Micro-blogging service Twitter has celebrated its seventh birthday with the Facebook rival continuing to add high-profile users.
Having risen to become an integral tool for millions of users and now a reliable source of breaking global news, Twitter has today celebrated its seventh birthday, with a selection of famous users taking the occasion to declare their love for the social service.
Launched on March 21 2006, the first ‘Tweet’ was sent by the site’s co-founder Jack Dorsey who, using the 140 character restricted service, originally known as Twttr, posted: “just setting up my twttr”.
Now a prominent feature in many walks of life, Twitter currently has more than 200 million active users, with a hefty 400 million Tweets sent on a daily basis.
Yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne joined Twitter just hours before announcing the annual budget, taking to the micro-blogging service to declare: “Today I'll present a Budget that tackles the economy's problems head on helping those who want to work hard & get on.”
Highlighting Twitter’s true scale, Labour leader Ed Miliband responded to the budget via the Facebook competitor, stating: “Growth down, borrowing up, families hit, and millionaires laughing all the way to the bank #downgradedchancellor.”
Helping celebrate the service’s big day, Twitter has asked a number of famous users to share their thoughts on the social outlet with the likes of Virgin head Richard Branson giving their views.
Speaking via his own Twitter feeds, Branson declared: “To me, Twitter means a way to communicate with people in real-time, highlight good cause and – above all – have fun!”
Branson’s comments were echoed by other high-profile users, with comedian Sarah Millican stating: “It’s always there. A link to the world. To tell me which celebs have died or show me a video of a monkey on a pig. Friends & fans alike.”