The first Tweet was five years ago today

On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey posted the world’s first tweet with the very exciting news that is quite similar to most people’s first tweet when he said “just setting up my twttr“.

(it was called “twttr” for a while before they added some vowels and made it “twitter”)

Some of the history of Twitter:


  • March 21: First Tweet
  • July 15: Public launch, but quiet for a while


  • March: Launched for real at SXSW and starts to take off.
  • April: Reached 80,000 users.
  • April 9: I signed up and started out with the very helpful “registering for twitter” message.
  • Dell became the first major company to start using Twitter.


  • July: LA earthquake is first covered on Twitter.
  • November: Facebook tries (and fails) to buy Twitter.



  • September: Twitter launches redesigned website


  • Twitter is key to communication in Egypt when government cuts internet access
  • Roughly 190 million users now generate 140 million tweets per day.

Interestingly, it took more than three years to reach the one billionth tweet, and now it gets over a billion tweets per week!

Do you use Twitter?  When did you join? (Hint: use to find out if you don’t remember)

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About Mickey Mellen

Mickey is GreenMellen's token “tech guy” and his skills are greatly valued on the GreenMellen team. With over 9 years of WordPress experience and a passion for helping others, you will often find Mickey leading a North Atlanta-based MeetUp, All Things WordPress. He is also highly involved in social media and knows the ins and outs of everything from Facebook to Google+. There’s no denying Mickey’s brain is a good one to pick!


  1. Nice summary Mickey!
    I use twitter and have grown to thoroughly enjoy it. I like it better than Facebook, but I still use Facebook. I’ve had a twitter account since April of 2009 but I didn’t start using it on a regular basis until about 6 or 7 months ago.

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