This week’s Trivia Tuesday is about the social microblogging service- Twitter. Here are 3 things you probably didn’t know about Twitter:
#1- How did Twitter get its name?
A ‘twitter’ is a consistent chirping noise a bird makes. In the same way, Twitter allows its users to communicate in short messages.
However, Twitter wasn’t the only name considered for their service. Some early names were considered such as “Jitter” and “Twitch”. It wasn’t until ‘twitch’ was looked up on the dictionary when ‘twitter’ was found. Glad I’m tweeting instead of twitching.
#2- Why is a tweet only 140 characters?
A tweet was originally meant for users to send messages on mobile phones. 160 characters is the maximum for a message sent via SMS. The missing 20 characters was meant to leave space for the username.
#3- How did Twitter come up with #hashtag?
While Twitter seemed to have invented the #hashtag, they were first used in a service called Internet Relay Chat, created in 1988. The pound symbol was meant to group common messages so when users search for a particular hashtag, they would get relevant results.
#hashtags are still used in the same fashion today, helping to identify trending topics. This function has spread to other different social networks, particularly Instagram and Pinterest.
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(In case you missed last week’s Trivia Tuesday about the stock market.)