Twitter celebrates 10th birthday

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A popular social media platform is now a decade years old. Twitter celebrated its birthday Monday.

Originally, the company started as a way for followers to listen to podcasts. It was named Odeo. However, Apple’s iTunes became a force in the area, according to Forbes. The company made a pivot and Twitter was born.

The micro-blogging site now has over 320 million active users. According to the company, 80-percent of users access the platform with their phones. Also, the majority of users live outside the United States.

The first tweet ever made was by co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Twitter said thank you to users in a blog post Sunday.

“On March 21, ten years ago, it began with a single Tweet. Since then, every moment of every day, people connect about the things they care about most — all over the world.
As we mark this milestone, it’s you we want to celebrate. As March 21 begins around the world, each of our global offices will kick off the day by showing our appreciation and gratitude — starting in Sydney and following the sun to headquarters in San Francisco. We are excited to celebrate with all of you.
Throughout the years, you’ve made Twitter what it is today and you’re shaping what it will be in the future. Thank you for making history, driving change, lifting each other up and laughing together every day.”

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