10 years after twitter’s cofounder Jack Dorsey put up the first tweet, twitter is still going strong and has an active user base of 320 million people across the globe. Twitter started off by being called twttr; an inspiration from Flickr and due to the fact that the domain name twitter.com was already in use at the time. Fast forward 10 years later and twitter has managed to take the whole world by storm becoming the second most popular social media platform.
Twitter’s 10 year journey has had its ups and downs with the most recent being its surge in stock prices as a result of wall street’s worry about its dwindling active user base. The social media platform is more of everything in the real world and can be likened to a street. It has the harshest of critics, abuses and the best of inspirational people all nestled up in the 140 character limit site. It has received the harshest of criticisms from its users and the fiercest of rivalries from its competitors over the years and it getting to its 10th anniversary has not been a mean feat. Here are some of the tweets that detail the 10 year long journey of twitter.
Jack Dorsey’s first tweet
Purely timeless, Jack Dorsey co-founder of twitter and current CEO sent the first ever tweet on 21st March 2006. Twitter is said to have been conceptualized over a board room meeting by members of the podcasting group Odeo which include Jack Dorsey (a current undergrad student at the time).
From then 350,000 tweets are currently sent per minute and more people have been joining the platform ever since.
In 2009, the first tweet ever from outer space was sent by the astronaut Mike Massimino. This signified twitter’s limitless boundaries and its adoption as a universal platform of socializing.
In April 2009, Ashton Kutcher becomes the first male celebrity to get 1 million followers on twitter.
Arab spring revolution
During 2011, a time when most Arab countries were simmering in speculation of possible revolution by its citizens, twitter played an active role in this with the number of tweets that were being sent out from these Arab countries. Even with the censorship of news outlets, twitter remained a focal instrument in providing information about the happenings in these countries.
Occupy wall street
In July 2011, the platform was used to organize the occupy Wall Street demonstrations that saw thousands of people take part in it.
Barrack Obama’s second term
When Barrack Obama won the second term of his presidency, he posted a tweet that went on to become the most re-tweeted tweet at the time and was only rivalled by Ellen DeGeneres’ tweet.
Ellen’s most retweeted tweet of all time
This tweet was put up by Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars and featured all the Oscar winners at the time. It went on to be re-tweeted a record 3.3 million times (and still counting), making it the most re-tweeted tweet of all time.
2014 World Cup
The world cup in 2014 became the first sporting event to get tweets of its magnitude. It set the record for most tweets per minute with 618,725 tweets in 60 seconds after the final whistle.
In a period of 4 hours and 3 minutes after the first tweet in 2015, Caitlyn Jenner holds the record for the fastest ever time to reach 1 million followers.
Twitter’s 10th anniversary tweet
The list needs to end with some hope of the future, and twitter’s celebratory tweet marking its 10 years is more than enough for that.
Indeed twitter has had an exhilarating journey since its inception and its future is something that can only be speculated by people. However, if the past is anything to go by, then there will be some fun times ahead with twitter.