Social Media: Part I

In an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth and humans used crude tools to survive, a more than averagely intelligent man was born.  One day he noticed his hands became warm when he rubbed them together.  In a burst of inspiration, he decided to see what would happen if he did the same thing with sticks.  He grabbed a couple and began to rotate them back and forth.  He began slowly, but disappointed by the results, he began to work faster and faster.  He quickly worked himself into a frenzy of activity.  His hands blurred with speed.  Suddenly a small flame burst into being.  He added kindling and had a roaring bonfire going in minutes.  Fire was born!  What a momentous occasion! He had to tell the world.  He reached in his pocket and pulled out his smart phone, ready to update his Twitter accoun. . . oh wait, no they didn’t have that back then, did they?  Despite its relative novelty, it is already hard to imagine a world without social media.  It permeates every facet of our society.  We see social media manifested in advertisements, on billboards, in stores, and even on TV.  It must have been so disappointing to discover anything without the whole internet to share it with.

Twitter Background

Actually scrap that whole story.  Humans probably didn’t even invent fire.  They merely watched it happen.  It is much more likely that lightening struck a patch of dry grass somewhere and started a brush fire.  People simply observed the chaos and tried to duplicate the effect. Regardless, the origins of man’s first discovery remain a mystery.  We do not know the history of fire, but Twitter had a very definite beginning.  Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey in San Francisco in the year 2006 of the modern era.  In just six years, Twitter has seen explosive growth from its humble beginnings as a brainstorming idea pitched to the board members of podcasting company, Odea.  In four years, Twitter went from having 400,000 tweets posted a quarter to 140 million a day.  According to, Twitter had an annual growth rate of 1,382 percent for 2009, making it the fastest growing website in the world.

Twitter Explanation

So what exactly is Twitter, and what does it do?  Twitter defines itself as “a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting.”  It is an online social networking/microblogging service that allows its users to post “Tweets” to update their friends.  Tweets are small bursts of information that can be up to 140 characters long.   Though the name seems a bit strange, it fits perfectly.  The word “twitter” is, by definition, a short burst of inconsequential information, or the chirping of birds. Twitter allows users to subscribe to others’ Tweets.  They call it “following” a Twitter account.  Information is grouped on Twitter using hash tags.  If you want to see what people are saying about a certain topic just type in the hash tag.  Topics are trending if a large amount of people Tweet about the same hash tag.

Twitter Profile

Twitter is a fun, dynamic, and great way to interact with people from all around the world.  Though not quite as influential as Facebook, Twitter is rapidly growing and may one day be the most visited website on the internet.  If you decide to join the Twitter conversation, do not hesitate visit us @Tarheel_Imaging. If you haven’t contracted Tarheel Imaging for your scanning/shredding needs, let us know.  When we finish blowing your mind with our exceptional service, give us a shout out to all your Tweeps (slang for followers).  Tweets are public by nature so discretion is advised when posting.  We appreciate every one of our clients, and we would love to update you on recent legislation, advances in technology, or anything else related to the document management world: so go ahead, follow us on Twitter.