Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass and launched in July 2006. Today is exactly 10 years since the idea that people can communicate with 140 characters or less was birthed. Did you know that one of the early names considered for Twitter was “Friendstalker”? Here are 10 facts about Twitter in 140 characters or less.
1. 347,000 Tweets are sent every minute.
2. Barack Obama has the most followers on Twitter of any world leader.
3. In 2016, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for asserting his atheism through Twitter posts.
4. In 2012, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez rewarded his 3,000,000th Twitter follower, a 19-year old girl, with a new home.
5. According to the Vatican, you can reduce the time you spend in purgatory by following the Pope on Twitter.
6. The twitter bird is called Larry.
7. After Michael Jackson’s death hit the news, he was mentioned in a rate of 5,000 tweets per minute.
8. A day’s worth of Twitter posts would fill a 10-million-page book.
9. The official Twitter account of @Sweden is given to a random citizen every week to manage.
10. Among the most-used hashtags last year were #JeSuisCharlie, #BlackLivesMatter, #IStandWithAhmed and #TheDress