Happy Birthday Twitter

By Mathew Luschek
|  Sunday, Mar 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:15 PM PDT
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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)

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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.

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