The first official tweet took place on March 21, 2006 when Jack Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 12:50 PM (PST): “just setting up my twttr”. Twitter, then called Twttr, did not open to the public until July 2006 but it did not really gain much attention until South by SouthWest in March 2007 which is when the world started to take notice. Personally, that’s when I learned about it but it wasn’t until the end of the year that I started to use Twitter on a regular basis. Facebook still wasn’t that popular back then…the shift was on.
So, if anyone asked me, and no one has, when did the social media age begin then I would suggest March 22, 2007 when Twitter took SxSw by storm. Some might say we should use Dorsey’s first tweet a year earlier as the AD mark but I disagree because it still remained a blip until the explosive recognition garnered by SxSw 2007. What do you think?
By the way, FourSquare did not explode until SxSw 2009. It is the premier checkin service. Facebook was featured in SxSw 2008 thanks to the Sarah Lacy interview of Mark Zuckerberg which garnered a lot of attention.
So this could be the start date of the social revolution: 3/22/2007