Ten years ago (2006), Twitter was initially named stat.us and the working prototype was changed to Twttr. The very first tweet was on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, indicating “just setting up my twttr“. He was definitely sticking to the 140 characters or less restriction. Twitter was officially launched on July 15, 2006.
Twitter can be compared to public SMS text messaging. Everyone can see it if they follow someone who sent out the tweet or re-tweeted it. Unfortunately there is a lot of noise out there. I would compare Twitter to The Soapbox and Breaking News. If you want to find out about the very latest news, Twitter is the place to go. Last year (2015) Google started adding tweets to the search engine results which had added major value to tweets. Posting something in 140 characters or less, which includes any hyperlinks added to tweet, is definitely some creative writing.
I have established myself as a source on Twitter for technology and social media links. If you are serious about Twitter, there are many ways to manage and automate your posts using free tools available. I find Twitter quite enjoyable because of the 140 character limit, how easy it is to scan headlines, and click for more information on only topics of interest.