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10 Interesting facts that you MUST know about "Twitter"

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twitter logo small"Twitter twitter little star...how I wonder what you are... up above the internet so high....like a diamond on the (web)sky..." ;). On Thursday i.e. on 10th October 2013, the social media giant, Twitter made an announcement about its going public and releasing an IPO. Here are a few interesting facts about Twitter that you might not know. Enjoy reading!

 

  1. Twitter was born on March 21, 2006 when co-founder Jack Dorsey's account (@jack) automatically sent out the first tweet, which read: "just setting up my twttr."
  2. More than 170 billion tweets have since gone out worldwide. Twitter said on Thursday that it had 218 million active users, as of June.
  3. Twitter is based in San Francisco, with additional employees in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington. Its total payroll exceeds 900.
  4.  Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) has the most followers with 45,366,914 as of 2200 GMT Thursday, followed by Katy Perry (@katyperry) with 44,122,303 and Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) with 40,229,059.  US President Barack Obama (@barackobama) is fourth with 37,501,850 followers; the announcement of his re-election victory in November 2012 was re-tweeted more than 800,000 times.
  5. There are more than 200 million active Twitter users. Eighty percent of all users access Twitter on mobile devices.
  6. About 20 million Twitter accounts are believed to be fake.
  7. The hashtag (#) feature on Twitter which groups tweets by subject came to life in August 2007, after a suggestion by a user.
  8. In January 2013, Twitter introduced Vine, which enabled users to make and tweet six-second looping videos. Some 12 million Vine videos are uploaded every day.
  9. It was co-founded by Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey -- @biz, @ev and @jack.
  10. Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo has been earlier an improvisational comedian.

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