Believe it or not, it’s been 7 years to the day since Jack Dorsey, one of the co founders, sent out the first tweet. Since then, it’s been at the centre of a lot of news stories, scandals and more, but it’s really changed the way we interact with people from around the globe, and of course the celebrities we follow.
The official Twitter blog has a commemorative blog post, thanking everyone and showing a video full of significant Twitter history moments.
From the blog post:
It’s thanks to all of you that our open, real-time platform is thriving: we have well over 200 million active users creating over 400 million Tweets each day.
As we’ve grown, Twitter has become a true global town square — a public place to hear the latest news, exchange ideas and connect with people all in real time. This is where you come to connect with the world at large. Get on your soapbox to critique elected officials, or go sotto voce to the neighbor next to you. And as in other gathering places, commerce happens too (and jokes and art-making and debating, and — you get the idea).
I remember when it first emerged, you had two camps: the ‘this is the next big thing’ camp, and the ‘I don’t see the point/what do you do with it’ camp. I’m glad to say I was in the former, and while I’m not the biggest Tweeter, it’s something I now couldn’t do without in my daily life. So thanks, and happy birthday Twitter!