Monday, 21 March 2011

The Web 3.0 standard Twitter turns 5 years old and has already changed the world

Twitter turns 5: From 0 to 140 million tweets a day - Mar. 21, 2011:

"NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Five years ago today, Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey blasted off the very first tweet. What began as an experiment in 'microblogging' -- no more than 140 characters, please -- has become a cultural landmark.

"Twitter now has 200 million users, including tech luminaries, celebrities and the president of the United States. It started off slowly: In 2007, Twitter averaged just 5,000 tweets per day. But in 2009, the site hit a tipping point and became a broadcast channel for major news events."

Its truly amazing that the foundation of Web 3.0, a tool accessed via PCs, laptops, Androids, iPhones, Blackberries and other smart phones all over the world, from Lagos to Moscow to Hong Kong was launched only 5 years ago. And at the time no one got it. To put this in perspective at that point Vista was launched, the iPad was already several years old, SharePoint had 2007 in beta and the GOP was in its last year of control of Congress. That was not very long ago, and yet already we are seeing 140,000,000 tweets every day by over 50,000,000 tweeps!

The Web 3.0 Lab anticipates that this trend of accelerated uptake will continue as the focus of computing moves from the PC to the handheld and tablet device. Apps can be developed much more easily than full flown applications and web sites and distributed at lower cost.

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