Back on Valentine's day 2007 I signed up to this weird short messaging thing that posted your status updates on a web page and sent them as SMS messages to your mobile phone - it was called Twitter
. At that stage it had been going for almost a year very quietly somewhere - Jack Dorsey actually sent the first tweet on a service then called twttr on 21 March 2006
with it launching publicly in July 2006 (although contrary to popular belief, Twitter was invented in 1935
At the start of 2007 it was a best kept secret, and didn't even start as a separate company until April of that year. I was early enough to grab a 2 character ID, my normal nickname in business, DT
. Those few of us that were cool enough to have heard about it then were the social media early adopters who usually signed up to any and every new web 2.0
service and tried to figure out if it was useful. Twitter didn't really begin to take off until a few months later when two big plasma screens were set up displaying Twitter as the official backchannel at South by South West 2007
(SxSW). From that point user take up really began to spread.
A year ago Twitter users were sending ...