There’s an old English saying, “Keep a thing seven years, and you’ll always find a use for it.” Today is Twitter’s 7th birthday, which we observe on the day @jack first tweeted. Since then, we’ve seen breathtaking velocity in Twitter’s growth, which is due entirely to your many uses of it. We’re gratified that so many millions of you have made Twitter yours.
It’s thanks to all of you that our open, real-time platform is thriving: we have well over 200 million active users creating over 400 million Tweets each day. The steep trajectory of Twitter’s momentum is something @jack, @ev and @biz only dreamed about back in 2006.
As we’ve grown, Twitter has become a true global town square — a public place to hear the latest news, exchange ideas and connect with people all in real time. This is where you come to connect with the world at large. Get on your soapbox to critique elected officials, or go sotto voce to the neighbor next to you. And as in other gathering places, commerce happens too (and jokes and art-making and debating, and — you get the idea).
This global town square even extends into space: an astronaut like Commander Chris Hadfield can express himself — and so can Captain Kirk. And we can all enjoy the moments when they connect with each other:
@ cmdr_hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB
— William Shatner ( @WilliamShatner) January 3, 2013
@ williamshatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface.
— Chris Hadfield ( @Cmdr_Hadfield) January 3, 2013
We made a video celebrating some of the many moments on Twitter so far. Here’s to your creativity, curiosity and experimentation on our platform. And again, thank you for making Twitter everything it is today.
Posted by Karen Wickre (@kvox)