Twitter is celebrating its seventh birthday — the anniversary of when co-founder and current Twitter executive chairman Jack Dorsey sent out the first message — and has posted a celebratory video documenting its growth into a global communication platform. The video traces Twitter’s growth from concept to the introduction of its video service, Vine.
“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,” wrote the company’s editorial director, Karen Wickre.
The company reported that it’s now seeing over 200 million active users send 400 million tweets per day, marking quite a bit of growth over the past year. On its sixth birthday last year, the company said it was seeing 340 million tweets per day.
The volume of tweets alone is impressive, but Twitter took care to highlight the kind of messages being spread through its network now — tweets from space, tweets about revolution and conversations between notable people that anyone can see. The company has invested a lot of time and effort, for example, in getting high-profile people to join its network, such as the former Pope Benedict, who handed his “@Pontifex” Twitter handle on to his successor, Pope Francis.