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Research on twitter

  1. 1. The following research was found off the internet and helped us to understand the background of Twitter and some interesting factsabout it. It also provided us with many statistics that we will use in the script for our documentary.1.Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched in July of that year.2.Twitter’s origins lie in a “day long brainstorming session” that was held by board members of thepodcasting company Odeo. While sitting in a park on a children’s slide and eating Mexican food,Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a smallgroup. 3.The first Twitter prototype was used as an internal service for Odeo employees and the fullversion was introduced publicly on July 15, 2006 4.The original project code name for the service was ‘twttr‘, an idea that Williams later ascribed toNoah Glass, inspired by the name of the social media image website ‘Flickr’ and the five-characterlength of American SMS short codes.5.The team finally settled on the name ‘twitter‘, which means ‘chirps from birds’ in essence ‘a shortburst of inconsequential information’6.The tipping point for Twitter’s popularity was the 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Duringthe event, Twitter usage increased from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000.7.It had 400,000 tweets posted per quarter in 20078.In 2008 there were only 3 million registered users9.In 2008 there were only 1.25 million tweets per day10.Jan 2008 there were only 8 employees11.In 2009 or 2 years ago Twitter had 8 million registered users12.In 2011 there are now over 400 employees13.75% of Twitter traffic comes from third-party applications14.60% of all tweets come from third-party apps15.There are over 100,000 Twitter applications16.A Forrester report revealed that “Twitterers are the connected of the connected, overindexingat all Social Media habits. For example, Twitterers are three times more likely to be Creators (peoplewho create and share content via blog posts and YouTube) as the general US population” (sourceForrester report “Who Flocks to Twitter”)
  2. 2. 17.3 years, 2 months and 1 day…the time it took from the first tweet to the billionth tweet.18.It now takes one week for users to send a billion Tweets.19.In March 2010 the average number of tweets people sent per week was the the 350 million.20.140 million is the average number of tweets people sent per day in February 201121.177 million tweets sent on March 11, 2011.22.When Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 there were 456 tweets per second (TPS)…a recordat that time.23.The current TPS record is 6,939 tweets per second set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on NewYear’s Day24.572,000 is the number of new accounts created in one day (March 12, 2011)25.460,000 is the average number of new accounts per day created in February, 201126.182% is the increase in number of mobile users over the past year.27.In March 2011 there are an estimated 225 million users28.25 billion tweets sent on Twitter in 201029.100 million new accounts added on Twitter in 201030.The first unassisted off-Earth Twitter message was posted from the International Space Stationby NASA astronaut T. J. Creamer on January 22, 2010Read more at (left) said after a Twitter Town Hall with Barack Obamaheld in July 2011, that Twitter received over 110,000#AskObama tweetsJack Dorsey (born November 19, 1976) is an American webdeveloper and businessman widely known as the creator ofTwitter and as the founder and CEO of Square, a mobilepayments company. In 2008, he was named to theMITTechnology ReviewTR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables itsusers to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets".It wascreated in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched that July. The service rapidly gainedworldwide popularity, with over 500 million active users as of 2012, generating over 340million tweets daily and handling over 1.6 billionsearch queries per day. Since its launch,
  3. 3. Twitter has become one of the top 10 most visited websites on the Internet, and has beendescribed as "the SMS of the Internet. Unregistered users can read tweets, while registeredusers can post tweets through the website interface, SMS, or a range of apps for mobiledevices.Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco, with additional servers and offices in NewYork City, Boston, and San Antonio.Trending topicsA word, phrase or topic that is tagged at a greater rate than other tags is said to be a trendingtopic. Trending topics become popular either through a concerted effort by users or becauseof an event that prompts people to talk about one specific topic.[75] These topics help Twitterand their users to understand what is happening in the world.[76]Trending topics are sometimes the result of concerted efforts by fans of certain celebrities orcultural phenomena, particularly Lady Gaga (known as Monsters), Justin Bieber (Beliebers)and fans of the Twilight (Twihards) and Harry Potter (Potterheads) novels. Twitter havealtered the trend algorithm in the past to prevent manipulation of this type.[77]Twitters March 30, 2010 blog post announced that the hottest Twitter trending topics willscroll across the Twitter homepage.[78] Users will also be able to findout how a specific topic became a trending topic.[citation needed]There have been controversies surrounding Twitter trending topics:Twitter has censored hashtags that other users found offensive.Twitter censored the #Thatsafrican[79] and the#thingsdarkiessay[80]hashtags after users complained that they foundthe hashtags offensiveHashtags are words or phrases prefixed with the symbol #,[1][2] aform of metadata tag. Also, short messages on microbloggingsocialnetworking services such as Twitter, or Google+ may betagged by including one or more with multiple words concatenated,e.g.: Gaga has the most twitter followers in the world