It’s Finally SPRING!
Finally, Spring is here. To celebrate, today’s 5 @ 5 is going to be SPRING SONGS. Think…flowers, rain, leather jackets, etc. One catch…all requests must be made through TWITTER today because it’s Twitter’s 10th birthday!
Happy 10th Birthday, Twitter
How did Twitter even start? From The Verge:
The story has been often told: a startup named Odeo that made software for finding and listening to podcasts found itself near death after Apple added a podcast directory to iTunes. An eccentric engineer suggested doing something around statuses — something like AOL Instant Messenger’s old away messages, but distributed to friends using SMS. He and his teammates hacked together a prototype. And then, on March 21st, 2006, the iconic first tweet:
Had it remained a way to broadcast status updates, the service then called Twttr likely would not have endured. But in those early days it attracted a host of early-adopting smarty-pantses who saw potential for something more: having conversations with other users, coming together around a single keyword, amplifying messages to a broader audience.
Most of the defining events for Twitter have been what’s-going-on events. The US Airways flight landing on the Hudson. The pro-democracy protests of the Arab Spring, which were greatly amplified by Twitter. The riveting, terrifying hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. #BlackLivesMatter.
The result of all this user innovation and changing behavior was a global, real-time information network that, for those patient enough to tailor it to their interests, all but replaced the cable news networks that had preceded it. Twitter became the place where news broke, and the place where that news was discussed. Regrettably, it also came to host a torrent of abuse — something that users recognized as an existential threat to the company long before executives did. No user-led innovation could stamp out harassment — although users made several worthy efforts, including shared block lists, another idea later adopted by the company.
Twitter simply builds the infrastructure; it has always been up to the users to make it compelling. When I asked my own Twitter followers what their favorite tweets were, it struck me how nearly all of them were things that made them laugh. Shaq’s smart-ass reply to Oprah. The llama chase. Ed Balls. Zola. #TrapCover. I’m the same way. This is my favorite tweet ever, and it makes me laugh every time:
There are funny moments on every social network. But to me it seems indisputable that Twitter is the funniest.
Today Twitter’s future is uncertain as ever. The platform that its users invented turned out to support more than 300 million people, but not the billion or so that investors and advertisers were expecting. There’s a case to be made that enshrining so many user behaviors as features made Twitter less usable for newcomers — and why Twitter still finds itself trying explain what a retweet is a decade on. The company seems to be perpetually six months away from the product change that will make it intuitive to all. During the last quarter, Twitter’s active users declined for the first time, and it is not profitable.
Evolving at a glacial pace
But given how inventive users were in Twitter’s early years, it’s worth asking how things might have been different had the company continued to welcome their contributions. Had another generation of developers built Twitter apps of their own, experimenting with the way tweets were displayed and organized, it seems entirely possible the service could have found a broader audience. But that dream ended in September 2012, when Twitter announced changes that restricted developers from building third-party clients and making heavy use of its API. Twitter was once a design playground for developers; after 2012, the company became determined to chart its own destiny.
But Twitter flailed without those developers. The company churned through five vice presidents of product in five years. The company’s core apps evolved at a glacial pace, while the rest were neglected. When more significant changes arrived, longtime users have complained the company had betrayed them. Dorsey returned to the CEO role last year, hoping to blunt those users’ criticisms by putting in charge the person responsible for the founding vision.
A decade later it all still seems so improbable. That the company would survive years of boardroom intrigue, CEO shuffles, and crippling anxiety over how the product should evolve – and still become a public company.
Ten years later, Jack is still setting up his Twitter. But it’s a Twitter that is far broader and more significant than the one he first imagined. Twitter may have built Twitter. But users were the ones who made it. Amid today’s celebrations, the company ought to save a slice of cake for them, too.
10 Things to Know about Twitter From Venturebeat.com:
1. The first “tweet” came from co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.
2. Yep, it was originally called twittr. The early days of the Web 2.0 movement were dark times, when people believed that simply dropping vowels from a name would make it hip. Today, those people often have long beards and closely cropped hair on top.
3. Twitter has seen its revenue grow from $28.3 million in 2010 to $2.22 billion in 2015. Yeah!
4. In 10 years, Twitter has lost a total of $2.09 billion, as of Dec. 2015 (and counting). Gulp!
5. The company has had four CEOs in 10 years: Jack Dorsey-Evan Williams-Dick Costolo-Jack Dorsey.
6. Twitter had 3,900 full-time employees at the end of Dec. 2015. It hired 3,700 in the previous five years. The first five years of its existence, it was a lean, mean fighting machine with only 200 members in the flock.
7. That annoying Oscar photo by Ellen DeGeneres is still the most retweeted and liked tweet:
8. Cofounder Noah Glass picked the name Twitter after scouring the “tw” section of the dictionary.
9. Katy Perry is the most-followed person on Twitter, with 84.77 million followers. Sigh.
10. In November 2008, Facebook reportedly tried to buy Twitter for $500 million, back when that was a lot of money. Today, Twitter is worth $11.7 billion. (Though Facebook is worth $36.3 billion.)
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Our London Knights wrapped up the regular season with a 4-3 loss in Erie, third in the Western Conference. They will play the Owen Sound attack for the first round of the playoffs and they haven’t since 2011. 5 Years ago Own Sound eliminated the Knights from the first round in a six-game series.
Here’s the rest of the playoff picture from AM980:
Aside from London and Owen Sound, in the western conference, the Erie Otters will host the Saginaw Spirit, the Sarnia Sting will take on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Kitchener Rangers will play the Windsor Spitfires.
In the Eastern Conference, the Kingston Frontenacs will host the Oshawa Generals, the Barrie Colts will face the Mississauga Steelheads, the North Bay Battalion will play the Peterborough Petes, and the Niagara IceDogs take on the Ottawa 67’s.
Kitchener/Windsor, Barrie/Mississauga and Niagara/Ottawa will start their respective series on Thursday, all others will begin on Friday.
London Knights vs. Owen Sound:
Game 1, Fri, Mar 25 at London – 7:30 p.m.
Game 2, Sat, Mar 26 at London – 7:00 p.m.
Game 3, Mon, Mar 28 at Owen Sound – 7:00 p.m.
Game 4, Wed, Mar 30 at Owen Sound – 7:00 p.m.
Game 5, Fri, Apr 1 at London – 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6, Sun, Apr 3 at Owen Sound – 2:00 p.m.*
Game 7, Tues, Apr 5 at London – 7:00 p.m.*
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