Journalists use Twitter -- a lot. For that, co-founder Jack Dorsey is grateful.
In a storm of tweets, Dorsey celebrated the social network’s ninth birthday on Saturday by thanking the reporters and editors who helped turn the site from a stream of 140-character updates to a river of news and commentary.
🐤⚡️‼️ 1/Twitter turns 9 years old today. 9 years! Birthdays are always a good time to express some gratitude.
2/So many around the world have helped make Twitter what it is, but there's one group I'd like to thank today: journalists.
3/Journalists play a critical role in our society: keep the world honest and balanced. They are true servants of the people.
4/After the tech early-adopters, journalists were next to take to Twitter. They used it as a source, to break news, and to link their work.
5/Journalists were a big part of why we grew so quickly and still a big reason why people use Twitter: news. It's a natural fit.
7/Journalists make Twitter better by providing context, research, and a balanced perspective drawn from what the people experience.
8/THANK YOU for keeping the world (and us!) honest and using Twitter to do your work. We wouldn't be here without you.
The final shoutout to Om Malik, who founded the venerable tech site GigaOm, is bittersweet. GigaOm suddenly stopped publishing earlier this month after investors, having failed to sell the company, cut off funding for the site.