Twitter is 7 years old today. What a platform, what a journey…
The micro-blogging tool, which started as a concept, discussed over Mexican food in a park in San Francisco, has gone on to change the world. To celebrate, we’re republishing the first Tweet ever (above) plus some interesting Twitter facts:
- 16% of US Internet users now use Twitter (2013 stat)
- Twitter traffic is comprised of 38% broadcast Tweets and 62% engagement, with 22% of Tweets being re-Tweets
- 400 million Tweets are sent every day
- 60% of US Twitter users are on a mobile/cell phone (80% in the UK)
- 50% of Americans send, see, read or hear about a Tweet every day
- Twitter played a major part in the Arab Spring, working with Google to ensure that Egyptian protesters’ voices could be heard and helping to topple Gadaffi in Libya.
In spite of it’s ruthless cull of 3rd party apps in 2011/12 (for which we strongly criticised the platform) we’re a big supporter of how its helped to shape our world and is changing how businesses communicate – especially through more transparent and responsive customer service and engagement. For an excellent potted history of Twitter, read this post on Socialable.