Interesting and Surprising Facts About Twitter that will Amaze you

Sushree Sangeeta Behera Sushree Sangeeta Behera
Jul 29, 2021 7 min read
Interesting and Surprising Facts About Twitter that will Amaze you

Possessing more than 250 million active users, Twitter is one of the most talked-about and most used social media stages. It has this number of active users who log in at least once a month.

So basically Twitter is a microblogging and social media networking site of service. This American-based social media platform allows its users to post and have normal interaction through messages.

And these messages are known are โ€œTweetsโ€. Only the foremost registered users can post, like, and retweet the old tweets, but the ones who are unregistered are only able to read them and nothing other than that. Before knowing some surprising facts about Twitter, let's have a look at its highlights.

So as Twitter has been growing on a larger scale in terms of membership, platform popularity, and its day-to-day usage. So now it looks increasingly very interesting to have a look at the facts and other figures about this micro-blogging social media platform that is Twitter. Some of the interesting facts about Twitter are:

Twitter - The hashtag was first seen in 2007.
Twitter - The blue Twitter bird in the Logo is Larry.
Twitter - The first tweet was done on March 21, 2006.
Twitter - Friendstalker
Twitter - The Library of Congress often archives all tweets.
Twitter - Barack Obama has the most number of Followers.
Twitter - If you follow the Pope on Twitter, you are a better person.
Twitter - Nearly 4 Lakh Tweets are being made a minute.
Twitter - Early days' problems.
Twitter - Ellen DeGeneres's Selfie
Twitter - Initially, it was โ€œTwttrโ€ not โ€œTwitterโ€.
Twitter - The Official Account of Sweden
Twitter - The most preferable time to tweet.
Twitter - A Hangtag
Twitter - Twitter is being banned in many countries.
Conclusion
FAQs

Now let's discuss these facts in detail.

Twitter - The hashtag was first seen in 2007.

At first, there were doubts about whether the hashtag would ever become popular with internet users since it appeared too technical and nerdy. The person who is to date held responsible for introducing the famous hashtag into this packed digital world is Chris Messina.

Hashtags were designed just to help the existing users connect with a much particular theme. They are mostly used during events and other conferences to help people find other relatable posts about a similar thing.

Twitter - The blue Twitter bird in the Logo is Larry.

Twitter Bird - Larry
Twitter Bird - Larry

Another interesting fact about Twitter is Larry, the bird in the logo of Twitter. Many people including Twitter users also may not know that Larry was its name and something like this existed.

Larryโ€™s name came before the world as well as the limelight after the year 2012 although this social media platform was being operated since 2006 with the same logo. When people started questioning and speculating about whether Larry is a definite name or not. It later got confirmed by a manager of Twitter.

Interesting Facts about Twitter

Twitter - The first tweet was done on March 21, 2006.

The first interesting fact about Twitter is that that first tweet was tweeted factually on 21st March 2006. Jack Dorsey, one of the present co-founders of Twitter was the man to post the first tweet.

So, Jack Dorsey took it to Twitter and posted the first-ever tweet in the entire history of Twitter at exactly 9.50 P.M. The tweet read, โ€œjust setting up my twttr.โ€

Twitter - Friendstalker

Another interesting fact that hardly anyone knows is that โ€œFriendstalkerโ€ was one of the original ideas for the name other than Twitter. Initially, this name was highly on the cards.

This was obviously because Twitter allows its users to stalk their friends and other celebrities too through their posts and tweets. They can also look out for what they have been talking about. We would have seen using this brand by a different name, had the name โ€œ Friendstalkerโ€ won in the end.

Twitter - The Library of Congress often archives all tweets.

One of the underrated interesting facts related to Twitter is that in 2010, the United States Library of Congress started archiving all tweets.

But it was announced in 2017 that it would be more selective with its tweets that are being archived. This decision came in because the number of tweets was increasing. So, thinking rationally, the Library of Congress decided that it will archive only a certain number of tweets only for the interest and benefit of the people of America.

