From the very first tweet by its founder to its IPO, let’s review these tweets that made the history of Twitter, and sometimes even captured moments of World history.
The very first one
The very first tweet in history was sent on March 21st 2006 at 9:50PM in New-York. It was sent by none other than Jack Dorsey, its founder. Created based on exisiting SMS services, Twitter was conceived around the rule of the maximum 140 characters per message, which was the limit imposed by Mobile Phone providers back then.
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
Today Dorsey has more then 2,5 million followers.
Birth of the Twitter Culture
Slowly introduced by its members, the Twitter Slanguage rules over the platform today. With the “#”, “#@” and other “RT”, Twitter has developed a real community who talks, discuss, exchange and inform the world about major events, with for example the #OccupyWallStreet demosntrations back in July 2011.
September 17th. Wall Street. Bring Tent. http://bit.ly/re9ENL #OCCUPYWALLSTREET
— Adbusters (@Adbusters) July 14, 2011
“Earth, this is Twitter”
Four years after its creation, Twitter has gotten big, very big. Even in Space. T.J. Creamer, American astronaut, uses the wireless Internet network on-board the international space station to send the first extraterrestrial tweet in the history of mankind, on January 22nd 2010.
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
Obama beats all records
Counting almost 800 000 retweets, this is the most popular tweet in history. Sent in the late night of the 6th November 2012, it traveled through over 200 countries worldwide. The author was a certain Scout Tufankjan, a young photographer form Brooklyn, hired by the team of Barrack Obama a few month earlier.
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
There is a plane on the Hudson River
On January 15th 2009, Janis Krums tweets a picture of the plane which had just landed on the Hudson River.
http://twitpic.com/135xa – There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.
— Jānis Krūms (@jkrums) January 15, 2009
Immediately relayed by all the American media, this tweet shows the palace twitter has taken in the news industry. Janis Krums now introduces himself n his website as “the guy known to have been at the right place at the right time with my iPhone”.
Since then other major news were first broken on the micro-bloggin platform such as the death of Ben Laden or the arrestation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New-York.
Obviously, it was with a tweet that Twitter announced its IPO.
We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.
— Twitter (@twitter) September 12, 2013
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