Twitter’s REAL Hashtag Pioneers

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If you’re the kind of person who believes everything written on Wikipedia (and even TV/radio organisations seem to regard Wiki as fact these days), there’s no point in you reading this.

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The Mystery of the First Tweet on Twitter

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Above: What might have been. A speculative mock up of the REAL first Tweet on Twitter.

When asked about the first Tweet on Twitter, many long-time users of the site will probably refer to Jack Dorsey’s “just setting up my twttr” message of Tuesday 21st March 2006. Here it is…

This Tweet is widely recognised as the “first Tweet on Twitter”, and it is unquestionably the earliest Tweet surviving in public view. But there are some fascinating geek facts surrounding the oft-retweeted submission. For a start, it was not posted by a human being, and as we’re about to see, it was almost certainly NOT the first ever message posted to the service. Continue reading The Mystery of the First Tweet on Twitter

Secret Twitter: Official Test Accounts

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We all get excited about finding things we weren’t meant to see, but for an Internet historian there’s a special kind of excitement in discovering official Twitter test accounts. Continue reading Secret Twitter: Official Test Accounts

The History of Online Photo Sharing: Part 2

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If you missed Part 1 of this history, you can find it via the following link…

The History of Online Photo Sharing: Part 1

If you’ve already read Part 1, let’s step forward into the mid noughties…

2004

It was in the wake of Photobucket’s arrival that ventures such as ImageShack and ImageVenue followed – also offering free hotlinking to big sharing platforms (i.e. the forums). Indeed, 2004 brought a wave of these new, free, image publishing hosts into being. ImageShack became a huge player, but it was Flickr, born in mid February 2004, that really took things to the next level… Continue reading The History of Online Photo Sharing: Part 2

The History of Online Photo Sharing: Part 1

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As we head into the final quarter of 2015, free photo sharing on the Internet is staggeringly ubiquitous, and is something most of us take for granted. Today, most online image sharing is really publishing – making images available (or at least potentially available) to a wide audience, most of whom may not be known to the image creator.

But whilst this phenomenon is now deeply entrenched in Web culture, it’s still relatively new. It’s easy to forget that the technology to even capture digital images did not gain great presence in the mainstream until long after the Internet became a recognised resource. It’s also easy to forget that until June 2011, photos could not be uploaded directly to tweets (I know, imagine not having a photo-upload button on a tweet composition box!). And for some of us, it’s getting harder by the week to remember the roots of online photo sharing. When did all this start, and how did it take over our lives? Continue reading The History of Online Photo Sharing: Part 1

The History of Twitter in Profile Pages: 2006 to 2015

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Looking at the slick impact of today’s desktop Twitter profile page, there’s little hint of the fact that the site grew out of a simple mobile text messaging app. But grow it certainly did, and with Twitter now staggeringly influential in world media, it’s fascinating to trace things right back to the humble beginnings and chart the site’s aesthetic evolution. So, in one epic post, here’s the history of Twitter, visually represented in the changing face of its profile page, from the inception year of 2006, to the time of writing. Most captures have been edited to reduce the height of the timeline, but all efforts have been made to retain the essence of the layout…

2006

Heading the post is the profile page of co-founder Jack Dorsey in its early November 2006 incarnation. Apart from the primitive look of the page, there are several points of note. Tweets were referred to as Updates, there was no total for Favorites displayed, and most interestingly, the Following total was referred to as Friends. Even today, many Twitter users and third party apps substitute the word Friends for Following, but in order to see the “Friends” terminology in official use on the profile page, you have to go right back the site’s birth year of 2006. Continue reading The History of Twitter in Profile Pages: 2006 to 2015