Just Setting Up my Twittr – Five Years On
On 21 March 2006, an automated message from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said "just setting up my twttr", then the first human tweet was sent when he typed the two words "inviting co-workers" and hit send.
It was a simple action which has changed the course of communication. Twitter, an oddity when it hit the web, was one of those pieces of web programming which seemed to be addictive without offering any real purpose for being. It was, as its founders probably felt, born out of the need of information to get about rather than anything else.
For a futuristic communication medium born about the time blogging was taking off like wildfire Twitter appeared to be ridiculously restrictive – what message of value could anyone say in 140 characters was the unanswered question going through everyone’s minds at the time. Fast-forward to half a decade later and Twitter has emerged as the ultimate voice of information on the web, getting through the borders of totalitarian regimes, becoming the face of free speech in the 2st century and one of the principle means through which the White Office employs to communicate with its counterpart in the Russian Federation.
It played a pivotal part in maintaining the momentum and providing real-time news of the uprisings in dozens of flashpoints around the globe, most notably, the Egyptian uprising and the Libyan crisis. It has provided journalists as well as anxious relatives with real-time news of natural disasters (like the earthquake in Japan) and, while doing all this, it has managed to become a focal point for trends analysis as well as the means through which Charlie Sheen expresses the views of a Tiger Blooded male to the world and his over one million followers.Continued on the next page