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.