What is Twitter and Why Twitter was Started?

I wanted to share part of this story with you that was posted on the Twitter blog from The Sunday Times December 27, 2009. Now when people ask you what is Twitter you will know what to tell them.

Biz Stone, a co-founder of Twitter writes about…

What is Twitter? Primarily Twitter Serves as a Real-Time Information Network Powered by People.


My co-founder Evan Williams and I have spent the past 10 years developing large systems that allow people to express themselves and communicate openly. We are united in our belief that software has the ability to augment humanity in productive and meaningful ways.

Many people have assumed that Twitter is just another social network, some kind of micro-blogging service, or both. It can be these things but primarily Twitter serves as a real-time information network powered by people around the world discovering what’s happening and sharing the news. The Iranian election was the most discussed issue on Twitter in the final year of a decade defined by advancements in information access.

In the new year, Twitter will begin supporting a billion search queries a day. We will be delivering several billion tweets per hour to users around the world. These are figures we did not anticipate when we founded the company in 2007.

Looking back, the year is a blur, but that one summer morning remains fixed in my memory because it is a powerful reminder of why we find it meaningful to develop technology. Click Here for the full story

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