Live Commentary is an opportunity to talk about the ordinary (or extraordinary) things that are happening to us, what we are doing, reading or experiencing on a daily basis.

This is the Live Commentary for Tuesday March the 21st, 2017. Today is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 285 days left till the end of the year.

On this day in 1935, the Shah of Iran, Reza Shah Pahlavi, formally asked the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran. I wonder if it was a good decision. What do you think?

Also on this day, in 1980, US President Jimmy Carter announced a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest against the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

And finally, today is Twitter’s birthday! On this day in 2006, the social media site Twitter was founded.Twitter (/ˈtwɪtər/) is an online news and social networking service where users can post and interact with short messages called “tweets”. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. So here is a question for you about Twitter…

Perhaps the biggest differences between Twitter and other social media is that you can only send very short messages on Twitter. Do you know how many characters is a tweet restricted to?

Wishing you all a happy day!