We’re all familiar with the baby blue bird logo that represents one of today’s Social Media giants – Twitter. Limited to 140 characters, we tell the world what’s on our mind – much like Facebook, but just a condensed version. Some of today’s biggest celebrities include Twitter as a measure of their popularity, and why not? All the cool kids are on it, and so should they!
Without further ado, here are some facts you probably didn’t know about Twitter’s history:
The original name was ‘twttr’
Yup, that’s right. They originally skipped the vowels in the name and colored the logo green, without the cute bird icon. The original logo had a slimy and wet look to it in different shades of green that reminded you of slime… gross. I, much like the rest of the world, am very happy they changed it!
Twitter was created on a playground
The founders of Twitter were horsing around at a playground in San Francisco when Twitter was officially born. The team were on top of a slide where they came up with the idea of something super simple that you didn’t have think about it… you just write your unedited thoughts. From there, the rest is history…
Larry, the Twitter Bird
Yep, that cute baby blue bird has a name: Larry. If the name rings a bell, it’s because they named it after famed basketball player Larry Bird from the Boston Celtics. It’s rumoured that Larry was named by one of the company’s co-founders who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. I personally think that ‘Blue Bird’ would’ve been just as cute…
Larry Bird was not the only beloved animal on Twitter at one point. Whenever the site was down for scheduled maintenance or unplanned downtime, they used to have a Beluga whale appear to indicate the site is being worked on. Unfortunately, the whale has swum away into the Twitter sunset and can no longer be seen on the website.
‘Tweets’ almost didn’t happen
Originally, the founders didn’t like the idea of calling posts on its websites as ‘tweets’. They thought that the term was “too cute” for the true intention of Twitter. But as we know today, the term stuck, as its users really liked the term. Moral of the story? Listen to your customers!
Hashtags on Twitter = mic drop on stage
Ever seen people do mic drops when they’re on stage? It usually means they’re trying to end on a high note, proving a point, etc. To Twitter, hashtags are the equivalent of mic drops, as they recently revealed. Before Twitter, we of course really only referred to it as “pound” on telephone keypads. Today, some kids are even named hashtags! I hope those kids won’t have a hard time on the playground getting teased by other kids for their very unique name!
I vaguely remember when Twitter first came out – a radio station I listened to said it was going to be “the next big thing”. Sure enough, more than a decade later, it’s one of the most addictive Social Media platforms that exist today, with no signs of slowing down!