Twitter is an online social media platform which allows users to post up to 280 characters. This was the origin what became known as microblogging.
It was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 and launched in July of that year.
During 2022, Elon Musk purchased the company for $44 billion and took it private.
Users are content creators.
Any registered account can post up to 280 characters. This is called a Tweet. There is also an option to retweet what others send out. People can also embed YouTube videos along with link outside articles.
The company has an estimated 330 million users.
Twitter offers a number of features that expand beyond the social media realm.
People can stream video on Twitter while also recording it. This can then be replayed by anyone who clicks on the video. Since it is housed by Twitter, it is available in one's feed the same as a Tweet.
It is also beneficial that those who are setting up the stream can Tweet it out to alert their followers.
A rather recent innovation which is essentially an audio meeting room. Anyone can set up a space and invite other users. The users can ask permission from the moderator to speak. This can be granted through the moderation tools.
Like the streaming videos, we see how this is recorded, allowing for replay by anyone who clicks on the audio.
Twitter started out as a novelty, emerging as one of the more popular forms of social media content. Ashton Kutcher became the first person on Twitter to amass 1 million followers. He was able to outpace CNN.
While it remained a place for social engagement, businesses started to take a more active role. The platform was enhanced during the 2008 Presidential Campaign when Barack Obama far outpace John McCain in the social media sphere. He was able to 20x McCain in terms of followers.
It was around the same time that journalists were able to transcend borders by Tweeting events as they happened in real time.
History was made On January 15, 2009, a tweet by commuter ferry passenger Janis Krums broke the story of the successful water landing of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York City. A hastily snapped camera phone image of passengers disembarking the half-submerged aircraft was uploaded to Twitpic.com, a photo-hosting service for Twitter users.