Today marks exactly 10 years since the phenomenal birth of Twitter, a social media platform that rose to fame after hitting the digital communication platforms on 21 March 2006. Since then Twitter has notched up 250 billion likes and 500 million tweets a day from a record 320 million users.
Since the first tweet was sent in 2006, Twitter has become the go-to social network for finding out about everything from global events to celebrity gossip. On its tenth birthday, Twitter has 320 million users including celebrities such as Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Adele, all of whom have tens of millions of followers.
Over the decade, the social network has changed its logo and name – from Twttr to Twitter – as well as notching up 250 billion likes.
Users create 500 million tweets per day and 200 billion tweets every year, with users sharing hashtags to discuss global moments, such as the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris, using #JeSuisParis.
‘Lewis Wiltshire, Senior Director of Media Partnerships at Twitter, said: ‘Whether it’s the London 2012 Olympics, the #GBBO final, the General Election or the BRIT Awards, when big events happen, they happen on Twitter.
Increasingly, companies have made big announcements on Twitter, with Nasa using the social media platform to break the news of when its Mars Phoenix Lander found ice on Mars in 2008.
‘The depth and breadth of content shared by our users around these big moments has made it the perfect live viewing party for the world’s biggest events.’The platform’s birthday has given it a chance to reflect on such events as well as key milestones in its evolution.
Co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet in 2006, when the service was called Twttr. In 2007, an early user called Chris Messina proposed the use of a hashtag to denote people at the same live event.
In a royal first in 2010, Clarence House, the Prince of Wales’ private office, created a Twitter account to announce Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton and in 2012, before he appeared publicly to affirm his second presidential win, President Obama noted it on Twitter.
In more recent times, Twitter has been used to spread news of atrocities such as the Boston Marathon bombing, the 250 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram and the horrific attacks in Paris in November, using hashtags such as #BringBackOurGirls and #PrayForParis.
More happily, the platform has been used to break big celebrity news and share selfies. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscars win for Best Actor in The Revenant generated 440,000 tweets per minute, more than @TheEllenShow’s selfie two years earlier.