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I’ve been tweeting for seven years, ever since Twitter was launched, and it’s still an amazing thing to me.

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I didn’t even realize it till this morning when Twopcharts told me that today was my 7th Twitter birthday. (We celebrated another 7th anniversary recently.)

Twitter started for me after a chat with Noah Glass, who helped me sign up on my Nokia E61. Since then the company has gone from me being SMS to web & internet centric. It has become the news network of the planet and has proved be extremely resilient and adaptable as a company. It is a great story — and I hope we will learn more from Nick Bilton’s book on twitter which comes out later this year.

The list of everyday technology services that I am thankful for is very short. And Twitter ranks right up there with WordPress, Amazon, Apple, Instagram, Google and Google Maps. Of course, like all companies it has changed — hardened perhaps, because of the economic realities that come from raising venture capital and building a business. They might not do all the right things, but they do some right things and that is rare in today’s world where your data is someone else’s billions.

There was a time when I knew everyone at Twitter — these days I don’t know many people at the company. I stay in touch with the founders and early team members, many of whom are are all doing their own thing.

Sometimes while it feels as if Twitter might have lost that loving feeling, but I have not stopped loving Twitter and probably won’t — it is more important to me than any news network or a wire service or any newspaper. Human, flawed, chaotic, raw, ugly, beautiful, wrong, right, emotional, argumentative, frustrating and deeply satisfying — that is what Twitter is. Just like the world it is supposed to mirror.

Some stats: I have tweeted about 32,531 times and tweet about 12.5 times a day. And by perchance you are interested in following me on Twitter, you can — I am @om.

  1. My favorite person to follow. Music, tech, global biz – and a heart as big as a house.

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    1. Thanks @eideard you are a joy to interact with all the time.

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  2. Dem feels! Twitter has changed, but those of us who joined very very early on will never stop loving it. Thanks for this post, Om. It reflects a lot on so much.

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  3. Happy Twitter Birthday to you. Hard to believe that Twitter has been was created in March 2006! Happy Twittering!

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  4. I am just hitting six and a half years (2,301 days) and can say it has been an interesting journey watching how Twitter has grown. There have definitely been some growing pains (for both me and Twitter!) along the way but it is holding fast! http://www.twitter.com/kikikat

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  5. I’ve been on twitter a couple of years now. I joined after reading an article about it in the Doctor Who Monthly Magazine. It seemed like a fun thing, never tried social media before, and I found it fun to tweet along with everyone as they talked out the new series of Doctor Who that had just started at the time. Twitter has been a fun platform to read articles and catch up on news, and I still chat regularly to the same small group of people I’ve been talking to since I started, which is nice.

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  6. I go back and forth about whether to join twitter. I feel like one social media site is time-consuming enough, and who really wants to “follow” me that much anyway? I’m no Justin Bieber (thankfully). But I am fascinated by twitter’s role in political change. Is the book you mentioned above going to touch on that?

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  7. What a crazy length twitter has been out! It’s almost like the moment I realized Mean Girls was over ten years old. I originally believed Twitter would amount to Facebook or Myspace: a popular social outlet that would eventually fade into nonexistence as the next new site appeared. With the 140 character limit, though, twitter really has capitalized on a cool, individualized market. I have to keep my thoughts short, sweet, and to the point (I’m sure others have spent literally 20 minutes revising tweets to fit the length requirement). Anyways, the site has incorporated itself both into my daily routine and heart, and I’ll probably continue to use it for seven more years.

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  8. Superb.

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  9. Hi Om Malik, I was a fan of twitter and found it interesting. As you can see, you can simply twit anywhere when you like it, like your current condition, following news, information and your friends plan and whereabouts.

    I twit for 5 years now and never get enough of it before. However, after all this years with twitter, it reached it peaks when I rarely update my twit, open the twitter application in my iphone and through internet browser and even, deleted it from my iphone about a week ago.

    The reason is, twitter doesn’t really offer a challenge, most of social media users need some kind of challenge to motivate them. Regarding the updated news I lost, some news site already creates their own application to send updated news directly to its consumer.

    For social life, there are other types of social media with better features than twitter. I am very interested with your post that brings up this case and I am quite agree that twitter has lost its touch “loving”.

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  10. way to go….congrats

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