TODAY marks the 10th anniversary of the very first tweet, sent by co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey. Back then, the social network was still called Twittr and tweets were described as ‘short bursts of inconsequential information.’
Since then, Twitter has gone from strength to strength and now has over 300 million active users from school children in India to the Prime-minister David Cameron enabling communication from people across all walks of life.
Users ‘tweet’ their theories and philosophies on every topic imaginable, in a precious 140 characters or fewer releasing an infinite flow of worldwide ponderings into the Twittersphere pulsating around the globe. The former sentence contains 183 characters in case you wondered which is too long for Twitter.
Accounts with the most followers are mainly from the likes of popular music artists: Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift for example.
However, politicians and serious-minded officials have also got in on the act realising the PR power of Twitter. US President Barack Obama has the fourth most popular account, and 83 per cent of world leaders have a Twitter presence, according to the Digital Policy Council. Important news and opinion is also instantly available to the public on the Twitter platform. Information on political unrest, accidents and astronauts in space spread as quickly as you can type 140 characters and are then re-tweeted, followed or shared from laptops, phones or anything that can send a #.
Now, there is even an online Twictionary: The Dictionary for Twitter, A repository for the meanings and manglings of words and language on Twitter.
Words such as Narcissitwit and Tweetivity are common place among devout Tweeters. Happy Twirthday Twitter!