If a Twitter message has ever made your heart skip a beat, then you were twitterpated. Not to worry, though; it happens all the time. But today is special because it’s Happy Birthday to Twitter!
On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet heard ‘round the world. As the creator of the 140 character limit microblogging platform he changed, or sweetened, the way people and businesses communicate, operate and market themselves, the Guardian reported.
His first tweet was “What are you doing?”
Dorsey collaborated with Biz Stone and Evan Wiliams and re-named the network in the fall of 2006 from Twttr to Twitter. At the time they had only 5 employees. Now they boast 833 and are still growing; they expect to have 1,000 by the end of 2012.
There are an estimated 100 million users, which is still a lot less than Facebook with 800 million. As of 2011, Twitter had a total of 60 Billion tweets!
Discussions crop up about the possibility of social media taking over how people get their news. However, Pew's State of the News Media report shows that the revolution is still far from overthrowing the old regime, according to a report in Atlantic online.
The shift is happening, the data says, but the vast majority of people still "very often" use the traditional avenues like search and going directly to a news site to find their news. Only 9 percent of Americans very often follow news recommendations from Facebook or from Twitter on any of the three digital devices," Pew reports.
For a psychological study on who Tweets, how much, what they say and why click here.
Researchers are first to admit Twitter is still new in terms of years of service to be analyzed. Still, reports are becoming available about Twitter users and their habits.
PsyBlog has gathered statistics and attempts to answer some questions you might find interesting.
A 2009 Pew Research found there are 190 million Twitter users around the world producing 65 million tweets each day. About 19 percent of US internet users Tweet or use a similar service to share updates about themselves—double the figure from the previous year (Pew, 2009).