Twitter turns 10, next up those awkward teen years
Twitter turned 10 on Monday. If anyone had said 10 years ago that Twitter would change how the world interacts and learns, that person would have earned the hashtag “keepdreaming.”
That’s exactly what Twitter did, though, and that dreaming has led to 320 million active users.
Thank you for an incredible 10 years. We can't wait to see what you Tweet next: https://t.co/H7GZBf5TMN
Love, Twitter #LoveTwitter
— Twitter (@Twitter) March 21, 2016
Considering the first tweet, from co-founder Jack Dorsey, no less, it could only get more interesting because …
just setting up my twttr
— jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
Twitter certainly is growing up. From insipid updates of users’ food intake and their moods, the microblogging service has become a go-to for breaking news all around the world and thoughts on social issues.
When pilot Chesley Sullenberg safely landed a disabled plane carrying 155 people atop the Hudson River in New York, many saw this Twitpic image first back in 2009:
http://twitpic.com/135xa – There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.
— Janis Krums (@jkrums) January 15, 2009
Since then, the leader of the free world — President Barack Obama — other politicians and leaders (people, Pope Francis tweets), comics, musicians, scientists, the FBI and more have signed up to share in 140 characters or less.
And they’re even sending from out of this world.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) August 1, 2015
It’s true that Twitter’s growth has slowed — stocks have tumbled from $50 a share last year to under $17 now — but it’s 10. When children are 10 they are beginning to roll their eyes when their parents tell them what to do. And they back talk!
We know this because it’s on Twitter from both sides.
Those are growing pains. Hopefully its teen years will be prettier than the majority of adolescent humans.
Happy birthday, bluebird.
Starting in 🇦🇺 on 3/21 and moving across the 🌍, we thank you for 10 incredible years.
— Twitter (@Twitter) March 20, 2016
Twitter celebrated by tweeting and retweeting.
— Peter Heacock (@PeteHeacock) March 21, 2016
— Zach King (@FinalCutKing) March 21, 2016