Twitter: History and Impact - from SXSW to Occupy

The history of Twitter dates back to 1999 when Evan Williams founded the web journal service Blogger. That company was bought by Google, and eventually Williams left to start Odeo with Noah Glass. Google employee Biz Stone quickly joined them, but soon Odeo lost focus. Star employee Jack Dorsey came up with the idea of a service that focused on status updates, and soon after Twitter was born. Events like 2007’s SXSW Festival, the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup all saw explosions in Twitter use, and since that time it has become a valuable source of breaking news and an important marketing tool for celebrities. In this video, explores the meteoric rise of its company of the year for 2011: Twitter.

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