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Twitteris an online news and social networking service where users post messages in the form of "tweets", and are restricted to 140 characters. Twitter was created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams, and on July of the same year, the site successfully launched. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter its website interface on desktops, laptops, tablets and on mobile devices. Twitter is based in San Francisco, California and to date has more than 25 offices around the world.

Twitter´s Dorsey sent out the first message on Twitter on March 21, 2006. It was 9:50 the evening. The message read was, "just setting up my twttr". In the initial stages, Twitter functioned differently than existing social networks at the time. For example, many came to question why you can only tweet 140 characters. This is largely due to the fact that Twitter was designed at the beginning as an SMS mobile phone-based platform. The 140 characters were the limit that cell phone carriers imposed on the SMS protocol standard.

Unlike the present days where user growth has been lackluster, Twitter had an explosive growth just a year after launching its operations. Conforming to Wikipedia, Twitter had 400,000 tweets posted for every quarter in 2007. By 2008, the number of tweets grew into the millions. Exactly 100 million tweets posted for each quarter for that year. In addition, the company recorded more than 70,000 registered applications helping the social platform grew to new heights. What is even more surprising is that by 2011 the number of daily tweets reached 140 million. It also came into prominence during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Twitter did grow to great heights but not before racking up some controversies and issues along the way. The platform had been used to organize protests and inspire "Twitter Revolutions". These included the April 2009 Moldovan parliamentary election protests, the 2009 student protests in Austria, 2009 Gaza-Israel conflict, 2009 Iran Revolution, 2010 Bolivarian Revolution, and others.

After these record-breaking years of growth, usage, and revenue the company moved to the next phase in its evolution. As of September 12, 2013, Twitter had an initial public offering (IPO) and filed papers with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission. Twitter at the time of filing planned to raise $1 billion as the basis for its stock market debut. By November 7, 2013, the microblogging site began trading stock on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Twitter shares opened at $26.00 and closed at $44.90, which gave the company a value of $31 billion.

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