Twitter turns 10 today; popular tweets and the journey so far

The famous micro-blogging website, Twitter has completed its 10 years today. Twitter has wrote a 140-character thank you note to its users as it celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The company co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet ever—”just setting up my twttr,” it read, on March 22, 2006 and since then the company hasn’t turned back. After 10 years the company posted, “On March 21, ten years ago, it began with a single Tweet. Since then, every moment of every day, people connect about the things they care about most – all over the world,” the post further read, “As we mark this milestone, it’s you we want to celebrate. As March 21 begins around the world, each of our global offices will kick off the day by showing our appreciation and gratitude – starting in Sydney and following the sun to headquarters in San Francisco. We are excited to celebrate with all of you”.

Twitter has more than 300 million active users, that create 500 million tweets per day and 200 billion tweets every year.

It has witnessed some great moments like US President Barack Obama’s first tweet after the re-election in 2012, that got record number of retweets and favorites ever, apparently the record was surpassed by the epic selfie post, taken by Ellen Degeneres at the Oscars 2014.

Some popular hashtags, that brought the whole world together for a cause were #BringBackOurGirls, #ArabSpring, #LoveWins, #BlackLivesMatter #PrayForParis and many more which changed the world. The 2014 Football World Cup was the biggest sports event on Twitter with 672 million tweets, whereas the 2016 Academy Award win for Leonardo DiCaprio record a tweet spike of 440,000 tweets per minute.

Twitter may not have as many users as Facebook in India, but it is just as popular as the social network website. After the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi’s first tweet as Prime Minister got the most retweets and favorites, ever in India. The veteran actor, Amitabh Bachhan has the most number of followers, while the Indian Cricket batsman, Virat Kohli’s profile is the fastest growing profile in terms of followers.

Recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that while a number of changes are being planned for Twitter, its 140-character limit represents a beautiful constraint which helps deliver strong statements.

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