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Twitter celebrates fourth birthday


  Twitter's Jack Dorsey makes history with this first Tweet.

2010 is proving to be a great year for Twitter. The darling of social networking celebrated its fourth birthday yesterday, having hit a remarkable 50 million Tweets a day milestone in February, with the 10 billionth Tweet sent on March 5.

How did founders Evan WilliamsBiz Stone and Jack Dorsey mark the occasion? Below are March 21 Tweets from Williams and Dorsey and a March 20 Tweet from Stone. Make your own conclusions.

@ev: OH: "If I had to date myself, I'd put a gun in my mouth."

@biz: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

@jack: Happy 4th Birthday, @Twitter. I'm so proud of you. #twitterday

Dorsey likely did not realized the extent to which Twitter would become so engrained in people's daily lives when he made history with this banal first Tweet back on March 21, 2006: "just setting up my twttr."

But he certainly does now. Think if Dorsey had launched Twitter with this inifinitely more prophetic Tweet sent on Feb. 8, 2010: "One could change the world with one hundred and forty characters." 

Twitter birthday wishes
Among the more notable reactions from well-wishers:

"Happy B-day Twitty. May you get past 140."

"Only four years old and look at you. I wonder what you will be like when you have grown up."

"While initially cynical about the benefits of the tool, once I 'got it', I was hooked. Now if only it could do my laundry..."

For more information:
Happy Birthday Twitter!
Happy 4th Birthday Twitter! 2006-Today
Happy Birthday Twitter. This little bird is all grown up ...

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Alison Cummings is a Web Strategy consultant and Social Media blogger based in Montreal. You can find her on Twitter @alisoncummings and Facebook


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