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    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 14: Attendees mingle during a break at the first annual Chirp, Twitter Developer's Conference April 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Chirp, the Twitter Devloper's Conference is a two day event for developers who work with the popular social networking service. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Five years ago today, Twitter was born. Founder Jack Dorsey has been reminiscing and posting thoughts on the social platform. In those early days, Twitter was called Twittr.

    Via Twitter, @jack talks about the beginning,

    "5 years ago today we started programming Twitter ("twttr" for short). 8 days later the first tweet was sent"

    "I've been digging through all my drawings, emails, & notes from around that time. I'll share them over the next 2 weeks right here on #twttr"

    "We were given the go ahead to work on the idea that morning. An IM conversation with @Biz letting him know: http://t.co/iFsNQb2 #twttr"

    "We were given the go ahead to work on the idea that morning. An IM conversation with @Biz letting him know: http://t.co/iFsNQb2 #twttr"

    "The team was small: @Noah came up with the name & managed, @florian & I programmed, @Biz designed, all under the roof of Odeo & @Ev. #twttr"

    "The name Twitter came from @Noah Glass & the Oxford English: "a short inconsequential burst of information, chirps from birds." #twttr"

    "However, we wanted to focus on mobile, so we dropped the vowels to get the SMS shortcode 89887 (TWTTR). Too bad Teen People owned it. #twttr"

    "I drew out the original idea on this notepad around 2001, named stat.us. Just needed the right time & team. http://t.co/aMft0SM #twttr"

    "A week earlier, @Biz & I worked on the design to show Odeo before programming. Here's the first twttr.com. http://t.co/s1gPjKv #twttr"

    "A design for the logged in following page (then called "friends"): http://t.co/ODFsNK2 #twttr"

    You can read all of Jack's thoughts and check out his links, on his Twitter feed.