Micro-blogging site Twitter is celebrating their 10 years today. To look back, here are the top 10 moments to celebrate their success.
10. Twitter at the center of Super Bowl
In 2013, there was a massive black out during the Super Bowl. Twitter was already a well-known social media platform back then, but its advertising opportunities were not strong enough for businesses.
When Oreo grabbed the chance to be the light, it became clear that Twitter can go head to head with Facebook in terms of advertising and promotion.
Oreo’s tweet read: “Power out? No problem. You can still dunk in the dark.”
9. Super Hollywood Power Broke Twitter
Fast forward in 2014, Twitter hit another worldwide phenomenon when the Ellen Show host Ellen DeGeneres stormed the Oscars and rallied the big names of that night. It was also very timely because selfies and selfie sticks were just becoming a trend. Unfortunately for Ellen, it was Bradley Cooper who took the photo and apparently, his arms weren’t long enough.
Ellen’s iconic tweet read: “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars.”
8. Adorable Public Proposals
Twitter became an open place where people could share their thoughts and feelings. One of the most talked about proposals was from Max Kiesler, a designer in San Francisco. He posted his proposal to Emily Chang in 2008 and the Creative Director of Adobe said, “Yes, I do!”
There were others who got engaged using Twitter, like Daily Dot’s product manager Grant Robertson and Front-end Developer Greg Rewis.
Twitter became a pool for the romantics too!
7. Twitter for a Cause
As messages triumphed over Twitter, it also became a very powerful tool when Paris experienced a terrorist attack last year. After the attack, the communication system in the area has been blocked and people reverted to Twitter to send out their messages. People started using the hashtag #porteouverte to offer safe haven to those affected by the attacks. Though some had abused the hashtag, this helped a lot of people find a place during the chaos.
6. Twitter For Science
As popular celebrities and politicians started getting verified on Twitter, it also became a massive force for Science. One of the most popular scientists who took advantage of Twitter to educate people was Astronaut Scott Kelly. Kelly has been posting photos from outer space as he continues his journey which he called, #YearInSpace.
Here are some of the breathtaking photos he shared:
5. Osama Bin Laden Attack Inadvertently Announced on Twitter
Back to May, 2011, the Navy SEALs had planned a secret raid that eventually led to the killing of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. It was that moment when IT Consultant Sohaib Athar posted a tweet that gave out the SEAL’s plans. People responded to his tweet immediately and began to ask questions. It was not long when the news confirmed the actual event. Everyone, including Athar, was surprised of how big the event was.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Wins Oscar, Twitter Celebrates
For this year’s Oscars, everyone was grinding their teeth for Leonardo DiCaprio’s win. The long-time actor was said to be deserving for his performance in The Revenant. When he won, Twitter hit a massive record of 440,000 tweets a minute, which broke Ellen DeGeneres’ record.
3. Oprah Verifying Twitter With Her First Tweet
It was just a small site back then and nobody really understood what it meant. But, when influential people started coming in, that’s when the general public knew it was something. Thanks to Oprah’s first tweet back in 2009, Twitter became a legitimate social media platform.
2. CEO’s First Tweet
It was March 21, 2006. Twitter’s CEO and Co-founder Jack Dorsey sent his first tweet.
1. The birth of #HASHTAGS.
So, Twitter, happy 10th birthday to you!
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