On March 21, 2006, a new social network was born: its aim is to share messages of merely 140 characters.
Twitter has definitely changed the way we communicate online and it now counts over 300 million active users.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey writes on his blog post: “Ten years ago, it all began with a single Tweet. Since then, every moment of every day, people connect about the things they care about most - all over the world.”
A revolution in the social media world appreciated particularly from media and bloggers that find Twitter a new and efficient way to spread real-time news through Internet.
From discoveries on Mars by Nasa, to Bin Laden’s hiding place in Pakistan, from Occupy Wall Street and more recently to the movement #BlackLivesMatter, many of the major sociopolitical events of the world have been announced through Twitter.
Over the years, Instagram photo previews have disappeared, but filters, GIF, emojis, Vine loop video and Periscope streaming have taken their place. Last year, Moments have been introduced and shortly after surveys; in November, the latest revolution of the year: Twitter replace the star with a heart for favorites. This year, the most interesting tweets can be placed on top.
Despite the latest controversies, one thing is for sure: the tweet limit stays at 140 characters, Twitter CEO confirms it.
Although lately things aren’t going that well, the microblogging is still optimistic and thanks its users for “making history, driving change, lifting each other up and laughing together every day”.
Happy Bday Twitter!