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First Chirp, official Twitter developers conference, San Francisco

Maria J. Avila Lopez / Mercury News

Type "I don't get..." into Google and among the first suggestions the search engine makes to complete the sentence is, "I don't get Twitter," right above "I don't get no respect."

"While that's funny," Twitter CEO Evan Williams said Wednesday at the microblogging site's first developers conference, "we need to fix that."

Willliams marked the opening of the milestone conference attended by 500 developers by highlighting how much Twitter has flourished and how much work remains to help people "get" Twitter.

In the past three years, Twitter has seen its traffic grow by 1,500 percent a year, reaching 105 million registered users and gaining about 300,000 new ones a day so far this month, with more than 60 percent of new users coming from outside the United States, according to data released Wednesday by Twitter cofounder Biz Stone, Williams and other Twitter executives.

But while Stone, Williams and other Twitter executives talked a lot about the achievements of the microblogging site since its 2006 launch, the focus of the first day of the inaugural "Chirp" conference was the service's future, and the fact that Twitter and independent developers need to continue to make improvements if that rapid growth pace is to continue.

From San Jose Mercury News
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