by Kate Newton
As if you didn’t already have enough nagging reminders out in the real world that you’re getting old, the Internet also has you covered: Twitter is celebrating its seventh anniversary this week, and shows no slowing of taking over the world, 140 characters at a time.
It all began on March 21, 2006, when Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out this gem:
That twt - rather, tweet - birthed a social media revolution, pushing the site into top position as an online stream of consciousness for web-goers around the world. Now, for better or for worse, we’d be hard-pressed to envision a world free of inappropriate hashtags, passive-aggressive subtweets and wince-inducing interpretations of the verb “to tweet” (“What did you just twit?” is a frequent quote of older, Internet-challenged relatives).
Twitter just surpassed 200 million active users who send over 400 million tweets per day, according to the company. This may pale in comparison to Facebook’s insane claim at over 1 billion monthly active users, but an increase of over 60 million Twitter accounts in the past year alone has confirmed the site’s credibility as a social media behemoth.
The Twitter team released a “Greatest Hits” video in honor of the milestone that you can view at the top of the post, taking a brief, year-by-year look at some of the site’s most defining moments. Things don’t get too interesting until 2011, when Twitter played a vital role in spreading information about the Arab Spring and the devastating earthquake in Japan.
“We can’t wait to see what you tweet next,” reads the Twitter banner at the end of the video, essentially forgiving you for every lame movie quote, song lyric or Twitpic selfie you’ve posted over the last seven years.