Twelve years ago, Jack Dorsey fired off his first Tweet without realising the impact his social media platform would have on people. Little did he know that the five words tweet would fire off a 160 characters revolution! From being a regular platform back in the day, Twitter now has over 500 million tweets on a daily basis from people across the world. The next time you Tweet something online, take a moment to look at these completely bizarre facts about Twitter!
1. It all began in a playground
What is now a unique social media platform initially started off on a playground. While most success Stories began in backyards, bars or cafes, Dorsey went the other way!
2. The limit on followers
Twitter does not allow users to follow more than 2,000 people unless they have 2,000 followers as well! Why? Because Twitter believes in equality!
3. The name of the bird
While the name of Twitter itself was supposed to be “Twttr,” the name of the blue bird has been consistent from the beginning. The bird is named Larry!
4. Quickest growing Twitter nation
With more than 3 million active Twitter users, Saudi Arabia, with a 300% year on year growth rate, ranks #1 in the world as the fastest-growing Twitter nation.
5. Twitter did NOT invent the hashtag
#NoReally. The usage of hashtags dates all the way back to 1988 when people used to talk to each other through chat rooms called Internet Relay Chats (IRCs.) The first hashtag ever used on Twitter was in the year 2007, when Chris Messina (a former Google employee) proposed using them to clump words in tweets. The idea took off and people started using them on a regular basis!
how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?
— Chris Messina (@chrismessina) August 23, 2007
6. The one billionth tweet
It took 3 years, 2 months and one entire day for the one billionth tweet to go up on Twitter! Not bad at all.
With Twitter being the phenomenon it is today, there is still a lot to be known and a lot to be found out. If you think we missed some truly interesting facts, please feel free to comment and let us know!
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