With the advent of social media, we have seen much change in the way we communicate today. Even the language we use in daily conversation has been influenced directly by social media. Twitter’s prominence in pop culture and everyday conversation portrays this perfectly. The definition of “tweet” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013, showing its growing prominence. The most hard-fought elections of the world’s oldest democracy were influenced largely by Twitter, making it an inseparable part of every spectrum of life.
The Dawn of Twitter
The first Tweet was published on March 21, 2006, when Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, tweeted. The platform was originally launched as Twttr in tune with the popular trend for companies to drop vowels in their name. However, it was not long enough before Twttr did a complete rebrand and changed the name to Twitter.
The Evolution of Twitter
In June 2009, Twitter introduced verified accounts after many high-profile celebrities complained of impersonation on Twitter. The verification tick can now be applied for by any person or business, letting people know that an account is authentic. In the very next month, Twitter adds hyperlinks to hashtags allowing people to explore what those hashtags were just by clicking on them.
Around November of the same year, Twitter introduced retweeting. Twitter caught on the dire requirement of a share option that was customized to its platform. Retweeting helped people do this easily with the click of a button. In September 2010, Twitter delivered the largest update to the website’s interface to date. The design encapsulated videos and photos within Twitter.
In January 2013, Twitter launched Vine, an app that allowed you to shoot and share six-second looping videos. Videos were viewable on Twitter by now. The next year they introduced animated GIFs to be shared and viewed across all of Twitter’s platforms. With the acquisition of Periscope, an app that allows live streaming Twitter took their baby steps into the growing trend for live streaming on social media.
In 2015 they introduced poll questions to their Tweet offering users an opportunity to ask polling questions with up to 4 possible answers. It was probably the most popular feature that the app could boast of until then. 2017 was the year they finally acceded to the long-term demand. The character limit of tweets was increased from 140 to 280. In the same year, Twitter introduced a plus button to create threaded tweets easily. Just a month after increasing the character limit, it appears that Twitter is looking to let their users share long content more easily.
Twitter’s Ever-evolving Face
The Twitter logo went through some interesting changes over the years. In 2009 the classic bluebird Twitter logo, which looks like a cartoon character, was named Larry the Bird. This was later changed to the now-famous Twitter bird.