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The History of Twitter
What makes Twitter so great and powerful?
With the limitation of keeping a message to 140 characters and not being ad-supported, many of us wonder how does it do so well and stay a float in the social media game. Find out how it all started, how they are cashing in and who is using the social media to gain more fame by attracting millions of followers.
The History of Twitter
4 Ways Twitter Cashes In
Millions Follow These Folks
  • 2006
    July 2006

    The first-ever tweet was posted by co-founder Jack Dorsey as part of an internal messaging system for the podcasting company Odeo. It said simply, "just setting up my twttr."

    Image Credit: Stephen Lam/Reuters
  • 2006
    July 2006

    The full version of Twitter was introduced publicly on July 15, although Twitter didn't spin off into its own company until the next year.

    Image Credit: Robert Galbraith/Reuters
  • 2009
    April 2009

    Actor Ashton Kutcher narrowly outpaces CNN to become the first Twitter user with 1 million followers.

    Image Credit: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
  • 2009
    June 2009

    Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran in protest after a disputed election. Demonstrators took to Twitter to get the word out, inspiring the phrase "Twitter Revolution."

    Image Credit: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters
  • 2010
    January 2010

    Astronaut Timothy Creamer sent the first live tweet from space under his account, Astro_TJ.

    Image Credit: Ho New/Reuters
  • 2010
    April 2010

    The Library of Congress announces plans to archive every public tweet on Twitter.

    Image Credit: From
  • 2011
    January 2011

    Twitter and Facebook play a key role in "Arab Spring" uprisings as people in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya and other countries used the social network to message each other and organize protests.

    Image Credit:Joe Duran/CNN
  • 2011
    May 2011

    Sohaib Athar unwittingly live tweets while U.S. Navy Seals raid a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Osama bin Laden was killed during the raid.

    Image Credit: Reuters
  • 2011
    June 2011

    U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner resigns in disgrace after confessing to sending lewd photos of himself to women on Twitter. Weiner's New York City mayoral bid was derailed by similar revelations.

    Image Credit: Anthony Weiner Campaign
  • 2012
    June 2012

    NASA landed a rover, Curiosity, safely on Mars and began exploring the Red Planet while beaming updates to Earthlings via a clever and educational Twitter account. Today it has 1.4 million followers.

    Image Credit: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
  • 2012
    November 2012

    Israel Defense Forces live-tweeted their rocket attacks against Hamas in Gaza, including a photo of a Hamas leader they claimed to have killed.

    Image Credit: Ammar Awad
  • 2012
    December 2012

    Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter as @Pontifex, becoming the first pontiff to do so.

    Image Credit: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
  • 2013
    January 2013

    Twitter users in Japan and Korea set a record by posting 33,388 tweets per second in their time zone as the New Year dawned on Jan. 1.

    Image Credit: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
  • 2013
    January 2013

    Twitter launched Vine, an app that lets users shoot and share six-second looping videos. It has since acquired more than 13 million followers.

    Image Credit: From
  • 2014
    March 2014

    Ellen DeGeneres takes a moment during the Academy Awards broadcast to orchestrate a selfie with a group of stars. Bradley Cooper, seen in the foreground, was holding the phone at the time. "If only Bradley's arm was longer," Degeneres tweeted , "Best photo ever." It became the most retweeted post of all time, beating the record set by President Barack Obama the night of his re-election in 2012.

    Image Credit: @theellenshow/ Twitter


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