I think Twitter was afraid no one would remember their birthday so they had to post a self-important video. Don’t worry, Twitter, we remembered (well, we didn’t, but someone else did … and, well, the important thing is that we got you a gift … which we totally forgot at home …)
March 21st, 2006 is a bit like the day Alexander Graham Bell spoke the immortal line “Mr. Watson, come here — I want to see you” into his brand new invention, the telephone. Except on this day seven years ago, Jack Dorsey, inventor of Twitter, posted “just setting up my twttr.”
What do these two men have in common — aside from creating two of mankind’s most useful communication mediums? They were both terrible showmen. Rather than recognizing that they had innovated something brilliant, both men slapdicked their way into history with mundane openers.
Both of these should have been a “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” moment (yes, yes, Neil Armstrong flubbed the line, I’ve been on Reddit too), instead of a “Hey, is this thing on?” [taps the microphone].
In spite of all that: “Happy Birthday, Twitter!” I will celebrate by making fun of Justin Bieber and his legion of hate-monger followers in 140 characters or less. #7moreyears!