Twitter is an online multilingual social media networking service. It has its headquarters is in San Francisco, California, USA and its European offices in Dublin, Ireland. It has over twenty five offices around the world. Twitter users can send and read messages, which are called tweets. The messages on Twitter can consist of up to 140 characters.
Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass. At the time of its creation in 2006 the domain ‘twitter.com’ was already in use. As a result the service was initially called twttr until the domain name was purchased by the developers. The bird logo is the international symbol of Twitter. Twitter’s bird is called Larry.
Today Twitter has millions of users worldwide. Usage peaks during special events such as the FIFA world cup. Though over 100 heads of state have twitter accounts, it is banned in countries such as Iran, China and North Korea. With over 80 million followers, former US President Barrack Obama is the most followed politician in the world. Katy Perry, with over 90 million followers is the most followed entertainer.
Twitter began when Jack Dorsey published the message ‘just setting up my twttr’ in the year 2006 On This Day.