Happy 7th birthday Twitter!

Happy 7th birthday Twitter!

Happy 7th birthday Twitter!


by CBS News


Posted on March 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

NEW YORK -- It's amazing to think how the words "tweet" and "re-tweet" have joined the world lexicon in seven short years. Thanks to a simple communications service called Twitter.

Seven years ago Thursday, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out a message on a relatively unknown service called Twttr.

"Just setting up my twttr," @jack tweeted.

In speaking with Lara Logan on "60 Minutes" Dorsey spoke of how he was inspired by the way emergency dispatchers communicated in short bursts.

"They're always talking about where they're going, what they're doing and where they currently are. And that's where the idea for Twitter came," Dorsey said.

Twitter has been a communications outlet for world leaders, politicians, celebrities and spiritual leaders. Since its launch, the microblogging service has been used to break news, propose marriage, and even help enable a revolution.

Early adopters of Twitter used it for everything, including talking about their lunch to networking by setting up events called "tweetups" -- a Twitter meetup. As the service grew, people began expanding their uses for it, as well.

Below are some facts about Twitter:

  • A tweet can be up to 140 characters long
  • There are 200 million active Twitter users worldwide
  • 400m tweets are sent every day
  • It took three years, two months and a day for the first billion Tweets to be sent on the platform, and the same number is now sent every two-and-a-half days
  • 40 percent of users don’t actively Tweet - they simply use Twitter as a way to follow their interests, 140 characters at a time

Twitter timeline:

  • March, 21 2006: Jack Dorsey (@jack) first sketched out his notion for a new communications tool in San Francisco, California, and sent his first tweet
  • July 2006: After several months of being available only to employees and friends of the company, “Twttr” became publicly available
  • August 2007: The hashtag (#) feature, first proposed by a user, debuted on Twitter with this tweet.
  • September 2008: Twitter introduced the Trending Topics feature.
  • April 2009: Ashton Kutcher challenged CNN to a race to be the first to reach 1 million followers.
  • August 2009: Twitter launcheed the retweet feature.
  • April 2010: Twitter donated access to the entire archive of public tweets to the Library of Congress
  • April 2011: Twitter launched Trends in 70 more locations
  • September 2011: Twitter announced 100 million global active users
  • July 2012: Twitter was available in 30 localized languages
  • December 2012: Twitter announced 200m worldwide active users