Twitter, a popular micro-blogging website with currently 200 million users, turns 7 years old on March 21, 2013 (Thursday). To celebrate this wonderful event, here are some interesting Twitter facts you might want to know:
1. Twitter almost never existed. Back in 2006, a company called Odeo helped people publish their audio files. The company, suffering from lack of growth and investors, decided to carry out a “hackathon” brainstorming competition one day. This led to the birth of Twitter.
2. Twitter was made on a playground. Dom Sagolla, the founding team member, said that the group went to a playground in South Park, a small area in San Francisco, and sat on top of a slide. Along with Jack Dorsey, they talked about an “idea so simple that you don’t even think about it—you just write.” This became the inspiration of the multibillion-dollar company.
3. According to Sagolla, when Twitter began, “everyone’s first tweet was automated.” Jack Dorsey published their first tweet on March 21, 2006, “Just setting up my twttr.” At present, it has more than 8,900 re-tweets.
4. At present, Justin Bieber, a pop musician, has 36 million followers, which makes him the user with the most number of followers. A social media management company, Hootsuite, is following more than 1.1 million accounts, which gives them the record of the user with the most number of “following” list. The user who has tweeted the most number of times is a girl from Japan, @Yougakduan_00. She had 36,402,262 tweets before Twitter suspended her account. YouTube is the most followed brand with almost 25 million followers.