Today marks the 10th anniversary everybody’s favorite 140-character social media platform. Ten years! If it were a human, it would start thinking its parents were annoying and developing an aversion to showering by now.
In the decade since the first tweet, Twitter has literally changed the way the world works. Hashtag, anyone? Before Twitter, it was known as a pound symbol, and was most commonly associated with being used to signal the end of your ID number when banking over the phone. #truth #blessed
But Twitter’s impact on the world goes beyond just the ubiquitous hashtag. Below are ten tweets from the annals of Twitter’s decade-long history that changed our lives, and in some cases the world, forever.
March 21, 2006: The Tweet That Started It All
And with that, Twitter was born. “…we came across the word ‘twitter’, and it was just perfect,” founder Jack Dorsey told the Los Angeles Times in 2009, explaining the origin of the site’s name. “The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information,’ and ‘chirps from birds’. And that’s exactly what the product was.” Dorsey’s first tweet, lacking both punctuation and capitalization, definitely falls into line with the intent.