A mere 5 years ago, Jack Dorsey (@jack), Biz Stone (@biz), and Evan Williams (@ev) founded Twitter. The service at that time was named Twttr and was purported as a group SMS tool people could use to broadcast and update their status to their network of friends. Since then, Twitter has seen its user adoption explode, with more than 140 million tweets sent each day, or approximately 1 billion tweets every 8 days. In addition, while it took approximately 18 months for the first 500,000 accounts to sign up, Twitter now sees about the the same number of accounts created every day.
In celebration of its fifth birthday today, Twitter launched a new Discovery page, accompanied by a star-studded video of celebrities, famous politicians, and others who use Twitter. For example, people like Sir Richard Branson, Snoop Dog, and Piers Morgan make cameos as they talk about the things they love about Twitter and how it has helped them in their daily lives.
In wake of events occurring in Egypt, Libya, and Japan, Twitter and other social networking tools like Facebook have been pivotal to this new generation of technology-equipped youth. Since I started tweeting two years ago, Twitter has helped me explore my interests and meet new people who share the same interests as I do.
What has Twitter meant to you?