Twitter celebrates its 6th birthday

March 27, 2012 7:43 am

twitterAs Twitter celebrates its 6th birthday this month, it is time to look back on its success. From its small user base it has grown into the 140 million-strong tweeters. Over the course of any one day, active tweeters send more than 1 billion tweets.

The power of this ‘bluebird’ social media network is astonishing. What it has achieved in the space of six years is, quite frankly, mind blowing. Twitter is utilised on a daily basis by world leaders, celebrities, businesses, both large and small, as well as mums, students, activists, the list is endless.

So what are the defining moments in Twitters 6 year lifespan?

March 2006 – March 2010

Well it all started in March 2006 when co-founder Jack Dorsey created Twitter. His first tweet to the world said simply, “Just setting up my twttr”.

By April 2007 Twitter had become its own company. By November 2008 Twitter had passed the 1 billion tweet mark. In the year following it had grown by 1,382% year-on-year. An overwhelming level of growth to say the least. Following this key milestone Twitter earned its place in the Collins English Dictionary when it officially became a noun and a verb.

In February 2010 Twitter was delivering more than 50 million tweets per day. Throughout the rest of 2010 Twitter started rolling out more functionality such as the ‘Follow’ button and an activity stream.

As Twitter celebrates its 6th birthday it is clear that it has changed the world. It has changed the way we share information, promote products, sell services and interact with the world. With over 140 million tweeters, it really highlights how you can share with the masses.

Twitter has evolved rapidly in just six short years. From aesthetics to functionality, the growth and change is very much a tale of the times we live in.

So happy birthday Twitter, here’s to the next six years!


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