Cute. Even the cat’s getting into technology. 🙂
On March 21st 2006, Twitter was born, and it’s first tweet by founder Jack Dorsey read, “Just setting up my twttr.” It was launched to the public in August of that year, and quickly grew. Interesting isn’t it? Because Twitter doesn’t feel seven years old. And why? It didn’t truly take off until around 2009.
In my explorations of finding out more about Twitter, I searched the web. It was there I located the oldest article, one from the New York Times dated April 30th 2007. It explained Twitter as being a mini-blog, where a user can broadcast short text messages from their phones and computers to those of friends and strangers. It was expected Twitter would be a curiosity, which is why the creators gave it a flippant name to match.
What they didn’t know back then was how it would morph. Today it’s huge. Figures released at the end of 2012 state there are 500 million users. Twitter’s catching up to Facebook, which truly proves we like to stay in touch. This all makes me wonder though what the tech-gurus will come up with next? What more social media platforms could we possibly need?
As I consider this, I’m reminded of the rises and falls in time. This week my Nanna (who’s 88) sent me a letter. Yep, the old-fashioned way, by post. She doesn’t have a computer, and she likes to put pen to paper, so that’s the way it goes. She’s probably the only person I actually still write to. I even grab a pen too, a biggy for me since I can whip out close to 80 words a minute and I’d rather type it. She also pops in photographs and newspaper clippings which might interest me. I send her family photos, too. I can’t have her missing out. But it’s these letters and the content which exactly mirror Twitter and Facebook. The written word and images. This is how we keep in touch, no matter how technology advances. The basics are still there.
So, back to the question. What’s the next revolution? Today, everything is at our fingertips. Wireless technology has boomed and cell phones are becoming a do-it-all tool. What are your thoughts? What are those gurus going to offer us next? Take a look at this then and now picture of Times Square in New York.
This happened in my grandmother’s lifetime, so what else is going to happen in mine? Do you think about the “then and now” as I do? Drop me a comment. I love hearing from you. Also, congratulations to Julie Wallace, the winner of an ebook copy of PROTECTOR, for my blog’s “Lucky In Love Blog Hop” prize. Enjoy the read, Julie.
You all have a great week. Catch ya later.