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ntHard to believe but on March 31, 2011 Twitter celebrated the fifth anniversary of its first tweet ,on twttr at the time, by co-founder Jack Dorsey.
ntAs of today, the average number of tweets has reached 140 million per day – that’s about 1 billion per week – with a high of 177 million on March 11 after the Japanese earthquake disaster.
ntControversy over the first tweet does exist. Many report this as the first tweet by Dorsey but note that this time stamp is 12 minutes later than previous one.
ntSome more amazing stats: 572,000 Twitter accounts were created on March 12, 2011 alone. The number of mobile accounts has increased by 182 percent in the past year. The record of tweets per second is 6,939 set in Japan, 4 seconds after midnight on New Year’s Day.
ntTwitter co-founders Evan Williams (left) and Biz Stone.
ntThe word limit of 140 was established because that’s the maximum number of words allowed on a phone text message.
ntHere is co-founder Jack Dorsey (left) hanging out with Qik’s Daniel Brusilovsky at iPhone Dev Camp 2 in 2008.
ntTwitter had 8 employees in 2006. There are now over 400.
ntTwitter’s first logo. Twitter was created by Dorsey, Stone and Williams at the podcasting company Odeo. The three plus other Odeo members formed Obvious Corporation to break off Twitter from Odeo in October 2006.
ntTwitter’s current logos.
ntOne of the first “funny tweets” posted by Twitter in 2006.
ntTwitter’s first baby.
ntFirst announced firing on Twiiter (2006).
ntFirst announcement of a Web site launch on Twitter in 2006.
ntOne of the first Twitter apps in 2006, the “twadget.”
ntAnother 2006 Twitter app.
ntHere’s “Twapp” from 2006.
ntA screenshot from Twitter in 2006.
ntA recent Twitter app – Twitter for BlackBerry.
ntTwitter first gained notoriety as a dumb app that let people Tweet anything irrelevant but it has lately been a critical tool for breaking news – from political unrest in Iran, Egypt, Libya and other countries to the spread of information during natural disasters such as the recent Japanese earthquake.
ntZack Whittaker even says that Twitter is politicizing today’s youth.
ntTwitter rescheduled maintenance time in 2009 to keep lines of communication open during a crisis in Iran.
ntThe Republicans have certainly taken notice with Speaker of the House John Boehner.
ntBack to the aimless tweets for Serena Williams.
ntMartha Stewart gives critical pie-making tips.
ntRachel Zoe gives fashion tips.
ntAnd find out the latest from the San Francisco Zoo.