Twitter Celebrates Its 10th Birthday

Before polls, hashtag emojis and throwback Thursdays, the service started simply, with an innocent tweet on March 21, 2006 from co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

Millions of people use Twitter every day—everyone from Justin Bieber to President Barack Obama.

It has become a powerful platform of self-expression, aided political revolutions and fostered personal connections, 140 characters at a time.

However, before polls and hashtag emojis and throwback Thursdays, the service started simply, with an innocent tweet on March 21, 2006 from co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

Twitter celebrates its 10th birthday today, one filled with favorites likes, retweets and emojis.

Now that we’ve seen how Twitter started, let’s take a look at how it has grown from Dorsey’s maiden tweet.


Twitter also shared with SocialTimes a look at how the network stands now, and who are the most popular people:


Brandwatch CMO Will McInnes shared his thoughts on Twitter’s history with SocialTimes:

For the past 10 years, Twitter has shaped every marketing move we’ve made. As we mark Twitter’s 10th anniversary, marketers must consider what’s next. Social strategies will inevitably evolve and marketers need to have one foot in the future. Through hashtags, brilliant campaigns and occasional mishaps, Twitter has been an engine of success—and in some cases, notoriety—for brands, business, politicians, celebs, and the rest of us. To another 10+ and the inspiration it spurs in all of us.

Brandwatch also shared with SocialTimes data on some of the most popular campaigns and events on Twitter, such as Obama’s election in 2008, #ShareACoke in 2013 and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014.

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Readers: What has been your favorite moment on Twitter?