Red-Letter Saturday #7: “Twitter”

RED-LETTER SATURDAY #7:

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On this day, March 21, 2006, the social media site Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass and was launched by July 2006. Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”.  If you are a registered user of Twitter, you can read and post tweets, but if you are an unregistered user, you can only read them. You can access Twitter through the website interface, SMS, or mobile device app. The corporation is based in San Francisco and has more than 25 offices around the world. After its launch, Twitter quickly gained popularity, and as of  December 2014, Twitter had more than 500 million users, out of which more than 284 million were active users.

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When Twitter was originally introduced, it was Dorsey’s idea for a small group, a way of communicating with a small amount of people when he was an undergraduate at New York University. He introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service, but before long, the idea grew. And according to Dorsey: “…we came across the word ‘twitter’, and it was just perfect. The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information,’ and ‘chirps from birds’. And that’s exactly what the product was.

Do you “tweet” or “twitter?” Millions of people all over the world do these days. You can discover all kinds of information on Twitter every day. I’ve been doing some research as to what kind of content is available on Twitter and I found that it’s divided into six categories:

  • Pointless babble – 40%
  • Conversational – 38%
  • Pass-along value – 9%
  • Self-promotion – 6%
  • Spam – 4%
  • News – 4%

And there’s the oh-so familar hashtags (#) that we are constantly being bombarded with. It seems that whenever I watch something on television, it’s always being mentioned. Isn’t that right?

And then we also hear about a topic that is “trending” on Twitter, right? This means that a certain word, phrase, or topic is being tagged at a greater rate than other tags. These topics become popular either through a concerted effort by users or because of an event that prompts people to talk about a specific topic.

But there are rules for using Twitter, too. These rules are in place to keep you safe as a user. Rules about impersonation, trademark, private information, violence and threats, copyright, unlawful use, misuse of twitter badges, and abuse and spam. As with any social network, you really should read the rules first before you use it.

So, do you “tweet” or “twitter?” Today might be the perfect day to do so because after all, it’s the 9th anniversary of this ever-growing social media site. I’m sure that its founders would appreciate a “chirp” from you today!

  “QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “”On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get really scared and run away.”  ~ Author Unknown

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This post is presented as part of my special weekly feature, Red-Letter Saturday. If you’d like to to know more information about Red-Letter Saturday, click here:

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