Social Network celebrates 10 years of tweets and hashtags today. With 320 million users including Katy Pery, who is most popular, the micro-blogging site Twitter wrote a 140- character thank you note to its users on its 10th anniversary.
“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,” Twitter posted.
Over the decade, Twitter has changed its logo and name, from Twittr to Twitter and has also notched up more than 250 billion likes and 500 million tweets per day.
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The first tweet was sent in 2006 by its co-founder Jack Dorsey. He tweeted,” just setting up my twittr.”
Appearing on a TV show, Dorsey said that the 140-character limit is “a beautiful constraint” and that Twitter “will never lose that feeling”. In 2007, an early user called Chris Messina proposed the use of a hashtag to denote people at the same live event. Hashtags are now used by the users to discuss global moments.
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Since the first tweet in 2006, Twitter has become the go-to social networking for finding out everything from global events to celebrity gossips. In more recent times, Twitter has been used to spread news of political topics, spread political messages, to coordinate collective action and share selfies.
Leonardo Di Caprio’s Oscars win for Best Actor in The Revenant generated 4,40,000 tweets per minute, more than @ TheEllenShow’s selfie two years earlier. However, the now famous photograph is the most retweeted tweet ever, with 3.3 million retweets.