Twitter Facts

Twitter Facts
Twitter is a social network service, established in 2006, that allows its users to send short messages called 'tweets' on a mobile device or computer. These messages are 140 characters or less. Twitter was created by four partners: Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass, in March of 2006. It was launched in July 2006 and by 2012, 340 million tweets were being sent each day. The first Twitter message was sent by Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006 at 9:50pm. It simply stated 'just setting up my twttr'. The original name of Twitter was twttr because the domain name was owned by someone else. Six months after Twitter launched they bought the domain name
Interesting Twitter Facts:
Twitter was conceived by employees at a company called Odeo. In October 2006 the employees and creators of Twitter, along with other Odeo members, purchased Odeo and Twitter.
In 2007 Twitter was formed as its own company.
Twitter's popularity grew rapidly after a conference in 2007 called the South by Southwest Interactive conference, where it met with great enthusiasm and increased tweets from 20,000 a day to more than 60,000.
By 2008 Twitter was posting 100 million tweets each quarter, and by 2012 it was up to 340 million tweets per day.
From launch until its 1 billionth tweet, it took 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day.
Every second there are 10 mentions of Starbucks on tweets.
The 2012 Presidential election was the most tweeted US political event in its history.
It is estimated that 32% of the people using the internet also use Twitter.
Lady Gaga is the most followed Twitterer with more than 33 million followers.
Approximately 27% of all Twitterers live in the United States.
Half of Twitter users are on mobile devices.
Saudi Arabia is ranked as the fastest growing Twitter nation in the world with a 300% growth rate of users.
The majority (60%) of Twitter users are female.
Approximately 40% of the people who have registered for a Twitter account have never sent a tweet.
Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Warren Buffet are three of the richest people in the world. They all have Twitter accounts.
When retweeting a tweet a user types RT before the post. If they modify the tweet they include MT to symbolize 'modified tweet' before the tweet.
The 'unfollow' button option on Twitter was originally going to be labeled as "leave'.
Twitter has been approached by Facebook at least twice to sell the company but Twitter refused.
There were 1,600 new millionaires created because of the Twitter IPO. There were three billionaires created from Twitter fortunes as well - Peter Benton, Jack Dorsey, and Evan Williams.
If you live in China you can't use Twitter or Facebook but you can use LinkedIn.
Ellen DeGeneres created the most retweeted tweet in 2014. She was hosting the Oscars and took a selfie with several celebrities in the background and sent it out. This resulted in 3.4 million retweets.
Ashton Kutcher was the first Twitter user to gain 1 million followers.

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