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March 21, 2006: The First Tweet Ever

March 21, 2006: First Tweet

The first tweet, published on March 21, 2006, read “just setting up my twttr.”

It’s hard to believe that just a decade and a day ago, Twitter didn’t exist! On March 21, 2006, the first tweet ever was published. It read, “just setting up my twttr.”

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey sent out that first tweet. A number of others followed with the same tweet. When Twitter first got established, it automatically sent out the “just setting up my twttr” as the first tweet of a new account. The “twttr” wasn’t to save characters; that was the name of the platform at the time!

Dom Sagolla sent out the 14th tweet ever, and it was indeed prescient.  “Oh this is going to be addictive,” he said.

Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with more than 100 million users posting 340 million tweets a day in 2012. The service also handled 1.6 billion search questions per day.  In 2013, Twitter was one of the ten most visited websites and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet.”  As of May 2015, Twitter has more than 500 million users, out of which more than 332 million are active.

Twitter’s usage spikes during prominent events. For example, a record was set during the 2010 FIFA World Cup when fans wrote 2,940 tweets per second in the thirty-second period after Japan scored against Cameroon on June 14. The record was broken again when 3,085 tweets per second were posted after the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory in the 2010 NBA Finals on June 17, and then again at the close of Japan’s victory over Denmark in the World Cup when users published 3,283 tweets per second. The record was set again during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between Japan and the United States, when 7,196 tweets per second were published.  Finally, when singer Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, Twitter servers crashed after users were updating their status to include the words “Michael Jackson” at a rate of 100,000 tweets per hour.  The current record as of August 3, 2013 was set in Japan, with 143,199 tweets per second during a television screening of the movie Castle in the Sky (beating the previous record of 33,388, also set by Japan for the television screening of the same movie).

Today, the online social networking service has 25 offices across the globe and boasts over 332 million active users. Looking back on that first tweet, it’s crazy to see how far we’ve come in just ten years!

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