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This Week in Apps: Warnings over privacy changes, Parler CEO fired, Clubhouse goes mainstream

Sarah Perez

This Week in Apps: Warnings over privacy changes, Parler CEO fired, Clubhouse goes mainstream

Twitter, Inc.
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The default page shown to logged-out users
Type of businessPublic
Type of site
News, social networking service
Available inMultilingual
Traded as
FoundedMarch 21, 2006; 15 years ago (2006-03-21)
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California United States
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)
Key people
IndustryInternet
RevenueDecrease US$3.72 billion (2020)
Operating incomeDecrease US$27 million (2020)
Net incomeDecrease US$-1.13 billion (2020)
Total assetsIncrease US$13.37 billion (2020)
Total equityDecrease US$7.97 billion (2020)
Employees4,600 (September 2019)[2]
Subsidiaries
URLtwitter.com Edit this at Wikidata
RegistrationRequired
Users
  • 330 million monthly active users
  • (Q1 2019)
LaunchedJuly 15, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-07-15)
Current statusActive
Native client(s) oniOS, Android, Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Web
Written in
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Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Registered users can post, like and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface or its mobile-device application software ("app"), though the service could also be accessed via SMS before April 2020.[13] Twitter, Inc. is based in San Francisco, California, and has more than 25 offices around the world.[14] Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but was doubled to 280 for non-CJK languages in November 2017.[15] Audio and video tweets remain limited to 140 seconds for most accounts.

Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 and launched in July of that year. By 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day,[16] and the service handled an average of 1.6 billion search queries per day.[17][18][19] In 2013, it was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet".[20] As of Q1 2019, Twitter had more than 330 million monthly active users.[10] Twitter is a some-to-many microblogging service, given that the vast majority of tweets are written by a small minority of users.[21][22]

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