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 May 20

New York Times staff writer Mike Isaac has written a blog post in which he argues that ‘the permanent social internet is dying.’ That we are increasingly abandoning platforms and formats that create a permanent record of our posts.

As facebook matured, we discovered the unintended consequences of living a life online. An errant, ignorant tweet from our teenage years can get us fired—or worse, canceled. Our parents could have created an entire instagram dedicated to our poopy-diaped years without our knowledge or express consent. Forget running for office if you’ve ever tweeted about, like, anything …

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Twitter Stories May 13

In a post on its Help Center this afternoon, Twitter has disclosed a bug that caused it to inadvertently collect and share iOS location data with a “trusted partner.” The issue, which has since been resolved, stemmed from Twitter collecting precise location data for accounts that had not enabled the feature.

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Twitter Stories May 7

Concerns expressed that Europe is going too far in controlling tech giants

Concerns are being expressed that Europe is going too far with legislation which is controlling tech giants and their customers …

Twitter Stories May 6

Twitter today has added support for retweeting a tweet and adding an image, video, or GIF. Evidence of this feature was first discovered back in February, but now it is rolling out to all users after what Twitter says was a long, nuanced design and engineering process.

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Twitter Stories April 30

Twitter expands streaming video offer: new deals with NFL, ESPN, Univision, more

Twitter is pushing further into streaming video thanks to a whole host of new and expanded deals across sports, news, and music.

The new content is via deals with NFL, ESPN, Univision, Live Nation, MLS, The Players’ Tribune, Bleacher Report, Blizzard, Bloomberg, CNET, Time, and The Wall Street Journal …

Twitter Stories April 23

After reporting strong Q1 earnings this morning, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this afternoon met with President Trump at the White House. The goal of the meeting was to talk about “protecting the health of the public conversation” ahead of the 2020 elections, Twitter said in a statement.

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