The very popular microbloging company turns eight years old today. The site has continue to thrive, handling about 500 million tweets sent daily by more than 241 million monthly active users, according to Twitter. Here are some memorable moments in Twitter's life:
- SXSW - Even though the company launched nine months prior, Twitter's popularity took off at the 2007 South By Southwest conference. Live tweets about events were displayed on large screens in the hallways and daily usage of the service expanded wildly.
- James Buck's release - University of California student James Buck was arrested on April 10, 2008, by authorities while photographing an anti-government protest in Mahalla, Egypt. He then sent a tweet with one word: "Arrested. His Twitter followers in the U.S. contacted the media, the university and the American embassy, which in turn pressured for his release. Authorities let him go the next day
- Osama bin Laden raid - IT consultant Sohaib Athar inadvertantly tweeted the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Aboottabad, Pakistan. Athar heard a helicopter in the early morning hours and sent out an innocuous tweet. "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)," he wrote. He tweeted for the next few hours about what he saw and heard. After, reports came out saying bin Laden had been killed, Athar tweeted, "Uh oh, now I'm the guy who live blogged the Osama raid without knowing it."
- Ellen's Oscar selfie - At the 2014 Oscars, host Ellen Degeneres broke the record for most retweets with a celebrity-filled selfie. She crammed as many A-list stars as possible into the frame and actor Bradley Cooper took the picture. It now reigns as the most retweeted photo ever, more than tripling Obama's record.
- President Obama's re-election - President Obama broke the then-record for the most retweets on Nov. 6, 2012, when he sent out a photo of him hugging Michelle Obama with the words, "Four more years." It was retweeted more than 800,000 times and sent to more than 200 countries, according to Twitter.