Twitter Celebrates Seventh Birthday This Week

As if you didn’t already have enough nagging reminders out in the real world that you’re getting old, the Internet also has you covered: Twitter is celebrating its seventh anniversary this week, and shows no slowing of taking over the world, 140 characters at a time.

It all began on March 21, 2006, when Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out this gem:

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That twt - rather, tweet - birthed a social media revolution, pushing the site into top position as an online stream of consciousness for web-goers around the world. Now, for better or for worse, we’d be hard-pressed to envision a world free of inappropriate hashtags, passive-aggressive subtweets and wince-inducing interpretations of the verb “to tweet” (“What did you just twit?” is a frequent quote of older, Internet-challenged relatives).