A short history of microblogging
February 23, 2012
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Like most relevant things, microblogging was not thought out, it was just done. It is really the invention of Christian Neukirchen, who likes math, Unix, minimalism and the Internet. In March 2005 he started an experimental blog, Anarchaia:
Experimental, impressionistic sub-paragraph tumblin’ (think obstsalat)
The first link, or at least the bottom link of the first day, was transparent screens on flickr. A Ruby programmer who used the handle why the lucky stiff coined the word “tumblelog” when he sort of reviewed Anarchaia on his meanwhile defunct blog RedHanded.
Twitter was founded in March 2006. Tumblr in April 2007.