Twitter tightens content access as 6th birthday draws near. Birdy becoming a social meanie?
Twitter, which was launched on 15th July 2006, will be turning six in just a few days. The company has grown tremendously over the last few years and thanks to Twitter, the world is closer and more “real-time” than ever.
It began as a side project amongst a few coworkers at a podcasting company in San Francisco called Odeo.
How it has impacted the way we communicate
Twitter has impacted the way we communicate profoundly. It aims to be the pulse of the planet, and today, Twitter has become one of the main channels for brands to reach out to its community. It has also replaced traditional mainstream news in terms of the speed of news propagation and exchange of information. However, this can be a double edged sword as there is no proper filtering of which news are accurate and which ones are speculative news. Twitter has also empowered netizens by filling up an important gap in the digital democracy: almost anyone with access to the internet can leverage on Twitter to share and spread his or her idea, and everyone stands an equal chance to be heard.
Recently, Twitter introduced a few alarming announcements: It terminated its partnership with LinkedIn, and tweets will no longer be available on LinkedIn. Other than that, it has also been reported that “major changes are coming in the next few months which will move Twitter from an open platform popular among independent developers towards a walled garden more akin to Facebook,” according to The Verge. In the same article, popular venture capitalist Mark Suster explained that: “Twitter wants to be a media company, like Facebook, and it believes the best way to do that is to tightly control when and where people can access its content.”
Undeniably, as the company grows, it would definitely want to have more control over the data and content curated by its battalion of users. While Twitter continues to grow and sets its agenda around generating more revenue, let us just hope that the company does not sacrifice user experience over profit, because user experience is one of the few things that make or break companies.
Before Twitter publishes its next infographic, let us take a look at their previous infographic when they turned five.