Twitter Version 0.1.0 — The SXSW What’s Happening Line: (512) 538–2232
I’m reading this fascinating book by Nick Bilton called, Hatching Twitter, about the history and founding of Twitter. The book mentions the first tweet ever made using the service, and the Ev Williams first “status update” made using an early prototype of Twitter called twitlog, but I think I happened to have stumbled upon something even earlier than both of these… On the wayback machine I found this gem from Ev Williams blog EvHead.com posted on March 11th, 2006: The SXSW What’s Happening Line
Everybody’s heard about how Twitter first blew up at the 2007 SXSW Festival, but it look’s like they actually launched a very similar service a full year before at the 2006 SXSW Festival that never received any attention at all! How incredible is that? The best part is this line:
“I’m not sure what it is, actually…” — Ev Williams
I’m pretty sure nobody ever brings up the SXSW What’s Happening Line when retelling the origin story of Twitter, but I think it’s a lot more relatable to know the truth — that Twitter actually launched a full year earlier at the same festival which nobody noticed and nobody cared.