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No mom, it’s “tweeting, not twittering”…


Today, March 21st marks the 6th birthday of the first ever tweet on Twitter, which was sent out into the world by the social networking site’s founder Jack Dorsey.  The tweet simply read “just setting up my twttr,” no tags or hashtags.  The site has come a long way since it’s birth six years ago, totaling about 175 million registered users.  The hashtags made popular by the site have wiggled their way into many aspects of celebrity culture, Facebook posts, and even into many peoples’ everyday language.

On a side note, despite the site’s immersion into our world, somehow some adult users still haven’t caught on to all of the social networking site’s lingo… I definitely had to correct my mother the other day, an elected government official who definitely releases more tweets than I do myself, when she said she was “twittering a lot yesterday!”  Great mom, but not quite.

However, regardless of whether you know whether to refer to what one does on the site as “twittering or tweeting,” today marks the celebration of an important date in our digital and sharing history.  So Happy Birthday Twitter!

More on this story at Mashable.com.