Twitter Time line
The first social networking site dedicated to status updates or ‘Tweets”.
March 2006 - Twitter is founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams
21 March 2006 – First Tweet by Jack Dorsey – “just setting up my twttr”
12 July 2006 – web developer Jonathan Markwell, is Britain’s first Twitterer, having been on the service since July 12 2006, as user No.51 of the 140 first people to sign up for Twitter.
July 2006 – Launched publicly
2007 - Twitter had 400,000 tweets posted per quarter
May 2008 – Twitter’s new engineering team made architectural changes to deal with the scale of growth. Stability issues resulted in down time or temporary feature removal
August 2008 - Twitter withdrew free SMS services from users in the United Kingdom and for approximately five months.
10 October 2008 – Twitter’s status blog announced that instant messaging service (IMS) was no longer a temporary outage and needed to be revamped.
2008 – 100 million tweets posted per quarter in 2008
5 January 2009 – 33 high-profile Twitter accounts were compromised after a Twitter administrator’s password was guessed by a dictionary attack.
9 March 2009 – According to Quancast, 27 million people in the US used Twitter.
11 June 2009 - Twitter launched the beta version of their “Verified Accounts”, allowing famous or notable people to announce their Twitter account name. The home pages of these accounts display a badge indicating their status
12 June 2009 – in what was called a potential “Twitpocalypse”, the unique numerical identifier associated with each tweet exceeded the limit of 32-bit signed integers (2,147,483,647 total messages).
25 June 2009 – The death of Michael Jackson, Twitter server crashes after users were updating their status to include the words “Michael Jackson” at a rate of 100,000 tweets per hour.
June 2009 - According to a study by Sysomos, women make up a slightly larger Twitter demographic than men — 53% over 47%. It also stated that 5% of users accounted for 75% of all activity, and that New York has the most Twitter users.
6 August 2009 – Twitter and Facebook suffered from a denial-of-service attack, causing the Twitter website to go offline for several hours.
17 December 2009 – a hacking attack replaced the website’s welcoming screen with an image of a green flag and the caption “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army” for nearly an hour. No connection between the hackers and Iran has been established.
By the end of 2009 – 2 billion tweets per quarter were being posted
January 2010 - Obama makes his first Tweet
February 2010 – Twitter users were sending 50 million tweets per day
March 2010 – Twitter recorded over 70,000 registered applications, according to the company
11 April 2010 – Twitter acquired application developer Atebits. Atebits had developed the Apple Design Award -winning Twitter client Tweetie for Mac and iPhone.
13 April 2010 – Twitter announced plans to offer paid advertising for companies that would be able to purchase “promoted tweets” to appear in selective search results on the Twitter website.
May 2010 - a bug was discovered by İnci Sözlük users that allowed Twitter users to force others to follow them without the other user’s knowledge.
In the first quarter of 2010 – 4 billion tweets were posted
June 2010 – about 65 million tweets are posted each day, equaling about 750 tweets sent each second, according to Twitter
14 June 2010 – a record was set during the 2010 FIFA World Cup when fans wrote 2,940 tweets per second in the 30 second period after Japan scored against Cameroon.
17 June 2010 – The record was broken again when 3,085 tweets a second were posted after the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory in the 2010 NBA Finals.
23 August 2010 – Lady Gaga takes Britney’s Twitter crown with more than 5,741,000 followers compared with 5,703,000 for Britney Spears.
21 September 2010 – an XSS Worm became active on Twitter.