Twitter Turns 5; Microblogging Service Now Generating 1 Billion Tweets a Week (VIDEO)

Twitter Turns 5; Microblogging Service Now Generating 1 Billion Tweets a Week (VIDEO)

Twitter Turns 5; Microblogging Service Now Generating 1 Billion Tweets a Week (VIDEO)

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March 21 2011 8:16 PM

Twitter Turns 5; Microblogging Service Now Generating 1 Billion Tweets a Week (VIDEO)


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Happy 5th Birthday, Twitter! The wildly popular microblogging service has come a long way since co-founder Jack Dorsey first tweeted, "just setting up my twttr," back on March 21, 2006.



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How far? It took more than 38 months to reach 1illion tweets. Now, Twitter’s 190 million users create 1 billion of the 140 character-or-less posts in a week. The huge volume of "what I had for breakfast" updates and banal observations from the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Britney Spears make Twitter an easy target.



But Twitter has also been a communications hub for anti-government uprisings in Iran and Egypt. And by some accounts, the company now has a market value of nearly $10 billion. Oh, and it recently welcomed the "winning" Charlie Sheen to its user ranks.