(Bloomberg) -- When the @Twitter handle asked followers earlier today to explain the meaning behind their Twitter handles, it got a slew of responses -- including from its founder, Jack Dorsey.
Tweet the meaning behind your Twitter handle. We'll start. We're Twitter.— Twitter (@Twitter) September 14, 2018
And the meaning behind your name originally came from a dictionary: short inconsequential bursts of information; chirps from birds.— jack (@jack) September 14, 2018
Later, though, in response to a question from a follower about the word “TWTR” -- the company’s ticker -- Jack delved a little deeper into the thinking behind the name of the now-$22.8 billion-dollar company.
That’s a ticker symbol. We did shorten Twitter to twttr for a moment to refer to the texting short code we wanted to use: 89887. Problem was Teen People owned it (TXTTP) so we stuck with 40404 and added the vowels back in, thus losing our web2.0 cool. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— jack (@jack) September 14, 2018
A short code is a five- or six-digit number that acts as a shortcut to let cell-phone users opt in quickly to access added services -- for example, offers or promotions -- instead of using the usual seven digits (plus area code).
Dorsey’s first ever tweet, sent March 21, 2006 said “Just setting up my twttr.”
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