Fourteen Moments that Defined Twitter

Yesterday was a big day for Twitter. Here are a few of the biggest moments for this 7-year-old social medium.

Over the past seven years, Twitter has evolved into a medium where anyone with an Internet connection can tune in to see celebrities spar, tragedies unfold, and news break–on both a local and global scale. On the eve of the company’s initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, which is poised to surpass Google’s as the second-largest Internet IPO in history, we took a look at 12 moments that shaped Twitter history.

1. Hello, world

Cofounder Jack Dorsey sends his first-ever tweet to the world in 2006.


Twitter launched in 2006, but in the words of co-founder Jack Dorsey, the famed Austin conference “chose to blow it up”. By the end of the week, Twitter traffic had tripled.

3. Miracle On The Hudson

Captain Chelsea “Sully” Sullenberger wasn’t the only person who made headlines when he successfully landed a plane full of passengers on the Hudson River after a double-bird strike. Twitter user Janis Krums snapped a photo of the plane moments after landing that was shared and used by media organizations all over the world, sealing Twitter’s reputation as a breaking news source. Twitter would go on to become an instrumental platform for citizen and professional journalists alike during major events like the Arab Spring and the London riots.

4. “RT If You Like Twitter”

“Retweet is a button that makes forwarding a particularly interesting tweet to all your followers very easy,” Stone wrote in a 2009 blog post. “In turn, we hope interesting, newsworthy, or even just plain funny information will spread quickly through the network making its way efficiently to the people who want or need to know.” What started as a small release eventually became one of the most important, defining features of the current version of Twitter.


In a testament to Oprah Winfrey’s influencing power, an on-air interview between Winfrey and then-Twitter CEO Evan (“Ev”) Williams helped Twitter’s traffic jump 43% week-over-week in November 2009. It also gave us one of the most memorable Twitter exchanges of all-time.

Read more from the source: Fast Company

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