It’s been 10 years since the 140-character or less social platform has taken conversations online, offline and beyond. Despite the ups and downs, Twitter is celebrating it’s 10-year achievement by sharing cleverly crafted thank you messages and milestone dates tracking the growth of the service.
The series of Twitter thank yous will roll out across the planet as various regions wake up to the exact anniversary date of March 21.
Starting in ???????? on 3/21 and moving across the ????, we thank you for 10 incredible years.
— Twitter (@twitter) March 20, 2016
“As March 21st begins around the world, each of our global offices will kick off the day by showing our appreciation and gratitude,” reads the announcement from Twitter posted on Sunday. “Starting in Sydney and following the sun to headquarters in San Francisco.”
— DivasandDorks (@DIVASANDDORKS) March 21, 2016
We’ve asked our readers about social media and they’ve shared why they’re still in love with Twitter! Check out a few of our favorite responses below!
NoniShay C. – “Other than Facebook it’s where I can communicate with a wide demo of people. I can go anywhere in the world and find people tweeting.”
Brittany A. – “Twitter lol the shade is to real! And I love watching tv shows with such comedic strangers.”
Can we remind you that we’d never have priceless clips of famous people reacting to “Mean Tweets” on TV if it wasn’t for Twitter…and The Jimmy Kimmel Show!
Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition
Mean Tweets “Live”
Jen L-S. – “That’s where most of my engagement happens.”
Brandi M. – “Because it’s a live feed. And always entertaining!”
Taylor B. – “I love Twitter because I find people who are interested in what I am really quickly!”
Twitter Turns 10: How Tweets spread across the world
One of the company’s thank you treats is an interactive graphic that shows the spread of several major Twitter events as they were retweeted around the globe.
Some of the major Twitter events covered included the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012, Germany’s epic World Cup win in 2014, the break up of One Direction in 2015 and even the Osama bin Laden raid in 2011.
When did you fall in love with Twitter? Who are some of your favorite Tweeters to follow? Share why you’re still in love with Twitter below!
(Hey girl hey!) Let’s talk summer beauty! I love having conversations with my girlfriends about favorite skincare products, go to hair products and more! We swap secrets, compare products and always learn something new from each other. This summer, I have sworn by layering bronzers, using primer sprays and tonic masks for my “get pretty and go” looks. And now, my girls and I are taking our beauty talks online for a summer beauty chat like no other.
We’re talking summer beauty! Including skincare, bronzers, hair and more – and we want to talk to you!
Who are my girls? None other than the fashionable and exceptionally stylish Kela Walker from KelasKloset.com and beautiful grey haired bombshell Ty Alexander from GorgeousInGrey.com. Together, we have practically tried every shade, skin treatment and beauty regimen out there and now we want to talk about it all – with you!
Join us next Tuesday, August 19th as we discuss our favorite beauty regimens, skincare products and more! We’ve got some amazing prizes on tap from our illustrious sponsors Doo Bop, Cricket, Maybelline New York and Mario Badescu Skin Care and it’s sure to be a great night of fun!
What: Summer Beauty Twitter Party #DSBeautyChat
When: Tuesday, August 19th @ 8PM (EST)
Where: Twitter Baby!
Why: Because girls love talking about beauty! Right?!?
(Tell a friend, tag your bestie and follow the hashtag #DSBeautyChat we want to talk to you next Tuesday!)
See you there!
Wondering why #EsuranceSave30 is trending on Twitter this morning? Esurance is giving consumers a chance to win$1.5 million in a first of it’s kind Twitter sweepstakes.
John Krasinski announced Esurance’s Twitter sweepstakes in a television commercial that aired on FOX at the conclusion of last night’s game. Appearing on camera with a giant pallet of money, Krasinski told viewers all they need to do to have a shot at winning $1.5 million — the largest single amount of money ever given away using the Twitter platform — was tweet #EsuranceSave30.
Why $1.5 million dollars? This was the first time Esurance purchased national advertising associated with one of the year’s biggest media events, and in keeping with their efficient approach to insurance, they opted for air time immediately following the game. Compared to an in-game commercial, the post-game time slot provided a 30 percent savings = (totaling $1.5 million), and Esurance is passing those savings to one consumer using the simplest, most modern means available.
The entry period for the sweepstakes lasts until 1:00 a.m. PST on February 4, and the winner will be revealed Wednesday night during Jimmy Kimmel Live! on February 5, at 11:35pm | 10:35pm CT on ABC.
Have you begun tweeting #EsuranceSave30 yet? What would you do with your $1.5 million dollar winnings?
What’s all the buzz regarding Twitter’s NYSE debut today? Twitter is taking over the New York Stock Exchange and the public is eating it up. Thinking about buying Twitter stock? Here’s five things to know about Twitter IPO and NYSE.
