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It’s a banner week for social media if you are into marking milestones. Google, which owns YouTube, announced the online video-sharing service now averages 1 billion monthly users who stream 4 billion hours of content every month.
And Twitter, the micro-messaging behemoth, is celebrating its seventh birthday today. It was 2006 when @jack (Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s executive chairman and product lead) sent the world’s first tweet: “just setting up my twttr,” 8:50 p.m. 21 Mar 06. Dorsey, who identifies himself as “a sailor, a tailor,” now has more than 2.2 million followers.
YouTube is a year older than Twitter, created in 2005 by three former PayPal employees, but both it and Twitter have drastically changed how humans interact – some would say for the better while others, not so much.
As Fortune magazine put it, “YouTube is the video for the mobile generation that might never subscribe to cable, is growing insanely fast and is pretty much already used by everyone. This, despite the lack of great discovery tools (although they are improving) and a relatively small amount of professional grade content (also improving).”
Twitter, meanwhile, is just as domineering when it comes to spreading news quickly. When it turned 6 last year, the company was seeing 340 million tweets a day. Now its 200 million active users are sending 400 million tweets a day.
Twitter’s editorial director, Karen Wickre, wrote: “Twitter has become a true global town square — a public place to hear the latest news, exchange ideas and connect with people all in real time.”
Here’s a sampling of some of the first tweets celebs sent, based on a USA Today compilation
@oprah “HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY.” 2:11 PM – 17 Apr 09
@BarbaraJWalters “This is my first day on twitter All exited. Getting ready to do The View Must get my hair done” 1:55 PM – 20 Apr 09
@billcosby “Have a tweet time and I will write tweet nothings in your ear.” 11:00 PM – 07 Jul 09
@TheEllenShow “Tis my first twitt-er. Or tweet? Twit? Or tweet? ‘Twit or tweet everybody.’ Is this anything?”7:03 PM – 10 Mar 09
Do you remember your first tweet? What about your first or favorite YouTube video posting?