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 December 11

Twitter introducing Live Photo support using GIFs four years after feature debuted

In another update to how Twitter handles photos, the company today shared the news that users can upload Live Photos from iPhone or iPad and they will show as GIFs on the social media platform.

Twitter improving photo upload quality and investing in open standard social network experiment

Twitter has announced today that users uploading images via the web will now see JPEG quality preserved. Separately, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shared that the company is building a small team of open-source architects, engineers, and designers to create an “open and decentralized standard” that Twitter could be based on in the future.

Twitter Stories December 5

Chirp for Twitter has received a major 2.0 update today that brings a host of great features and changes to the Apple Watch app. Headlining the update is a totally rewritten timeline for watchOS 6 with infinite scrolling that offers a major speed boost, the ability to send DMs directly from profiles, improved video player, username colors, and much more.

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Twitter Stories November 27

Twitter announced a new policy yesterday that planned to remove accounts that have been inactive for six months or more with the goal “to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter.” However, concerns were quickly raised about how the new policy would impact customers who have passed away.

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Fears raised over Twitter’s deceased person policy, and one possible solution

Fears have been expressed over Twitter’s deceased person policy – or, rather, the fact that it doesn’t yet have one…

Twitter Stories November 26

Twitter is planning to take action against accounts that have been inactive for more than six months. This cleanup effort means that Twitter will also make usernames occupied by those inactive accounts available to the general public.

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