5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Twitter

Since my introduction to Twitter a short 3 months ago, I’ve tried to learn as much as possible about tweeting, twewbies, tweeps, twettiquette, and retweets.  I just now found out how the whole thing started and, to say the least, I am duly impressed.  A few little niggling questions, however, stayed with me.  I’ve finally found some answers, and I’d like to share them with you.

  • We all know that there have been several incarnations of the twitter bird.  You’ll find the first iteration and the new one below.  But did you know that Twitter paid only $15 to the designer, Simon Oxley? The story goes that Oxley’s was a non-exclusive stock image, purchased and resold many times over.  I wonder how much he eventually made from his original design

         New Twitter Design                                                       Old Twitter Bird

      Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 1.06.12 PM


  • Did you know that the twitter bird has a name?  I used to call him tweety.  His name, however, is Larry.  According to Josh Wolford, Larry Bird, of Boston Celtics (basketball) fame, may have been the inspiration.
  • The longest tweet in the history of tweeting contained 247 characters. Taylor Buley, a Forbes reporter, quoted Steve Forbes on the Flat Tax Revolution. Brian Cauldfield discovered this back in 2007 after examining Twitter’s API programming that allows for the exception.

The short tale of a Forbesian technological breakthrough.



  • Want a place where you can chat your head off with other like-minded tweeps?  I did. Now, Mark Shaw has set up a brand new service called The Chat Diary.  Find a subject that interests you and let the chatting begin. The Chat Diary alerts you as to the time and place.  Simply join in and chat to your heart’s desire.


  • Finally, in his 13 May post, John Graham-Cumming explains that Twitter’s idea of a delete, a stop, and a sign-out are not the same as what you or I might expect from the same terms. On his blog, he reminds us clearly that Twitter is like any other social media outlet.  What we choose to share on the Internet is out there for everyone to see eventually, “public and irrevocable.” I hasten to add that Mr. Graham-Cumming proves what so many of us have come to expect of social networking, but we probably didn’t believe it, really. Well, now you can believe it, really. Oh, the “follows” and “unfollows” don’t count for much either.

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