Okay, who hasn’t tweeted in the last 10 years or so? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to go update yourself, urgently. But if you still don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll give you a hint: its logo is a little cute blue bird.

That’s right, Twitter has been around as one of our favorite social media since 2006. It’s impossible you haven’t heard about it. It’s one of the most beloved real-time social network platforms. It is used to share and discover information, such as news, trending topics, or microblogging posts. Twitter also gives you the opportunity to interact with other users by asking questions or by mentioning them. 

Did you know where Twitter got his name from? Twitter actually means the short chirping noise birds make. You know, like “tweet, tweet…”. That explains the bird in the Twitter logo. But, did you know that this little blue-feathered fellow has an actual name? Well, yes, as a matter of fact, he is not just the blue Twitter bird. Want to know what’s its name? Follow me and find out.

 

Tweeting

Twitter Bird
via BBC

As aforementioned, Twitter is a real-time messaging and social network. It gives its users the opportunity to post content using messages, photos, videos, links, and more. These posts are called “tweets”. Despite tweets cannot be longer than 140 characters, people have found a way to create threads in order to tell a 140+ characters story. 

Another interesting feature that made Twitter so famous was the possibility to retweet and mention usernames in posts. But we can all agree that the best was the genesis of the worshiped hashtag. I believe the # symbol, previously known as the number or pound symbol,  wasn’t as popular as it is now since Tic-tac-toe became the playground favorite game.

 

The Twitterverse

Twitter Logo
via Tech Crunch

Oh yeah, there’s a whole universe that comprises all the action happening on Twitter. And if it wasn’t enough, the word has been added as an official English word by the Oxford English Dictionary. 

The Twitterverse encompasses other words that are no longer slang, but official to the English language, such as tweeting, tweet, retweet… Furthermore, the unknown bird’s name can also be found orbiting in the Twitterverse. 

 

A Basketball Bird?

via The Athletic

So read this, our beloved blue-feather character was named after a former NBA player.  Turns out that the co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone, is a huge fan of his home-state team the Boston Celtics, he decided to name our little blue guy after NBA star Larry Bird, winner of 3 NBA championships and one of the greatest players in hoops history. 

So yeah, the Twitter bird logo’s name is Larry T Bird. Sadly Larry doesn’t have his own Twitter account. It will be fun though, to interact with him, asking him some birdy questions. Open thread: “@LarryTBird how does it feel to soar through the internet skies? #Curious #LarryTips”.