Tuesday, October 13, 2015

8 Things I Learned About Twitter


I already thought Twitter was brilliant but I am amazed after reading “140 things you don’t know about twitter.” I love that Langer chose to find 140 facts in relation to the 140-character limit for tweets. If you have 30 minutes and are a frequent tweeter, I highly suggest giving the article a read.

The elimination process was hard but here are my 9 favorite facts about Twitter that I didn’t know:

  • .Twitter was created on a playground. Founding team member Dom Sagolla says the group went on the top of a slide at a playground in South Park, a small neighborhood in San Francisco, and Jack Dorsey discussed an “idea so simple that you don’t even think about it—you just write.” This moment of inspiration has turned into a multibillion-dollar company

  1. The official name of Twitter’s bird is Larry. Yes, his name is Larry Bird. The iconic little fellow—seen in Twitter’s logo shown in TV commercials, print ads and practically every website—was named after Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird.
  2. Twitter was almost called Twitch. Before finalizing on the name, the team looked at the Oxford English Dictionary. “We found the word Twitter,” Dorsey says. “And Twitter means a short inconsequential burst of information, chirps from birds. And we were like, that describes exactly what we’re doing here.”
  3. Ending a tweet with an empty hashtag is called a hangtag, and it’s Twitter’s version of the mic drop, the team at Medium declared recently.
  4. You can find your first ever tweet at First-Tweets.com.
  5. Twitter’s fourth co-founder Noah Glass was kicked out of the company, according to the book “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal,” by Nick Bilton of The New York Times. Glass is said to have made almost no money from Twitter’s IPO, according to Bilton.
  6. Glass has only tweeted five times over the last five years. His bio reads, “I started this.”
  7. The “unfollow” button was almost called “leave.”
  8. The cost of a Promoted Trend in the United States for one day is $200,000.

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