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Love It or Hate It, Twitter Turns Five

| March 21, 2011
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Twitter, the micro-blogging service you either love or love to hate, turns five today.

It was March 21, 2006 when Twittr (there was no “e” in the name back then) co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet: “Just setting up my twittr.” Since then folks have used 140 characters to do everything from write novels to organize protests to fuel revolutions. In five years, Twitter has gone from being a punch line to being a formidable source of news.

The Twitter logo

The Twitter logo needs little introduction after five years.

Despite that quick evolution, Twitter remains a polarizing service. Cracks about tweeting “what I had for breakfast” are perhaps the only new media criticism heard more often than the “bloggers in pajamas” line. Wait, on second thought, no line has been used more often the the bloggers in pajamas one.

KQED wants to know how you feel about Twitter. Let us know by filling in the blank:

“Twitter makes me ___________.”

Leave your response in the comments section below.

Use as little as one word but try to not use more than 140 characters (this is Twitter’s day after all).

I’ll start: Twitter makes me appreciate the poetry workshops I took in college. Conforming to iambic pentameter makes 140 characters a piece of cake.

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Amanda Stupi is the Engagement Producer for KQED’s daily public affairs program Forum. In that role she turns the information shared during the hour-long call-in show into web-friendly content. Her writing has been featured throughout KQED.org, including on KQED Arts and News Fix as well as on MLB.com, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Examiner. Her radio work has aired on The California Report and Talk of the Nation. Stupi runs the @KQEDForum Twitter account and Forum Facebook account. Her personal Twitter account is @FiftyCentHotdog. She believes that Hostess products get a bad rap and that cereal can save the world. Reach Amanda Stupi at astupi@kqed.org.

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