Twitter celebrates its 10th anniversary

Twitter celebrates its 10th anniversary with a look back on its most notable moments and more

It’s hard to believe that Twitter turns 10 years old today , given that still so many people seem to misunderstand its purpose and appeal. Twitter is not Facebook – it’s not a place for socializing among friends, but rather delivers a feed of information that matches up with your own interests. In fact, some of the most notable moments on Twitter are those where the network has capitalized on that potential – like when Twitter served as a digital ground zero for Arab Spring, or captivated the world with images from the U.S. Airways flight’s emergency landing in the Hudson River, for example. For the company’s 10 year anniversary, Twitter released a timeline of what it defines as the network’s most memorable moments over the years (see below). What many of these seem to have in common is their ability to give us a first-hand perspective on breaking news and information in a way that was never possible before. Twitter adds a human element to news that’s otherwise delivered in neutral tones by television broadcasters and other news media. On Twitter, we’ve gotten to witness the world’s happening from a first-hand perspective, like when Sohaib Athar inadvertently live-tweeted the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. (“ A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S “) We’ve read the first tweets sent from space. (“ Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station–the 1st live tweet from Space! 🙂 More soon, send your ?s. “) We’ve celebrated – or decried – President Obama’s reelection . (“ Four more years .”) Twitter’s public social network can make the world feel smaller and more connected, as users from all over tweet about major events, […]