This week, Twitter turns 10. Over the next five days we’ll be exploring how far the microblogging service has come, the challenges it faces going forward and some of its key moments along the way.
March 21 marks ten years since Twitter came to life. Since its 2006 arrival, the platform has arguably changed the way we express ourselves online, keeping our worldly thoughts within its 140 character constraint.
What a lot of people don’t realize, Twitter — once Twttr — stemmed from a startup called Odeo, which was meant to be a podcast platform. Evan Williams, Noah Glass and Biz Stone were about to launch when Apple crushed their dreams with the release of iTunes podcasting.
It was at this point in time that Jack Dorsey, who was an employee at Odeo, reared his head with the bare bones idea for what we now call Twitter.
Once the idea was fleshed out – with Biz Stone overseeing Dorsey’s work – Twttr spun off from Odeo (now Obvious Corp) and became Twitter Inc.
Along the way it has spawned the hashtag, mentions and created more than its fair share of viral memes.
To celebrate ten years of life in 140 characters, we’ve taken the liberty of pulling together some of the best and worst first tweets so you can see how far we’ve come.
Stan Lee – summing up why everyone has social media accounts.
Yes, Google sent its first tweet in binary. “Feeling lucky?” Read into that as you will.
Twittering, you say?
We’re assuming Sheryl Sandberg was in her own home.
From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!
— Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike) May 12, 2009
While this isn’t the astronaut’s first tweet, it was the first ever tweet sent from beyond earth, which is pretty impressive. In the seven years since this we’ve become accustomed to astronauts tweeting images and updates from outer space.
A pre-Oculus Luckey.
I wonder what ever happened to Branson’s romantic novel?
Facebook didn’t quite grasp the character limit at first.
So while it might be hard to imagine life without Twitter as an outlet for our quips, it’s hard to imagine the company will be the same when it enters its awkward teenage phase.
What was your first tweet? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments.