Twitter is a social networking site that was created in 2006. Users send “tweets” to let people know what they are doing. It was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. Prior to building the service, they were working on a podcast directory called Odeo.

Odeo was a directory and search destination website for RSS-syndicated audio and video. It employed tools that enabled users to create, record, and share podcasts with a simple Adobe Flash-based interface.

When iTunes 4.9 was released, it ultimately made Odeo irrelevant. The people behind the company went on to create a service called Twttr. Twttr would eventually be called Twitter. iTunes 4.9, believe it or not, ultimately led to the creation of one of the most popular social networks in the world.

The major turning point for service’s popularity was the 2007 South by Southwest Interactive conference. Over the next few years, Twitter began to see rapid growth. For mobile devices, it originally relied upon third-party apps. In 2010, Twitter acquired application developer Atebits. Atebits had built the Twitter app known as Tweetie for the Mac and iPhone. It was renamed as Twitter and released for free.

Over the years, the apps have seen various revisions. There are currently versions available for iOS while desktop users must either use the web interface or a third party app like Tweetbot or Twitterrific.

Twitter Stories February 20

Twitter is testing a new feature that labels misleading news, fake news, and lies from public figures and politicians with bright orange or red warnings. If Twitter decides to move ahead with the change, it could arrive as soon as March 5th.

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Twitter Stories February 19

Twitter rolling out new ‘Continue thread’ option for connecting multiple tweets together

Twitter is rolling out a new feature that makes it easier to thread multiple tweets together. With this change, you can now link tweets together while you compose them.

Twitter fixes notifications bug in latest Mac app update

Twitter continues to make improvements to its new Mac app, which it brought to macOS using Apple’s Catalyst platform last October. Today’s update makes specific improvements related to notifications.

Twitter Stories February 5

Twitter has made a pair of changes on iPhone and iPad today. The company is rolling out a fix for a bug that caused polls not to appear in the Twitter for iOS app, while it’s also making a notable tweak to the redesigned iPad app it released two months ago.

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Twitter Stories February 4

Twitter announces new policy to label or ban ‘synthetic and manipulated media’

Twitter has announced a new policy on manipulated and synthetic media, a category that includes a wide range of content such as deepfake video and other deceptively edited content. The new policy will ban faked media that could pose “serious harm.”

Twitter Stories February 1

Twitter rolls out threaded replies to streamline conversations on iOS

Twitter is making a change to your timeline that it says will make it easier to decipher between tweets and replies. The goal is to streamline the interface so you can easily see parent tweets and replies to that post.

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