Top 5 Unknown Facts About Twitter
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the world’s richest person, acquired Twitter for $44 billion earlier this week. After the acquisition, Elon & Twitter both are all over the headlines.
Today, we are sharing 5 unknown facts about Twitter that might surprise you.
‘Twitter’s Hatching’ book by Nick Bilton claims that Mark Juckerberg tried twice to acquire Twitter through official channels & co-founder Jack Dorsey.
After the both failed attempts, Mark commented, “[Twitter is] Such a mess, like they drove a clown into a gold mine and fell into it.”
Once Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, told the media that they were about to name their platform as ‘Twitch’.
But one day they found the word ‘Twitter’ in an dictionary which has three meanings:
- Chirping of birds and
- Random Talks
- Irrelevant Set of Information.
They thought that the word exactly matches with the objective of their platform. Thus they finalize the term ‘Twitter’.
In 2019, Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire & founder of Japanese online retailer Zozo Inc, announced an offer.
He offered to give 100 million Yen to randomly selected 100 people. Participants would have to follow him & Retweet his post.
His tweet got retweeted over 5 million times. Thus it became the highest number of Retweets ever.
The first-ever Tweet was “just setting up my twttr,” posted by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter. Dorsey had posted it on 21st March, 2006 at 09:50 pm.
Last year this Tweet was sold for $2.9 million as an NFT to a Malaysian businessman. Dorsey had promised that the amount will be donated as a charity.
The hashtag was invented by a Twitter user – Chris Messina. He used it randomly to make tweets more searchable.
He pitched this idea to Twitter. But Twitter called it a ‘nerdy idea’ and rejected it completely.
Two months later Chris asked other users to tweet about the San Diego wildfires using hashtags. A lot of users did so, eventually Twitter had to update their algorithms & made the hashtags clickable.
Were you aware of these 5 facts? Which fact surprised you the most?
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