1. The magic number WAS $26. Twitter priced shares at $26 a pop, above the $23-$25 that had been predicted. The $26 price values the company at $18.34 billion. That’s more than Macy’s, which has a market capitalization of $17 billion, and Bed Bath & Beyond, which is around $16 billion. According to markets service Dealogic, Twitter becomes the second largest Internet IPO by an American company, trailing only Facebook. It’s also the third-largest U.S. IPO this year. UPDATED: Twitter actually began trading at a whopping $45.10 that’s more than 73% of it’s original set price.
2. A busy debut. As with many high-profile IPOs, Twitter will see plenty of activity on day one at the stock exchange. “We’re going to see enormous trading volume,” says Global X Funds CEO Bruno del Ama, who expects a bump in Twitter’s share price by the close of the markets. Once the initial Twitter buzz hits, the company’s share price will eventually fall back down. “In a few days after the IPO, you’re going to start seeing the stock price settling down a little bit,” says del Ama.
3. The world’s newest billionaires. Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, owner of the largest stake in the company, will reap the most rewards from the IPO launch. He’s expected to rake about $1 billion. If the stock price doubles, fellow co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey would join Williams in the billionaires club. On March 21, 2006, Dorsey posted the world’s first tweet: “Just setting up my twttr.”
4. How prepared is the NYSE? There is some concern Twitter’s arrival could feature the same scattered technical glitches that plagued Facebook when it joined the Nasdaq last spring. However, following a successful test run, the NYSE appears confident it can handle the extra volume. “We are being very methodical in our planning for Twitter’s IPO, and are working together with the industry to ensure a world-class experience for Twitter, retail investors and all market participants,” said NYSE spokeswoman Marissa Arnold in a statement.
5. Should you get shares of Twitter? There are several ways for regular investors to snag Twitter shares, from working with a brokerage firm to buying through a mutual fund. But should you? As USA TODAY”s Matt Krantz explains, if you don’t know how to buy shares of IPOs, then don’t try. But even if you do invest regularly, you might want to hold off. As Krantz notes: “If the large, wealthy investors aren’t snapping up the shares, you should ask why not.”
Twitter is changing the way we view content mixing offline and online behaviors. Yes people. On October 9th, Twitter signed a deal with Comcast Xfinity TV cable service that let their viewers access TV shows and also buy movie tickets from Fandango directly from a tweet – seriously. Viewers will see a ‘see it’ button in a tweet for them to click and access the two services. The two companies are calling it an instant online remote control. And you thought social media was just for socializing – no it’s for consumers to be social, engage, view, and buy.
Imagine tweeting back and forth with your twitter friends about a popular show and then you have the option to “see it”. It sounds like the obvious next step in twitter and TV integration.
And that’s not all. The ‘see it’ button will allow Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers to set their DVRs, tune to shows online via TV or mobile device, and tweet in real-time. The channels that are currently on board for this new service with Twitter is NBC, USA, Bravo, and MSNBC. More channels will be added soon.
The company said, “We are trying to take advantage of all these social media conversations by linking people to our great content,” said Sam Schwartz, Comcast Cable’s chief business development officer. “Social media has become another way people find TV shows they want to watch, and we want to be right there in that discovery process.”
The founders of Twitter could not have predicted this. Twitter and TV? But Twitter’s goal is clear now – if you enjoy watching good TV, take to Twitter and talk about – engage.
Scandal ranked #1 on the new Nielsen Twitter TV ratings for its season premiere last week. The popular drama clocked in 713,000 tweets reaching a Twitter audience of 3.7 million.
Breaking Bad’s season finale generated a record 1.24 million tweets. The conversation peaked at 22,373 tweets per minute.
Twitter’s history has been known for breaking news like the Arab Spring, US Airways Flight 1549 landing on the Hudson River, to Lady Gaga’s meat dress at the VMAs and now TV conversation.
Fred Graves, the head of Twitter TV said, “When viewers watch TV–their smartphone or tablet at their side–using Twitter to chat with their virtual friends about a program, it creates “the world’s biggest couch,” he says. And who better to have gossiping on the sofa with you than the star of the show?” I know you agree. I sure do. So if it’s Scandal, Breaking Bad, Games of Thrones, or Homeland, I look forward to reading the Tweets and engaging my Twitter friends in real time.
Nevertheless, Twitter has a few hills to climb – getting celebs to join Twitter and also Tweet about their TV dramas, which is the case with James Spader, the star of the highly rated The Blacklist. Spader is not on Twitter but the company is trying to get him on.
“The actor is returning to television this fall as a creepy criminal mastermind in a highly anticipated show called The Blacklist, Graver wants Spader on Twitter posting behind-the-scenes photos from the set, live-tweeting episodes, conversing with fans–and hell, maybe even tweeting creepy criminal-mastermindy things. That would be just fine.” (Fred Graver, Twitter’s head of TV)
And so as Nicole Laporte put it, “Today, Twitter and TV may be synonymous–a show is no longer a show without a requisite hashtag.”
Tell us what you watch and tweet.