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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 15

Twitter has been working on its subscription service for a while now. Today, researcher Jane Manchun Wong said the service is going to be called Twitter Blue and, as for now, is priced at $2.99/month.

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Twitter Stories May 14

Following the release of iOS 14.5 to the public last month, multiple apps began asking users to enable the App Tracking option. With the latest version of the Twitter app for iOS, users are now being asked to enable tracking in order to receive “relevant ads.”

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Twitter Stories May 13

Last year, Twitter was planning to relaunch its verification program in January 2021, which didn’t happen. Now, the social network has been reportedly planning to finally make available its new self-served Verification Request form next week.

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Twitter Stories May 6

After some rumors and hints found in its mobile app, Twitter announced today that it is now rolling out the new “Tip Jar” feature to some users. With this new option, creators on Twitter will be able to easily receive money from their followers.

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Twitter Stories May 5

After one year of testing, Twitter is finally launching its offensive tweet warning feature for all users to encourage people to pause and reconsider a potentially harmful or offensive reply before they hit send.

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Twitter Stories May 4

Twitter announced today that it is acquiring Scroll, a subscription platform for users who don’t want to read content with ads but still support publishers to bring in more revenue than with traditional ads on a page. This comes as part of Twitter’s plan to build its own subscription service.

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