Twitter recently celebrated its 9th birthday.

History of Twitter

It has been 9 years since the popular micro-blogging site debuted in 2006. Since then there have been some pretty epic moments shared in short 140 characters messages. With its 288 million active monthly users, Twitter has definitely come a far way, with Twitter claiming that 500 million Tweets are composed every day. It is hard to believe that it all started with a single Tweet from co-founder, Jack Dorsey. Let’s take a trip down memory lane with some of the best Tweets of the past 9 years. Check out the history of Twitter through Tweets:

The Tweet that started it all. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the first Tweet back in March 2006 when the service was still called “Twttr“. Since then the tweet has been Retweet over 50 000 times and has been Favourited more that 40 000 times.

Chris Messina was the Twitter user who started the trend of using a hashtag on 23 August 2007. Now in 2015 Twitter without hashtags seems like a foreign concept.

Twitter has been the barer of some pretty great news and this Tweet by the MarsPhoenix Twitter account confirming that ice was found on Mars by the Mars Phoenix Lander was out of this world.

Even royalty uses Twitter, showing that Twitter isn’t just reserved for us commoners.

Twitter has become the place where you get your up-to-date real-time news. President Obama took to Twitter to first announce that he was re-elected for a second term as President of the USA.

Twitter is the go-to place to get your pop culture fix and to stay up to date with what’s happening basically everywhere all the time. You can either Tweet about a massive global event like the disappearance of flight MH370 or you can Tweet about the surroundings and circumstances you are finding yourself in, like Ellen DeGeneres who Tweeted the now-famous Oscar selfie. The Tweet broke the internet way before Kim Kardashian and got over 3 million Retweets, making it the most popular Tweet ever!!!