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It’s nine years since the first Tweet was sent

Twitter is celebrating its ninth birthday, with the social giant looking back on almost a decade of changing how the world communicates.

With the 140-character service having originally launched under the similar, but slightly less iconic moniker – twttr, the first ever Tweet was sent by co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Making history on 21 March, 2006, Dorsey tweeted: “just setting up my twttr.”

Needless to say, the social network has seen a few more poignant messages shared in the past nine years.

Celebrating its impact on global communications, Twitter has rung in its big day by pushing out nine events the company is most proud of having covered during the past nine years.

From the re-election of President Obama to Germany winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the list includes some of the biggest cultural events in recent years.

It also highlights occasions where Twitter has helped shape the coverage of events, including the crash landing of an aircraft in New York’s Hudson river – an event which helped bring the Facebook rival to the fore.

At our nine-year mark, we continue to say that Twitter is what it is because of the people who use it,” an official spokesperson for the company stated.

They added: “We will continue to thank you and celebrate you in the coming years as you use Twitter to reflect both the world at large and the world immediately around you.”

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Twitter currently serves around 288 million active users per month, with a staggering 500 million tweets sent each and every day.

Second only to Facebook in terms of overall users, Twitter’s most followed user is pop star Katy Perry who boasts 54.2million followers.

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