Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, "tweets," restricted to 140 characters. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface, SMS or a mobile device app. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco, California, United States, and has more than 25 offices around the world.
350,000 Tweets are sent every minute.
Twitter has 310 million monthly active users
The FBI has a Twitter slang dictionary.
The official Twitter account of @Sweden is given to a random citizen every week to manage.
In 2013, a fake tweet temporarily wiped out US$130 billion off the stock market.
Justin Bieber has more followers on Twitter than Spain has people.
Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times have been blocked in China since 2009.
After Michael Jackson's death hit the news, he was mentioned in a rate of 5,000 tweets per minute.
Twitter's bird is called Larry.
In 2011, Twitter users tweeted the equivalent of 8,163 copies of "War and Peace" every day.
According to the Vatican, you can reduce the time you spend in purgatory by following the pope on Twitter.
There's a Twitter account that narrates WW2 in "real-time."
In 2012, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rewarded his 3,000,000th Twitter follower, a 19-year old girl, with a new home.
Barack Obama had the most followers on Twitter of any world leader in his last year in power, 2016.
In 2016, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for asserting his atheism through Twitter posts.
32% of all Internet users are using Twitter.
You can send a friend a Starbucks coffee with a single tweet.
James Cameron once tweeted from the ocean's deepest point. "Hitting bottom never felt so good," he wrote.
The first user to hit 1 million followers was Ashton Kutcher, beating out CNN in a race that was broadcast in a live stream from Kutcher's home.
The most followed brand on Twitter is YouTube with 19 million followers.
McDonalds employs 10 people to run their Twitter account.
Why are posts limited to 140 characters? Twitter was born as an SMS phone service designed to fit its character limit.
The most retweeted tweet ever came from Ellen DeGeneres in March 2014. The star-studded selfie tweet at the Oscars produced 3.4 million retweets.