Twitter is currently one of the social networks with the most followers. Through this social network, we can communicate with people close to us as well as registered famous people. Since Jack Dorsey created it on 2006, Twitter has become one of the best known networks in the world.
It is estimated that its number of users is now close to 300 millions, and that it will increase by over 50% by the end of the year. Text messages that are written in this social network are known as tweets and they help update our information, express what we feel and make questions to other followers.
In this article we will know more about Twitter, see the history of how this social network was born and how it can help its users. The Twitter social network was created by Jack Dorsey in March 2006 under the name Twttr. At the start it was only used by employees at Postcasts Odeo, Inc., where Dorsey used to work, until its official launch to the general public in July 2006. By 2007, Twitter already had an average of 50 000 visits a day, and in March of that year it won the South by Souhwest Award on the best blog category.
During 2008 and 2009 its number of users soared. Its number of unique visitors was 450 000 in February 2008, and by February 2009 it was 7 million. In 2009 the lists option was added, which made it possible to follow lists of users instead of individual users. Also in 2009 Twitter’s Spanish version was launched. In 2010, Twitter had a breakdown that had it sending senseless messages to its users.
In spite of that, Twitter still is one of the most popular social networks in the planet, and it is estimated that by the end of 2011 its number of users will be over 500 million. Twitter helps people communicate what is happening to them and share it with the user network. One of its most popular functions is people follow up. Thanks to it, we can learn what famous people with Twitter accounts are doing, what they think about current events and communicate with them.
Another popular use is live events follow up and retransmission of expositions and conferences which the public attends, as well as debates and comments about movies or television shows. Through Twitter it is also possible to make interviews. One of the advantages of using Twitter is the fact that you can only use up to 140 characters, which makes communication brief and efficient, almost like an SMS.