Happy 6th Birthday Twitter

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The social network and breaking news service Twitter turns six years old on March 21st, 2012.  The service had humble beginnings and now has 500 million users.  Those users now include every news outlet, celebrity, athlete, teens and just about anyone with a phone.

St. Louisan Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet on this day in 2006.  He was the CEO of a side project called Twitter of the podcasting company Odeo. It was meant as a short messaging system for emergencies.  The project immediately showed potential but it  was plagued by frequent downtime.  You still see the ‘Fail Whale’ sometimes while using the service.

This year the service has made a major strides in reach.  It has been baked into Apple’s iOS products like the iPhone and iPad.  There have also been rumors of an IPO coming in the future.

More:  http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2011/04/jack-dorsey-201104