Twitter Timeline

DRAFT: Key moments in the history of Twitter, a product of Odeo.


Known to be missing:

  • MotrinMoms
  • United Breaks Guitars
  • Southwest and the movie guy
  • Other celebrities: @TheRealShaq, @kanyewest, @justinbieber, @johncmayer deleting his account…
  • Other F500s: @starbucks and @bestbuy / @twelpforce
  • Chilean earthquake


Image From The Guardian, By Pete Cashmore, Mashable


March 21, 2006
The first version of @Jack’s idea for twttr launched with a web interface. The idea had been incubating for six years.

May 2006
Key staff let go: @Adam, @Dom, @Rabble and @TonyStubblebine

July 15, 2006
Twitter beta goes public on @Ev’s birthday.

October 2006
Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey and other members of Odeo formed Obvious Corp. and acquiring all Odeo assets, including [@Dom’s book]

December 5, 2006
Twitter adds AOL/AIM support.

December 14, 2006
Sam Sethi announces on Twitter that Michael Arrington has fired him; the first person to announce a firing on Twitter.


March 2007
Twitter wows SXSW, wins the web award in “blog” category.

April 2007
Twitter spun off with @Jack as CEO. [@Dom’s book]

April 30, 2007
Then Sen. Barack Obama posts his first tweet.

May 29, 2007 launches a “reply” page for users to see Tweets directed at them with the @ symbol, a shorthand developed by the community.

July 23, 2007
Presidential candidate John Edwards answers questions from Twitter following the YouTube/CNN debates. [@Dom’s book]

September 2007
Twitter is part of the MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas.

November 2007
Twitter featured on episode of CSI.

December 3, 2007
Vint Cerf, chief evangelist at Google, picks Twitter as one of “the most exciting areas of development on the web and in the world” in this article for The Guardian.


January 23, 2008
David Parry, an assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas, evangelizes Twitter as a tool for academia.

March 3, 2008
Comcast (@ComcastCares) is the first publicly-traded company to create a Twitter account. [@Dom’s book]

April 10, 2008
James Buck, a journalism graduate student traveling in Egypt as part, tweets (as a text message) one word: “Arrested.” His 48 followers contacted UC Berkeley, the U.S. Embassy and the media.

April 22, 2008
Twitter creates an official Twitter Japan service.

May 30, 2008
Twitter introduces an icon that quickly becomes known as The Fail Whale, because Twitter uses saw it when the service was down. benedikt koehler traces the meme to @Ev, who mentions the term in a video interview with Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer).

July 14, 2008
Twitter acquires Summize, one of the most popular third party applications for searching the Twitterstream, and integrates search.

November 12, 2008
Twitter passes the one billion tweet mark. See the latest number from GigaTweet.


January 15, 2009
Ashton Kutcher posts his first tweet, a foreshadowing of celebrity glamor.

April 17 2009
Ashton Kutcher passes the 1 million follower mark, beating @CNN to the goal by about a half hour.

April 17, 2009
Oprah Winfrey posts her first tweet, while live on national TV; Twitter goes mainstream in mindshare. [Find number of Twitter accounts at this point.]

May 13, 2009
NASA’s Mike Massimino (@astro_Mike) is the first person to tweet from space.

June 2009
Iran election …[placeholder]

June 11, 2009
Twitter launches verified accounts.

June 11, 2009
Dell Computer announces that it has made more than $2 million in sales from its @DellOutlet account.

August 13, 2009
Twitter announces Project Retweet, a retweet API but an integrated retweet feature on

October 19, 2009
Twitter passes 5 billion tweets.

December 20, 2009
Trident runs a full page ad in USA Today, featuring tweets from customers.


January 2010
The Haiti earthquake brought out the best in Twitter: updates from people on the groundtexts for fundraising. But it also highlighted the perils of tweeting-before-thinking, as one meme led to the Haitian consulate being flooded with unnecessary phone calls.

February 18, 2010
Canadian media run wild with rumor of Gordon Lightfoot’s death.

February 23, 2010
Twitter hits 50 million tweets a day (600 tweets per second).

March 4, 2010
Twitter passes 10 billion tweets.

April 9, 2010
Twitter acquires Tweetie, a popular iPhone application.

April 14, 2010
Twitter announces that the Library of Congress will archive all public tweets; the service is managing 55 million tweets a day. The announcement comes at the first official developer conference, Chirp, where Twitter also announces Goo­gle Replay.

April 20, 2010
Twitter releases Twitter for Android.

May 19, 2010
Twitter releases Twitter for the iPhone.

May 19, 2010
The spoof account @BPGlobalPR is launched, makes fun of BP’s public relations efforts regarding its Gulf Oil explosion.

June 24, 2010
Twitter hits record 3,283 tweets per second during Japan-Denmark World Cup match.

June 30, 2010
Twitter requires third party applications to use OAuth for authenticated access.

July 30, 2010
Twitter begins making “suggestions” as to who you might like to follow.

August 2, 2010
Twitter passes 20 billion tweets.

August 10, 2010
Twitter announces “Fast Follow,” which lets you receive updates via SMS without setting up a Twitter account.

August 20, 2010
Twitter creates a “share this” bookmarklet for any browser.

September 2, 2010
Twitter has more than 145 million users and 300,000 OAuth applications.

September 14, 2020
Twitter announces a redesigned website experience that will incorporate multimedia.

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