Happy 10th Birthday Twitter! The highs and lows of the social media giant’s first decade

Charlotte Jee
Charlotte Jee

Charlotte Jee

Charlotte is Techworld editor. She joined as senior reporter in April 2014 having previously worked as assistant editor at Government Computing.

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Updated 21 June 2016: This week Twitter announced it had acquired London-based machine learning specialists Magic Pony Technology for $150 million. 

2016 is Twitter's 10th birthday!

It’s gone from an idea suggested by a New York University undergraduate student in a brainstorming session to a global platform with over 300 million monthly active users.

It has become the go-to place for breaking news, funny memes and a place to find like-minded people across the world although it inevitably also has a darker side, with spam accounts, trolls and ‘cyber jihadists’.

Despite its popularity, Twitter’s success is far from certain. It has faced a backlash from users over recently-announced changes to the platform and has struggled to prove itself financially. It is now worth just over $10 billion, down from a high of $40 billion in 2013.

We review the highs and lows of Twitter’s first decade.

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