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Twitter Turns 10: Here are 10 Unique Canadian Tweets

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Twitter has turned 10 years old, with founder Jack Dorsey creating the idea back in March of 2006. Below was the first tweet sent by Dorsey:

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The social network has come a long way and it looks like it’s here to stay. Here are some interesting numbers Twitter shared with us as they celebrate a decade of existence:

  • Most retweeted tweet: @TheEllenShow (3.3 million times)
  • Most followed person: @KatyPerry
  • Most mentioned person: @justinbieber (943 million)
  • Most tweeted emoji: Tears of joy (14.5 billion emojis)
  • Most tagged city: Sao Paulo (638 million tags)
  • Most tweeted hashtag tradition: #FF (539 million mentions)
  • Total likes: 250 billion likes
  • Tweets per minute event record: 2014 World Cup Final (618,725 TPM)
  • Fastest to reach 1 million followers: @caitlyn_jenner (4 hours, 3 minutes)
  • Number of times “love” shared on Twitter: 34.8 billion mentions

As for Canadian specific uses of Twitter, the company shared the following notable accounts and events with us:

  • Calgary, Alberta: The Foundations for the Future Charter Academy (@ffcaedu) has several teachers using Twitter creatively in the classroom
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick: The Midget Major Caps (@MajorAAACaps) live-tweets their games
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia: A Twitter-powered observatory (@smubgobs) at Saint Mary’s University takes requests and replies with astronomical images
  • Middlesex County, Ontario: Farmer Andrew Campbell (@FreshAirFarmer) used #Farm365 to share the realities of farming
  • Nova Scotia: RCMP officers in Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) used Twitter to live-tweet 911 calls with #CopCallsNS
  • Peterborough, Ontario: #Odinsbirthday gets teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome trending worldwide
  • Regina, Saskatchewan: The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (@royalsaskmuseum) uses Twitter to help find owner of a lost teddy bear
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: The traffic division of the Saskatoon Police Service (@SPSTraffic) asks Twitter where speed traps should be placed
  • Toronto, Ontario: Ryerson University partners on a Twitter-activated installation In the Air Tonight (@itatonight) to raise homelessness awareness
  • Vancouver, BC: Twitter user Eveline Xia (@eveline155) uses #donthave1million which goes viral to raise awareness about affordable housing affecting Metro Vancouver.

Check out Twitter’s milestone birthday video below:

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