyptian political and religious leader who founded of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, and played a central role in Egyptian political and social affairs. 68 years before, on February 12, 1949 Banna was shot by two assassins and deliberately left to bleed to death.
The Nakba Day is commemorated on the 15th May which is the date that precedes following the Israeli invasion and the displacement of the Palestinians of their land
Abu Zayd al-Balkhi was a 9th century Muslim polymath, whose writings touched on subjects as varied as geography, medicine, philosophy, theology, politics, poetry, etc.
From the 8th century until the 15th century Islam has spread rapidly amongst the Chinese by the actions of the Muslims
The great architect Sinan not only built the famous Suleymaniya mosque in Istanbul, but also left hidden messages for future architects working on repairs.