Tweets were originally restricted to how many characters?
A: 140 characters.
On November 7, 2017, this limit was doubled to 280 for all languages except what?
A: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only do what?
A: Read them.
How do users access Twitter?
A: Through its website interface, through Short Message Service (SMS) or its mobile-device application software ("app").
Twitter, Inc. is based where?
A: In San Francisco, California, and has more than 25 offices around the
When was Twitter created?
A: In March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams and launched in July of that year.
In 2012, how many users posted 340 million tweets a day?
A: More than 100 million.
In 2013, it was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as what?
A: The SMS of the Internet.
As of 2018, Twitter had how many monthly active users?
A: More than 321 million.
During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Twitter was the largest source of what?
A: Breaking news on the day, with 40 million election-related tweets sent by 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) that day.
Twitter's origins lie in a "daylong brainstorming session" held by board members of what company?
A: The podcasting company Odeo.
Jack Dorsey, then an undergraduate student at
New York University, introduced what idea?
A: The idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.
What was the original project code name for the service?
A: It was twttr, an idea that Williams later ascribed to Noah Glass, inspired by Flickr and the five-character length of American SMS short codes.
Work on the project started on March 21, 2006, when Dorsey published what?
A: The first Twitter message at 9:50 p.m.
Time (PST): "just setting up my twttr".
The first Twitter prototype, developed by Dorsey and contractor Florian Weber, was used as what?
A: It was used as an internal service for Odeo employees and the full version was introduced publicly on July 15, 2006.
In October 2006, Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Dorsey, and other members of Odeo formed what?
A: Obvious Corporation and acquired Odeo, together with its assets — including Odeo.com and Twitter.com — from the investors and shareholders.
Williams fired whom?
A: Glass, who was silent about his part in Twitter's startup until 2011.
When did Twitter spin off into its own company?
A: I April 2007.
What was the tipping point for Twitter's popularity?
A: It was the 2007 South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference.
During the event, Twitter usage increased from 20,000 tweets per day to how many?
Where did the Twitter people cleverly place two 60-inch plasma screens?
A: In the conference hallways, exclusively streaming Twitter messages," remarked Newsweek's Steven Levy.
"Hundreds of conference-goers kept tabs on each other via what?
A: Constant twitters.
Reaction at the conference was what?
A: Highly positive.
Twitter staff received the festival's Web Award prize with what remark?
A: The remark "we'd like to thank you in 140 characters or less. And we just did!"
When was the first unassisted off-Earth Twitter message posted from the
InternationalSpace Station by NASA astronaut T. J. Creamer?
A: On January 22, 2010.
By late November 2010, an average of a dozen updates per day were posted where?
A: On the astronauts' communal account, @NASA_Astronauts.
In August 2010, the company appointed whom from News Corp.'s
Fox Audience Network as president of revenue?
A: Adam Bain.
How many tweets were posted per quarter in 2008?
A: It had 400,000 tweets posted per quarter in 2007.
This grew to how many tweets posted per quarter in 2008?
A: 100 million.
In February 2010, Twitter users were sending how many tweets per day?
A: 50 million.
As of June 2010, how many tweets were posted each day?
A: about 65 million, equaling about 750 tweets sent each second, according to Twitter.
As of March 2011, that was about how many tweets posted daily?
A: 140 million.
When did Twitter move up to the third-highest-ranking social networking site?
A: In January 2009 from its previous rank of twenty-second.
Twitter's usage spikes during what?
A: During prominent events.
A record was set during the 2010 FIFA World Cup when fans wrote 2,940 tweets per second in the thirty-second period after what happened?
A: Japan scored against Cameroon on June 14.
The record was broken again when 3,085 tweets per second were posted after what?
A: After the Los Angeles Lakers' victory in the 2010 NBA Finals on June 17.
When was the record set again?
A: During the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final between Japan and the United States, when 7,196 tweets per second were published.
When American singer Michael Jackson died on June 25,
2009, Twitter servers crashed after users were updating their status to include the words "Michael Jackson" at what rate?
A: At a rate of 100,000 tweets per hour.
Another record was set as of August 3, 2013 in Japan, with 143,199 tweets per second during a
television screening of what?
A: The movie Castle in the Sky (beating the previous record of 33,388, also set by Japan for the television screening of the same