By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

March 21, 2013 | 2 min read

Twitter is today celebrating its seventh birthday, with the first ever tweet sent by Jack Dorsey on March 21 2006, when he wrote "just setting up my twttr".

The site now has over 200 million active users, with over 400 million tweets being created every day.

Karen Wickre, editorial director of Twitter, said: “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 neighbour next to you. And as in other gathering places, commerce happens too (and jokes and art-making and debating, and — you get the idea).

“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.”

According to Starcount, Justin Bieber holds the top spot on Twitter with over 36.1 million followers, while last year Obama wrote the most popular tweet of all time.


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