Today is Twitter’s 7th Birthday. Happy Birthday Twitter!
Jack Dorsey posted the first ever tweet on 21 March 2006, 1:50pm PDT. (22 March, 4:50am Singapore time) It was just a simple tweet saying that he is setting up his twttr. Nope, this wasn’t a typo. Twitter was initially called twttr.
Twitter has come a long way. Today, there are more than 200 million active users posting over 400 million Tweets each day. Amazing. Can’t wait to see what you’ll tweet next.
On a unrelated note, Twitter was recently granted a patent for “device independent message distribution platform”.
A system (and method) for device-independent point to multipoint communication is disclosed. The system is configured to receive a message addressed to one or more destination users, the message type being, for example, Short Message Service (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM), E-mail, web form input, or Application Program Interface (API) function call. The system also is configured to determine information about the destination users, the information comprising preferred devices and interfaces for receiving messages, the information further comprising message receiving preferences. The system applies rules to the message based on destination user information to determine the message endpoints, the message endpoints being, for example, Short Message Service (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM), E-mail, web page output, or Application Program Interface (API) function call. The system translates the message based on the destination user information and message endpoints and transmits the message to each endpoint of the message.
In 140 characters, it means Twitter has patented itself.
But don’t worry. Twitter most likely won’t use the patent to sue other companies. Last year, Twitter announced its Innovator’s Patent Agreement (IPA) where it promises that patents will only be used for defensive purposes.