The first ever tweet was posted nine years ago today and the rest, they say, is history.
Most of us probably cannot remember what we did without the convenience and distraction of Twitter – the global watercooler of news and inane chatter.
However the beauty, or even the beast, of the Twitter timeline is that you can scroll way back or use handy archives to see historical posts.
Co-founder of the social media network Jack Dorsey took to the brand spanking new invention on 21 March 2006 to compose the succinct message: “just setting up my twttr”.
just setting up my twttr; Jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
“Twttr” was the first name that was used to refer to the 140-character messaging network before it was padded out with the vowels and was publicly-launched four months after its first hatching.
Around 288 million people use the service each month and about 500 million tweets are sent per day, making it the second most popular social site. Facebook takes first place with around 900 million people logging in every month.
Most-followed people on Twitter
Most-followed people on Twitter
1/10 1. Katy Perry
The 'Roar' singer currently tops the most-followed chart, with 54.2m followers to her name
2/10 2. Justin Bieber
The teen popstar is hot on Katy Perry's heels with 52.7 followers
3/10 3. Barack Obama
The president of the United States of America has 44m followers. Obama is the first US president to have won an election with the help of a specifically targeted social media campaign
4/10 4. Lady Gaga
The singer's little monsters have helped her gain fourth position with 41.5m followers
5/10 5. YouTube
Not a person as such, but the hugely popular viral video site has 43.4m followers on Twitter
6/10 6. Taylor Swift
The pop/country music star has 41.7m followers but is only following 125
7/10 7. Britney Spears
The singer and current Las Vegas residency star has 37.9m followers
8/10 8. Rihanna
The Bajan star has 36.2m followers on Twitter and is one of the most followed celebrities on Instagram
9/10 9. Instagram
The social media site comes in at an impressive ninth with 33.7m, despite tweeting minimal photos
10/10 10. Justin Timberlake
JT has 33m followers, making him the most-followed male pop star after Justin Bieber
To celebrate, Twitter “took to Twitter” to post nine things it is most proud of covering over the past nine years. Some of which are happy and some catastrophic.
These include US President Barack Obama winning another term, footballer Lukas Podolski posting about Germany’s World Cup win last summer, and events such as a plane crashing into the Hudson River in New York.
5/9: As people shared what was happening in the moment, the world watched breaking news unfold in real time. pic.twitter.com/mgJiBLssiL; Twitter (@twitter) March 20, 2015
4/9: Adding to our global community, world leaders also joined the conversation. pic.twitter.com/Gd5iPyzAad; Twitter (@twitter) March 20, 2015
Mr Dorsey explains why they came up with the name in the first place to Los Angeles Times: “We came across the word ‘twitter’, and it was just perfect.
“The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information,’ and ‘chirps from birds’. And that’s exactly what the product was.”
The legendary #hashtag also came about after a short public consultation carried out over Twitter.
how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?; Chris Messina® (@chrismessina) August 23, 2007
Soon after, other social networks such as Facebook and Instagram started taking its lead by using the simple link element to get conversations flowing.
Twitter said today: “At our nine-year mark, we continue to say that Twitter is what it is because of the people who use it.
“We will continue to thank you and celebrate you in the coming years as you use Twitter to reflect both the world at large and the world immediately around you.”Reuse content