5 things you need to know about Twitter

Twitter has been making headlines, not for the tweets themselves but how the social media company has been handling them, especially the statements made by President Donald Trump.

But what do you really know about the social media platform?

Here are five facts about Twitter:

1. Jack Dorsey started the social media platform. It was a project in connection with Odeo's podcasting platform, History.com reported.

Originally it was supposed to work by sending a text to friends using a single number, but then it expanded to a microblogging service known as Twttr, according to History. The name eventually changed to Twitter. Dorsey had a couple of partners -- Biz Stone, Florian Weber and Noah Glass, but it was Dorsey who sent out the first tweet, Mashable reported.

It was finally released to the public about four months later July 15, 2006.

2. Dorsey said the name Twitter came from Glass and Oxford English, Wired reported for the company's 10th anniversary.

3. The idea of a hashtag, when it started back in 2007, wasn’t called hashtag. It was called pound.

4. The first big breaking news story that took Twitter by storm was the Miracle on the Hudson when Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger landed a plane on the Hudson River, Wired reported.

It also broke news before to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

And was used to organize protestors during Occupy Wall Street in 2011.

5. The Library of Congress has a record of the Twitter archive consisting of any public tweet from March 2006 through the end of 2017. Starting Jan. 1 2018, the Library of Congress changed to a selective collection, Wired reported.

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