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Feb 01

Twitter – Lesson 2/7: History

This is part 2 of my series about Twitter. Be sure to read the previous article:

Twitter History

The most important people of Twitter are Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey. Biz Stone is the Creative Director, Evan Williams the CEO and Jack Dorsey founded the company. It all began in 2003:

Biz Stone and Evan Williams first met at colleagues at Google and left the company in 2004. Then Evan Williams founded a podcasting platform called Odeo, which Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone joined one year later and nearly at the same time. In 2006, Jack Dorsey initiates thoughts about an internal, SMS based communication platform to disburden their local email system. They started developing this system and finished a first beta in a matter of weeks. The first name ( was inspired by Flickr. Finally, in March 2006 they finished a first beta version and Jack Dorsey wrote the first Tweet ever.

The first Tweet on Twitter by Jack Dorsey

Three months later, the final release of twttr came out. Since then, it has been developed all the time. In September 2006 the first bot first bot was being developed for displaying CNN news. Later on, in April 2007 Barack Obama joins Twitter. A huge membership boost rolls over Twitter via the live twittering event from the Video Music Awards in late 2007. One and a half year later, Twitter proves his quickness in spreading news by a picture of a plane landing in the Hudson River. And in July 2009, there was the big Twitpocalype where the number of 2,147,483,647 sent tweets has been exceeded. This number is the maximum value of signed integer and causes a lot of problems with most clients.

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