Last Friday marked five years since Twitter launched publically, and to celebrate the occasion Visual.ly released a new infographic following the history of Twitter, from it’s conception back in January 2006 to today.
The infographic, ‘Following Twitter: From 0 to 200 million Tweets in 5 years’, includes all sorts of exciting Twitter landmarks from the past five years, from the initial launch to the first round of funding to the introduction of the infamous Fail Whale and more. Over the years, Twitter has made quite an impact around the globe, as the infographic illustrates:
- In October 2007, Twitter was used to track updates on wildfires in California
- In October 2008, Twitter was used to find gas during a shortage in Atlanta
- In November 2008, Mumbai residents used Twitter to share information about terrorist attacks
- In January 2009, a photo of a US Airways plane landing in the Hudson River in NY was shared on Twitter, breaking the news before traditional media sources
- In June 2009, Twitter made headlines when it was used by protesters during the Iran elections
Today, Twitter has more than 200 million registered accounts and 200 million tweets are sent out on a daily basis. Check out the infographic below and let us know what you think in the comments. What do you think about the rapid growth of Twitter and what do you think we can expect from them in the coming months and years?
And if you like this, check out our post on Visual.ly’s Twitter Visualizer, a cool tool that lets you create a personalized infographic comparing your Twitter stats to those of your favorite celebrity.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.