Twitter - Barack Obama has the most number of Followers.

Most Followed person on Twitter - Barack Obama
Most Followed person on Twitter- Barack Obama

Another interesting fact about Twitter is that Barack Obama the former President of the United States of America is the most followed person on Twitter with 129.8 million followers.

He has the most number of followers on Twitter followed by Justin Bieber with 113.8m followers and Katy Perry with 108.3m followers.

Twitter - If you follow the Pope on Twitter, you are a better person.

Another interesting yet hilarious fact of Twitter is that according to the Vatican if a person follows the Pope on Twitter, the person is good.

This is because the Catholic Church and the Vatican claim that helping the needy, charity to the poor, and enchanting the prayers daily make you a better person.

Twitter - Nearly 4 Lakh Tweets are being made a minute.

One of the most interesting facts about Twitter is that, in an average single Minute, approximately 4 lakh Tweets are being posted on Twitter.

This sums up to a massive number of 500 million Tweets a single day. It seems a large quantity but in comparison, Facebook has an average of 4 million new posts every single minute and thatโ€™s huge concerning Twitter.

Twitter - Early days' problems.

By early 2007, Twitter started to grow more, and the communications and media team had the advantage of the famous conference and events to make the usage maximum and add more people to Twitter.

Around 2007, approximately 50,000 tweets were made every single day on Twitter. This in return proved to be too efficient for the existing servers to handle at a time.

Twitter - Ellen DeGeneres's Selfie

Ellen DeGeneres's selfie in March 2014 on Twitter
Ellen DeGeneres's selfie in March 2014 on Twitter

And here we come to the most interesting fact about Twitter: Ellen DeGeneres's selfie in March 2014 at the Oscars became the most retweeted tweet ever in the history of Twitter.

It then becomes one of the most celebrated selfies of all time, as well as being a famous tweet. As also this was one of the main objectives of the tweet by the time Ellen posted it.

Twitter - Initially, it was โ€œTwttrโ€ not โ€œTwitterโ€.

Another interesting fact about Twitter is that it was not called Twitter in its earliest days as it is now. The name โ€œ Twttrโ€ was the actual name chosen for this service. The basic idea for this name is still attributed to Noah Glass.


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Twitter - The Official Account of Sweden

Another stunning fact about Twitter is that in Sweden the official account was being run by a new swede every other week. Yes, itโ€™s true. In 2011, the Swedish government handed over the keys of the official Twitter handle to any citizen every week. The aim was to show the country as it existed through the eyes of the various citizens.

Twitter - The most preferable time to tweet.

Yes, this is a most useful and interesting fact for a Twitter user. This is because if you are a Twitter user then you must tweet within this time to get maximum reach for your tweet. This is because the most active user is found in between this period.

Twitter - A Hangtag

Another interesting fact about Twitter is that when a tweet is ended with an empty hashtag it is called a hangtag. This is because it is considered to be Twitterโ€™s version of the mic drop.

Twitter - Twitter is being banned in many countries.

One of the most interesting and trending topics of issue about Twitter is that it is getting banned by many countries. This is because it is violating the restrictions of the government.

Recently it got banned by Nigeria. Before it was banned by China and some issues were also raised by India to ban it.

Conclusion

So at last these were all the interesting facts about Twitter. Some were highly underrated and overrated. Some were on some positive or negative note. Yet Twitter is considered as one of the most powerful social media platforms to raise a powerful voice in later being supported by other people.

FAQs

When was Twitter founded?

Twitter was founded in the Year 2006.

When was the hashtag first seen on Twitter?

The hashtag was first seen in 2007.

What is Hangtag?

A tweet ended with an empty hashtag it is called a hangtag.

When was the first tweet on Twitter?

The first tweet was tweeted factually on 21st March 2006.

What is the age limit for opening a twitter account?

Twitter requires people to be 13 years of age or older for using twitter services.

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