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Twitter turns nine, hashtag trend growing

Sat, Mar 21, 2015, 04:16 PM
New York, March 21: It's the ninth birthday of the tweeting birdie. The very first tweet came from co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006.

Since then, Twitter has now grown to more than 284 million users worldwide and expanding.

Dorsey, then an undergraduate student at the New York University, introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group. The project code name for the service was twttr.

The project took off on March 21, 2006, when Dorsey sent the first Twitter message: "just setting up my twttr".

"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," Dorsey has been quoted as saying in the context of the site's name.

The first suggestion for using a hashtag as a means of a creating a group conversation regarding a single event came in 2007 from a Twitter user Chris Messina.

The concept of trending has since become the informal yardstick of relevance on social media.
Agency: IANS
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