Twitter turned 7 years old today.
The social network now has 200 million active users – up from 140 million active users last year. More than 400 million of the 140-characters tweets are sent every day – up from 340 million last year.
Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent his first tweet on March 21, 2006. It wasn't very interesting ("just setting up my twttr"), but the microblogging service has seen a lot of action over the years. Much of it is celebrated in a video, below.
"We've seen breathtaking velocity in Twitter's growth, which is due entirely to your many uses of it. We're gratified that so many millions of you have made Twitter yours. The steep trajectory of Twitter's momentum is something @jack, @ev and @biz only dreamed about back in 2006," according to a company birthday blog post.
"As we've grown, Twitter has become a true global town square - a public place to hear the latest news, exchange ideas and connect with people all in real time. This is where you come to connect with the world at large. Get on your soapbox to critique elected officials, or go sotto voce to the neighbor next to you. And as in other gathering places, commerce happens too (and jokes and art-making and debating, and - you get the idea)."
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