Twitter Turns 10: Here are 10 Unique Canadian Tweets

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: