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A Pictorial History of Twitter’s Rise to Pop Culture


Every now and then I discover something that is so captivating, that I have to stop what I’m working on to share it with everyone I know. This is one of them.

For those veterans who continue to define Twitter’s role in how we communicate, share and learn, those who have recently made its acquaintance, and those just finding their stride, we all linked through common threads and context that pique our curiosity, stimulate our quest for adventure,  expand our networks beyond our real world network, and feed our desire for attention.

We contribute to the expansion of the Twitterverse.

MG Siegler over at TechCrunch shared two images created by Manolith that richly visualize the three-year old, albeit brief, history of Twitter and its rapid rise to pop culture and its remarkable ability to detour its direction.

Had Manolith waited just one more week to create these images, we would have perhaps the most significant stage of Twitter’s maturation to date; its ability to break news, influence global perception, establish new channels for diplomacy, and galvanize world support.

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100 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “A Pictorial History of Twitter’s Rise to Pop Culture”

  1. Rolando Peralta says:

    great post Brian! I think this graph will be better use with (your) Twitterverse.

  2. Danny Brown says:

    Interesting visual chart of Twitter. I think one thing it misses, though, is Twitter’s part in philanthropy and social action use. Its real-time call-to-action uses make it the ideal partner to these types of organizations.

  3. eric says:

    good work benoit

  4. @teedubya says:

    I love this image, it shows the progression & the timeline of the Twitter’s genesis. Awesome stuff, Mr. Solis, sir.

  5. MLDina says:

    That’s great! It sums up what I’ve been trying to explain all along- the real value of twitter as a new media and communication stream beyond just social networking. I may just have to forward your post next time I’m asked, this is far better than any explanation I could provide.

  6. Maya91988 says:

    The Twitter timeline illustration is a great visual. I like how it documents the growth of this new social tool. It is interesting to see how different groups of people began to catch on to its effectiveness.

  7. TJ Dietderich says:

    Awesome representation of a complicated story. But I think this history is a bit American-sided. For Twitter users in Europe, the UK, and other parts of the world, Twitter took hold in a different way, with different celebrities and personalities leading the way. It would be interesting to see what those users considered the groundbreaking moments in Twitter history.

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