See the Notepad Scribble That Evolved Into Twitter [PHOTO]

March 14, 2011 9:23 am

Like most great companies, Twitter too was born out of sketch on a notepad. Twitter creator Jack Dorsey is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the micro-blogging service by tweeting facts and images about the creation of the website back in the early 2000s.

Dorsey tells the story of the creation of Twitter, explaining after beginning programming the service five years ago, the first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006. It read “inviting coworkers,” surprisingly similar to Alexander Graham Bell’s first words on his newly invented telephone, “Watson–come here–I want to see you.”

I drew out the original idea on this notepad around 2001, named Just needed the right time & team. #twttrless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad

But it was five years before that when Dorsey had originally come up with the idea for, the name for the platform that would eventually become Twitter. They’re original focus was mobile (the reason for 140 characters) so they dropped the vowels to acquire the SMS shortcode 89887 (TWTTR), but quickly learned that Teen People owned it already.

For more tidbits on the history of Twitter, follow Jack Dorsey on Twitter at @Jack!

The name Twitter came from @Noah Glass & the Oxford English: “a short inconsequential burst of information, chirps from birds.” #twttrless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad