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This Week in Tech History: Twitter is Hatched

On this edition of “This Week in Tech History”, we’re reminded of the launch of Twitter, which has become a widely popular social media platform. Also, Windows 3.0 was released.

1931 – Schick, Inc., the razor company, displayed the first electric shaver — in Stamford, CT.

1981 – RCA put its Selectavision laser disc players on the market. Soon, the product was called “the Edsel of the entertainment field.” The units cost $500 and the videodisks about $15 each. The combination failed to catch the consumer’s fancy.

1985 – IBM announced that it was planning to stop making the PCjr consumer-oriented computer. The machine had been expected to dominate the home computer market but didn’t quite live up to those expectations. In the 16 months that the PCjr was on the market, only about 240,000 units were sold.

1990 – Microsoft Windows 3.0 was released. This version offered dramatic performance increases for Windows applications, plus advanced ease of use and aesthetic appeal.

And this week in 2006 – The social media site Twitter was founded. Now, after only 13 years, the popular social media platform has around 321 million active users. That number is actually about 9 million less than they had last year at this time.

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Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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