Does it feel like it’s been a lot longer to anyone else? Twitter turns five years old today, and while we’ve already taken a look at some of the awe-inducing numbers the micro-blogging site has been able to churn out, we also decided to take a quick look at some of the more amusing and astounding 140 character memos we’ve been privileged enough to glimpse before they vanish into infinite abyss of the Twitter feed.
#1 In the midst of Sony’s ever-present hacking woes, faux exec Kevin Butler accidentally retweeted a PS3 jailbreak code. Poor guy just thought he was cleverly replying to a Battleship reference.
#2 As Egypt was thrown into revolutionary chaos, a tweet from Google exec Wael Ghonim reading “Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25” aroused concern for his state and drew the attention of millions to the violence-ravaged nation.
#3 Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are two extremely well-known Tweeters, and (in some humble opinions…) two of the most annoying. But Moore used her celebrity for good via the site when one user threatened suicide and her quick response and retweet led to authorities contacting the original tweeter.
#4 Social media has officially gone universal, and Astronaut TJ Creamer was responsible for the first tweet sent from the International Space Station. We were also treated to some Twitpics, a giant step in bringing outer space to the masses.
#5 When Kanye West opened a Twitter account, we knew it was destined for greatness. The two are a match made in heaven and his tweets need no explanation. It’s difficult to choose a favorite, but there’s something about his frustration over cherubic tapestries that is endlessly amusing.
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