Just like most things in life, twitter began with a single thought; a single thought by Jack Dorsey who introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group to his colleagues at podcasting company Odeo. Noah Glass, Evan Williams, and Biz Stone all saw the idea as fascinating and work started on the project on March 21, 2006 when Dorsey published the first twitter message at 9:50pm Pacific Standard Time(PST): “just setting up my twttr”. Jack Dorsey said of the name ‘twitter’; “we came across the word ‘twitter’, and it was just perfect. The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information’ and ‘chirps from birds’. And that’s exactly what tge product was.” The world witnessed the birth of a social network service and microblogging site like no other with the advent of twitter.

The product’s quality was tested internally by using its first prototype as an internal service for employees of podcasting company Odeo, where the founders worked at the time. The full version was consequently released and introduced publicly on July 15, 2006. Ever since, twitter has witnessed a tremendous increase in usage. The founders believed so much in the prospect of twitter that they acquired Odeo and all of its assets from the investors and shareholders.

In the same year, twitter took off on its own as a company, the company recorded 400,000 tweets posted per quarter. This grew to 100million tweets posted per quarter in 2008. By February 2010, Twitter users were already sending 50million tweets per day which rose to 65million in June, equalling about 750tweets per second. As of March 2011, Twitter recorded about 140million tweets posted daily. This figure had increased exponentially by March 21, 2012 when Twitter announced that it has 140million users and sees 340million tweets per day as the social networking and microblogging site celebrated its sixth birthday.

It all started with a thought that popped up on Jack Dorsey’s mind, with a sketch on a sheet of paper; like those numerous thoughts that often pop up in our minds. Just a single thought well-nurtured may change our fortunes forever. Just one good thought on Jack Dorsey’s mind six years ago has brought about one of the biggest social networking sites in history, and one of the ten-most+visited websites worldwide (Alexa’s web traffic analysis). Give way to those burgeoning thoughts today and you may well write your name with gold in the sands of time.

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