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.

What they have been up to the last few years

During the last few years, Twitter has also grown to a well known brand. To the mobile community, Twitter has been integrated into the iOS and comes with every iPhone. To the developers community, Twitter is well known for publishing Twitter bootstrap, a documentation of the various popular HTML, CSS, and Javascript user interface components and interactions. The company has grown to more than 900 employees worldwide as of April 2012. Recently, the company too set up a beautiful new headquarters in San Francisco, which takes up three floors at 1355 Market Street. Earlier in February, Twitter hit yet another huge milestone: it has surpassed its 500 millionth registered user, out of which more than 140 million are active users. Twitter also supports more than 30 languages.

What’s moving forward for Twitter?

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.

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