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Twitter Celebrates Sixth Birthday

Can you believe it's been six years since Jack Dorsey posted his first ever tweet? Well Twitter can, as today the microblogging site celebrated its sixth birthday.

On 21st March 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey uttered his first ever tweet - and has since experienced a phenomenal rise within the social networking ranks, with over 500 million users to date.

Deciding to adopt a minimalist update of 140 characters or less was a huge gamble for Dorsey, but it appears that the short-but-sweet risk paid off. Spawning a completely new language for its users (hashtags, retweets etc) has proved to be a winning concept for the company, and is practised daily both online and in television.

Twitter also acted as a gateway to the stars, embracing celebrity culture with many a famed household name signing up to the service as a means of interacting with their fans.

With over 400 staff members operating Twitter's activities, the microblogging site now handles approximately 340 million tweets a day - which just goes to show how far the service has come. It only took 18 months to sign up an incredible 500,000 users, and an even more impressive fact is that in 3 years, 2 months and 1 day, Twitter hit the billion tweets milestone.

Happy birthday Twitter, and here's hoping all your 'tweets' come true.

Source: The Next Web

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration