Twitter Turns Five

History can be brief.

The first tweet by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was ““just setting up my twttr.”  The next one (see above) was about sharing.

Today Twitter turns five years old.  Amazing how fast Twitter had changed the concept of sharing and online communications while amassing a passionate user base of more than 200 million people around the world.

Twitter has become a window to the world.  A real-time scroll of what is happening on our planet.  We can virtually attend conferences, chat with friends across the country, experience the tragedy of earthquakes and discover in real-time the revolutions that are shaking the Middle East.

Twitter had become a powerful business tool.  A sales channels.  A marketing powerhouse.  An instant trendspotter.  It is an RSS feed.  A discovery index.

Twitter is so versatile that we probably haven’t discovered what it is best for yet.

To celebrate Twitter’s fifth birthday, here are some of my favorite quotes about the Internet’s telegraph service:

“Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite The Iliad.”Bruce Sterling, author and journalist.

“Dale Carnegie would love Twitter. He would use it to reach his clients faster and more frequently… Carnegie would also teach his client to use Twitter to win friends and influence even more people.” From “Enchantment” by Guy Kawasaki

“Whoever said that things have to be useful?”Ev Williams, Twitter co-founder

“For the uninitiated, here’s how Twitter works – I have no f–king idea. I have no idea how it works – or why it is.”John Stewart, comedian

“So far, Twitter is like hanging out in the speakers’ lounge. Meaningless chatter from smart people.”Alan Stevens, professional speaker

“140 characters ought to be enough for anybody.”Bill Gates

Any quotes about Twitter than you’d like to add?


The first Twitter tweet


  1. The Web v. the Book - Gerald R. Lucas - January 21, 2013

    […] babble” — you know, the nonsense that makes up most of our lives. About Twitter, Bruce Sterling states, “Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio […]

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