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5 Things You Didn’t Know (Or Don’t Remember) About Life Before Twitter

March 21, 2013 12:30 PM

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(photo credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(photo credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

March 21, 2013 marks Twitter’s 7th birthday. The first tweet, coming from Jack Dorsey (@jack) went out to co-workers at his San Francisco, California-based company. A lot has changed since Twitter came onto the scene in 2006. Here are five things you didn’t know (or may not remember) about life before Twitter.
(Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

1. MySpace Was Most Popular

Tech website Mashable.com named MySpace its number one social network that year in 2006. At the time, MySpace had 140 million accounts and had “become a cultural phenomenon.” They also said of Facebook, “We’re a little less optimistic about Facebook than we were at the start of the year.”

(Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2. Flip Phones Were Cool; Blackberry Was It

Smack in the middle of the camera flip phone craze, Blackberry was the #1 smart phone on the market when Twitter launched. The reason – the first iPhone wasn’t introduced until 2007. At the time, a 3 megapixel camera phone was a luxury, and phone-stored music was limited to about 100 songs on the top phones (excluding outside storage).

This undated image taken by the Hubble telescope shows Pluto and its moons: Charon, Nix, and Hydra. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

This undated image taken by the Hubble telescope shows Pluto and its moons: Charon, Nix, and Hydra. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

3. Pluto Was Still A Planet

Remember learning about the planet Pluto in grade school? Well, it was classified as a planet until August 24, 2006, when the International Astronomical Union issued a definition of “planet” that excluded the rock. The IAU added a new category called “dwarf planet,” which Pluto fell under.

A shuttered Saturn dealership (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A shuttered Saturn dealership (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

4. Saturn Was Still A Car Brand

When Twitter launched in 2006, Americans could head to their nearest Saturn dealership and pick up a brand new Ion for as little as $12,000. Car buyers also had the choice of buying a brand new Hummer, Pontiac and Saab. The 2009 collapse of General Motors led to the demise of all of those car brands.

Tweeter (Photo Credit:Ildar Sagdejev (Specious)/ licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.)

Tweeter (Photo Credit:Ildar Sagdejev (Specious)/ licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.)

5. Twitter? Don’t You Mean Tweeter?

Remember the Canton-based electronics company that once owned the naming rights to what is now the Comcast Center in Mansfield? The first Tweeter store opened in 1972 near the Boston University campus. At its peak, Tweeter had more than 100 stores and a few thousand employees spread across 18 different states. They went bankrupt and out of business in 2008.

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