When the country elected Barack Obama just four years ago, Twitter was a fledgling startup. During the campaign, Obama overtook Kevin Rose as the most followed person on Twitter, passing him at 56,482 followers.
Five years ago, according to Pew, less than half of Americans used email daily; less than a third used a search engine.
YouTube was founded in 2005 and Facebook in 2004 — and it would be a while after that until they became such integral parts of our day-to-day Internet experience.
Today nearly half of Americans own a smartphone. The iPhone is five years old.
Twitter has confirmed via its official account that it supports the Do Not Track feature in Firefox, that allows users to opt-out of third-party tracking cookies, including those used for advertising.
Twitter is a linguist’s dream come true: it compiles millions of messages in hundreds of languages daily, making the question “Who speaks what languages where?” easy to answer. That is the question taken up by self-described “map geek” Eric Fischer. He has created a map of the world’s languages used on Twitter by pulling together data collected by Google Chrome. “What a joy these maps are to behold,” writes Big Think’s Frank Jacobs writes. “It’s as if someone took one of those composite satellite maps — you know, impossibly showing the whole world at night, the darkness broken by hubs and strings of artificial light … and gave it the power of speech.”
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