In July 2006, the internet changed forever when a young man from Missouri gave us Twitter, a communications tool that delivers messages (in 140 characters or less) to computers, tablets, and mobile devices worldwide. Today it’s everywhere you look. You can’t even get through your favorite TV show without network executives throwing a discussion thread #hashtag at you.
Get the #Picture?
Worth about $4 billion at the beginning of 2011, Twitter recently unveiled a new photo and video feature that allows “Tweeple” to add more dynamic content to their tweets. A very cool option – even though most of us have already been doing it for years.
What took them so long? It may seem that Twitter is slow to evolve, but the fact of the matter is that the real magic of Twitter isn’t the tool itself – it’s that it’s an open source software. This allows other developers to work with Twitter to help push it farther. Programs like TweetDeck and Hootsuite have been busy for years uploading photos, shrinking links, scheduling tweets, and even tracking and analyzing twitter data.
It’s up to us where, when, and how we want to tweet. Although Twitter now allows photo posting, I’ll probably stick with Hootsuite. At a rate of thousands of tweets per second, it seems to be working out just fine for that young man from Missouri.