Seven years ago last Friday, on March 21, 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent his first tweet:
From this short tweet, a powerful form of communication began. According to Twitter’s blog, the social networking and micro-blogging platform now has well over 200 million active users creating over 400 million tweets each day.
Within its 140 character limit, people created have unique ways to share thoughts with each other throughout the world and far beyond. The first tweet from space was sent in 2009.
The Twitterverse has it all – breaking news, political uprisings and even celebrity gossip. The President (@BarackObama), the Pope (@Pontifex) and Justin Bieber (@JustinBieber) all have accounts.
Even inanimate objects get a voice on Twitter. The Mars Rover has its own Twitter account (@MarsCuriosity); it sends updates about NASA’s latest mission to Mars to over 1 million followers. @Pink_Bracelets tweets to increase awareness about breast cancer. There is also a Twitter profile called Top Tweets (@TopTweets) which selects and retweets some of the most interesting tweets being spread daily.
When hashtags were added in 2007, a new dimension was added. People “gather” virtually via their Twitter streams for dialogue about an event as it happens or on a topic of mutual interest.
I’ve been using Twitter since 2008 (@LindaAbbit). I love to retweet (share) neat ideas, humor and links to interesting articles I find. But, my favorite use of Twitter is while I’m watching sports (#MarchMadness), a favorite TV show (#DowntonAbbey) or an awards show (#Oscars2013). I share my observations with my friends and people around the world all watching these events “with” me. How cool is that?!
OK, I’ll admit it; I also enjoy “eavesdropping” on some of my favorite athletes, artists and celebrities, including @KobeBryant, @Oprah and @BarbaraJWalters. Maybe someday they will reply to one of my tweets.
Happy (belated) birthday, Twitter!
More to read
- How to follow an event on Twitter and get in on the conversation
- How to use Twitter as a newsfeed
And if you’re familiar with the Twitterverse, you’ll enjoy this humorous look at why it really is just like a 7-year-old.
Do you tweet? If not, get started easily here, or ask one of our Techsperts at the Senior Planet Exploration Center. If you tweet, who do you follow?