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5 Years Later, Jack Dorsey Tweets About Twitter’s Beginning

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Jack Dorsey@jack
Jack Dorsey

5 years ago today we started programming Twitter (“twttr” for short). 8 days later the first tweet was sent: http://t.co/Vi5ii5A #twttr

about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneRetweetReply

Did you know it was exactly five years ago today that Jack Dorsey and a few other team members working at Odeo first started to work on what would become Twitter? How do I know? Dorsey is tweeting about it right now.

While programming began five years ago, it wasn’t until eight days later, on March 21, 2006, that Dorsey sent the famous first tweet: “inviting coworkers”.

Dorsey also notes that it was exactly five years ago that they got the official go ahead on the Twitter idea, then called “twttr“. He has also shared (via his Tumblr) the conversation he had with Biz Stone about the project on that day. The first mention:

me: Biz! How goes?  We’re starting work on the twttr implementation today.

Biz: really?! NICE

Dorsey also notes that the reason they initially droped the vowels out of Twitter was to try and get the SMS shortcode. …But Teen People already owned it.

Dorsey also promises to share more of his original drawings, emails, and notes about the early days of Twitter. Naturally, he’s going to share them on Twitter.

Jack Dorsey@jack
Jack Dorsey

I’ve been digging through all my drawings, emails, & notes from around that time. I’ll share them over the next 2 weeks right here on #twttr

about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhoneRetweetReply

Jack Dorsey@jack
Jack Dorsey

We were given the go ahead to work on the idea that morning. An IM conversation with @Biz letting him know:
http://t.co/iFsNQb2 #twttr

33 minutes ago via Twitter for iPadRetweetReply

Jack Dorsey@jack
Jack Dorsey

The team was small: @Noah came up with the name & managed, @florian & I programmed, @Biz designed, all under the roof of Odeo & @Ev. #twttr

28 minutes ago via Twitter for iPadRetweetReply

Jack Dorsey@jack
Jack Dorsey

The name Twitter came from @Noah Glass & the Oxford English: “a short inconsequential burst of information, chirps from birds.” #twttr

26 minutes ago via Twitter for iPadRetweetReply

Jack Dorsey@jack
Jack Dorsey

However, we wanted to focus on mobile, so we dropped the vowels to get the SMS shortcode 89887 (TWTTR). Too bad Teen People owned it. #twttr

22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPadRetweetReply

Jack Dorsey@jack
Jack Dorsey

inviting coworkers

March 21, 2006 2:02 pm via webRetweetReply

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