Twitter turns 10 today: Let’s look at the top 10 tweets of the decade

Twitter, the micro blogging site, completes ten years of its existence today. It entered the world on March 21, 2006 and since then its gone public and amassed over 320 million active users.
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India TV Buzz Desk March 21, 2016 15:02 IST

New Delhi: Twitter, the micro blogging site, completes ten years of its existence today. It entered the world on March 21, 2006 and since then its gone public and amassed over 320 million active users.

On the day, the social network released a thank you note penned to its users around the world. The note is squeezed into a 140-character tweet, which is a reaffirmation of the company's commitment to the character limit.

We can’t deny the fact that Twittter’s – ‘140 characters’ have changed the way people communicate, express and take part in the happenings around.

The free service has become a go-to platform for politicians, entertainers, activists and everyday people and one of the top sources for breaking news.

Here are the top 10 tweets:

1. First tweet – 2006

Twitter co-founder and current CEO Jack Dorsey sent out his first tweet: "just setting up my twttr" on March 21, 2006.

just setting up my twttr

— Jack (@jack) March 21, 2006

2. First Hashtag -- 2007

The birth of the first #hashtag, by Chris Messina in the year 2007. The first hastagged word was #barcamp.

how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?

— Chris Messina ︎ (@chrismessina) August 23, 2007

3. Ice on Mars -- 2008

 NASA said there's ice in space, after the Phoenix Mars lander discovered patches of ice on Mars in 2008

Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!

— MarsPhoenix (@MarsPhoenix) June 20, 2008

4. Miracle on the Hudson – 2009

Twitter introduced the world to images soon after the Miracle on the Hudson. US Airways plane with 155 passengers onboard struck a bird on takeoff and miraculously landed in the Hudson River.

Twitter user Janis Krums, one of the first witnesses on the scene, broke the news on Twitter with an image.

http://twitpic.com/135xa - There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.

— Janis Krums (@jkrums) January 15, 2009

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5. Tweet from Space -- 2010

Astronaut Timothy (TJ) Creamer sent the first live tweet from space, in January 2010: "Hello Twitterverse!"

Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station -- the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s

— TJ Creamer (@Astro_TJ) January 22, 2010

6. Live Tweeting of Osama Killing -- 2011

Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant living in Abbottabad, Pakistan, unintentionally live tweeted the Osama killing after noticing the helicopters hovering in his neighbourhood.

It was actually the US Navy Seals raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).

— Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) May 1, 2011

7. Re-election of Obama – 2012

Barak Obama celebrated his re-election as the President of United States in 2012 with a historical tweet. It read "Four more years" and included a photo of him embracing the First Lady.

This tweet was the most retweeted post until 2014’s Oscar selfie happened.

Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012

8. Oscar Selfie – 2014

Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie with A-list celebrities is the most retweeted tweet in the history of micro blogging site. It has been retweeted by over 3.3 million times.

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014

9. #PrayForParis -- 2015

The terrorist attack in Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people saw millions of people taking it to Twitter with hashtag #PrayForParis to show solidarity and peace.

Earlier, the attack on offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the city also created a world wide rage on Twitter.

Join us in praying for Paris. #PrayForParis pic.twitter.com/mMfYIKPfq0

— Lakewood Church (@lakewoodch) November 14, 2015

10. Leonrado Dicaprio's Oscar win – 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar win for Best Actor in February was a historical moment for Twitter as well.  It caused a spike of 440,000 tweets a minute and broke DeGeneres' Oscar selfie record.

Thank you to the Academy and the incredible cast & crew of #TheRevenant. #Oscars

— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) February 29, 2016

 

Beyond humbled by this recognition. #TheRevenant shows the beauty of nature. Help protect it https://t.co/iGQ2c9fmEn pic.twitter.com/bTOrhF15RY

— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) February 29, 2016

 
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