CHENNAI: The platform that encapsulated the English language in 140 characters has come to celebrate its first decade. Started on March 19, 2006, Twitter has 320 million users (as of December 31, 2015), which ranks right after Instagram with 400 million users and Facebook that has 1.5 billion users.
One of the charms of the micro-blogging site is that users share what they have to say within 140 characters. The social networking platform has also been fraught with controversies regarding design and interface changes. The Twitter algorithmic timeline has been slowly sinking in, with users receiving information on what is popular, rather than chronological updates.
Another controversy on increasing the characters from 140 to 10,000 characters was recently put to rest by Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, who recently said that the 140-character limit is here to stay.
With every passing year, Twitter has grown exponentially, with the growth of its user base only slowing down in 2015. One advantage of the platform is that people can view tweets without actually logging in, making it a more accessible social platform.