Six-year-old Twitter is a remarkably different animal than it was when co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the service's first tweet in March 2006: "just setting up my twttr," he wrote.
A minuscule user base grew into today's 140 million-strong active tweeters, who at last count send more than 1 billion tweets every three days.
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To keep the social media powerhouse intact as more people, celebrities and world leaders find their roles in the birdcage, Twitter has evolved its aesthetics, functionality and business model. Below, we gathered the best moments in Twitter’s eventful existence to help you reminisce.
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Six Years of Twitter Flashbacks
March 2012: Twitter turns 6, Dorsey tweets impressive stats and high-profile users wish the company well.
It's 12:50. Happy 6th Birthday @Twitter. From 1 tweet to over 1 billion every 3 days. I'm so proud of our users and our team.
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2012
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) March 21, 2012
Happy Birthday Twitter! remarkable company that's helped change the news biz and the world. Congrats to @jack and all friends at Twitter.
— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) March 21, 2012
February 2012: Twitter experiences massive simultaneous-tweeting from users as records for top tweets-per-second moments continue to be broken. Two Super Bowl moments this month slip into the number 2 and 3 slots. Twitter reaction reaches 12,233 tweets per second (TPS) at the end of the Giants vs. Patriots game and 10,245 TPS during Madonna’s halftime performance. Last year's most-tweeted moment at the Super Bowl hit 4,064 TPS.
1. Castle in the Sky on TV
Anime movie Laputa: Castle in the Sky was televised in Japan on Dec. 9, 2011. The movie was made in 1989 by famed director Hayou Miyazaki, who also directed Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.
During one point in televised broadcast in 2011, viewers joined forces, sending tweets at the same time to symbolically help the movie's characters cast a spell.
Image courtesy of che_fox, Flickr.
January 2012: Research aggregator eMarketer estimates Twitter generated $139.5 million in ad sales in 2011.
October 2011: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomes Twitter's new NYC office, joining Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey at the office space at 340 Madison Ave. Dorsey says NYC has the most users out of any other city in the world. Twitter launches an advertising blog and Twitter feed.
September 2011: Twitter hits 100 million active users, who help send roughly a billion tweets every five days and 230 million tweets every day. Those users get a spiffy toy mid-month: Twitter Web Analytics to help website owners gauge the impact of tweets. Twitter, which up until this month supported 12 languages, rolls out its service to five more, including Hindi, Tagalog, Malay and simplified and traditional Chinese.
August 2011: Twitter adds an Activity stream to give users more insight on how their tweets are doing and what the accounts they're following are doing.
July 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama holds the first Twitter Town Hall to answer users' questions about jobs and the economy. Reports pin Twitter's valuation at as much as $7 billion, up from $3.7 billion in December 2010.
June 2011: Twitter brings native multimedia sharing to users, which directly connected photos and videos to tweets. But Twitter didn't stop there, integrating several new social tools including Amazon, AOL Video, Foursquare, Plancast and Gowalla. By month's end, users were dispersing more than 200 million tweets per day. Twitter becomes the default social graph and network on iOS devices when Apple builds Twitter into iOS 5. Twitter for Journalists also rolls out.
May 2011: Twitter use ramps up on May 1 with speculation and subsequent confirmation of terrorist Osama bin Laden's death. At one point that night, Twitter records 5,106 tweets per second, which is the third-highest tweets-per-second tally, behind numbers registered during New Year's Eve 2011 in Japan and the destructive tsunami there in March. Twitter acquires TweetDeck after months of speculation. Twitter ends the month by unleashing the Follow button that people and brands could put on their websites.
April 2011: Twitter introduces a new version of its homepage with a sleeker design and revamped pitch to potential users; expands its Local Trends feature to 70 more cities and countries; and updates its search tool to make it easier to find new people to follow. Talks about Twitter's future intensify as CNN reported UberMedia -- the company behind UberSocial, Echofon and Twidroyd -- is "outlining plans" to develop a Twitter-like competitor.
February 2011: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak steps down amid a groundbreaking digital revolution in which Twitter played a much-debated role. Users, among other methods, put hashtags #Jan25 and #Egypt in their tweets. Rumors swirl about whether Google or Facebook will buy Twitter for as much as $10 billion.
March 2011: Twitter turns 5 and sees the return of Twitter inventor and co-founder Dorsey, who officially comes back to the company as executive chairman. Also, Sharespost values Twitter at $7.7 billion.
January 2011: eMarketer predicts Twitter will triple its advertising revenue to $150 million in 2011. Twitter users in Japan set a new record for tweets per second — almost 7,000 — in the moments just after the country entered the year 2011. Twitter put together this cool map visualization that shows activity spreading west, from time zone to time zone, as each new region welcomes the new year.
October 2010: Twitter co-founder Williams steps down as CEO, handing the title over to COO Dick Costolo.
September 2010: Twitter begins rolling out the new Twitter.com web interface, adding new ways to embed multimedia into the stream (see video below). Twitter changes the default avatar picture to a drawing of an egg.
August 2010: Twitter launches the “Tweet Button,” an official option for web publishers to count retweets and let their readers easily share content (see video below). Twitter surpasses MySpace in number of unique monthly visitors. Between August 2009 and August 2010, Twitter grew 76% to 96 million unique visitors, while MySpace dropped 17% to 94 million.
June 2010: Twitter users set a new record for tweets per second -- 3,085 -- during Game 7 of the NBA playoffs between the L.A. Lakers and the Boston Celtics. That record was short-lived though, as users broke it later in the month with 3,283 tweets per second at the end of the World Cup match between Japan and Denmark. Twitter rolls out new ads in trending topics section.
April 2010: Twitter’s advertising platform, Promoted Tweets, goes live (see video below).
March 2010: Twitter turns 4.
February 2010: Users start clocking in more than 50 million tweets per day.
January 2010: NASA astronaut T. J. Creamer sends the first unassisted tweet from space aboard the International Space Station.
Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station -- the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s
— TJ Creamer (@Astro_TJ) January 22, 2010
October 2009: Twitter passes the 5 billion tweet mark.
September 2009: Twitter changes default avatar to a picture of a bird.
July 2009: Twitter earns spot in Collins English Dictionary as a noun and a verb.
November 2008: Twitter passes 1 billion tweet mark.
October 2008: Dorsey steps down as CEO to assume a less-intensive role as chairman of the board; co-founder Evan Williams replaces Dorsey.
April 2007: The Twitter service becomes its own company.
March 2007: Twitter turns 2.
July 2006: The microblogging service officially launches to the public on July 15. Later this month, co-founder Biz Stone explains what Twitter is in a hilarious video on YouTube.
March 2006: Jack Dorsey creates Twitter. On March 21, he publishes the first tweet ever, which says, “just setting up my twttr.”
just setting up my twttr
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
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