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 January 15

We’re learning of Twitter plans for handling the presidential transition, in terms of the official and unofficial accounts used by the White House.

Separately, a developer has used archived versions of videos posted on Parler to create an interactive map of video footage shot in and around the Capitol during the attempted coup …

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Twitter Stories January 8

Twitter has officially made the move to permanently suspend President Donald Trump’s Twitter account this evening. The ban comes after the Capitol was attacked by Pro-Trump rioters after a Trump rally and Twitter deliberated about how to handle Trump’s account.

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Twitter Stories January 4

Twitter today confirmed the acquisition of Breaker, a podcast app focused on social interaction. The announcement was made through the official Breaker blog on Monday as the company mentions that its team will help build the new Twitter Spaces feature.

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Twitter Stories December 21, 2020

As reported in July, Twitter announced the second generation of its official API to bring more features to third-party Twitter clients. The company announced today that the Twitter v2 API is getting its first expansion with conversation and reply controls.

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Twitter Stories December 17, 2020

In November, Twitter officially confirmed it would be bringing back its account verification process in early 2021 and shared a policy draft. Now the company has shared all of the fine details on how the relaunched system will work along with how user feedback shaped the new Twitter verification program that’s arriving in January 2021.

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Twitter abandons quote tweet initiative intended to reduce disinformation

Twitter has abandoned an experiment intended to reduce the spread of disinformation by eliminating the option for unthinking retweeting. The company was prompting people to use quote tweets only, so that they had to add some commentary of their own …

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