The social network and micro blogging service Twitter turns six years old on March 21st, 2012. The service had humble beginnings and now has 500 million users. Those users now include every news outlet, celebrity, athlete, teens and just about anyone with a phone.
St. Louisan Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet on this day in 2006. At 4:50 p.m. on March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey wrote “just setting up my twttr.”. He was the CEO of a side project called Twitter of the podcasting company Odeo.
The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 300 million users as of 2011, generating over 300 million tweets and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco, with additional servers and offices in New York City.
Twitter has been described as “the SMS of the Internet.” Follow Your Interests. Discover Your World. Twitter.