DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Twitter was supposed to be called Friendstalker? No joke, had Evan Williams had his way, we would be ‘friendstalking’ instead of tweeting. This was revealed in a book written by New York Times technology reporter Nick Bilton. In Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, Bilton writes that while Noah Glass was discussing the name of the company, this happened: Soon, the question of a name came up. Williams jokingly suggested calling the project "Friendstalker," which was ruled out as too creepy. Glass became obsessive, flipping through a physical dictionary, almost word by word, looking for the right name. One late afternoon, alone in his apartment, he reached over to his cellphone and turned it to silent, which caused it to vibrate. He quickly considered the name "Vibrate," which he nixed, but it led him to the word "twitch." He dismissed that too, but he continued through the "Tw" section of the dictionary: twist, twit, twitch, twitcher, twitchy . . . and then, there it was. He read the definition aloud. "The light chirping sound made by certain birds." This is it, he thought. "Agitation or excitement; flutter." Twitter.
The dictionary definition of Twitter is "a short burst of inconsequential information." These small bursts of information are called tweets. Each tweet is 140 characters in length, maximum. In 2018, however, Twitter decided to double the character limit to 280. Buffer, a social media management platform company, conducted a social media science study about the best time to tweet. They’ve found out that the noon to 1:00 PM local time, on average for each time zone, is the most popular time to tweet. Evenings and late at night are the times when your tweets receive the most favorites and retweets, on average.