Today, Twitter turned ten! It all started from a young entrepreneur named Jack Dorsey who changed Internet history with five words: “just setting up my twttr” (and yes that is how he spelt it!). Twitter is the world’s largest open chat room, introducing hash tags, mentions and direct messages into our to verbal and social arsenal.
Twitter has undoubtedly changed the way people communicate online, most notably with its 140-character format that, for better or worse, urges users to be selective with their words. The social platform has also become a go-to for following world events in real time.
For the past ten years, every moment of every day, people have tweeted and connected about the things they care about most!
The Most Popular Tweet
The most popular tweet of this decade was Ellen DeGeneres with her selfie at the 2014 Oscars, receiving over 3 million re-tweets. Within hours it became the most-retweeted post in Twitter’s history.
You also have the day Kim Kardashian broke the internet with her butt in 2014. Well, she didn’t literally “break it”, but she definitely broke through, setting off a flood of coverage and commentary.
Upon reflection of Twitters ten years in business, I do begin to wonder if Twitter will still be around in 2026? How will this online platform evolve and change to ensure it is not only profitable but remains a strong game player in the very competitive social media landscape.
However, regardless of my opinion, Twitter remains very optimistic for their future and have thanked users in its birthday blog post for “making history, driving change, lifting each other up and laughing together every day.” Here’s to ten more years Twitter…hopefully..!