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Seven highlights for Twitter’s 7th birthday

Twitter was 7 years old yesterday.

I’ve personally been on Twitter for almost all that time. As I write, I’ve been on there (as @maxormark) for 6 years, 3 weeks, 2 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes, 22 seconds!

I got on to it after another SEO colleague mentioned it, and thought it was going to be big. Well, it seems he was right.

There are lots of facts an figures about Twitter and how best to use it, but on a Friday afternoon it more a case of a little light-hearted look at the joys and japes of everyone’s favourite micro-blogging web site.

So, here are seven random highlights for seven years of Twitter.

  1. Before she died, Amy Winehouse was no stranger to controversy. When producer Mark Ronson (@iamMarkRonson) said in an interview that he had “created the tracks” on Amy’s 2007 Back To Black album, she hit back, via Twitter: “Ronson you’re dead to me. One album I write and you take half the credit – make a career out of it? Don’t think so BRUV.”
  2. When septuagenarian acid-tongued comedienne Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) took to Twitter to poke fun at Lindsay Lohan, LiLo’s former girlfriend Samantha Ronson hit back: “Hey Joan Rivers – you have collagen older than Lindsay, pick on someone your own age, oh wait, I guess people that old can’t hear.”
  3. In Feb 2009 celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton)tweeted that he should be cast in Lily Allen’s next video. Allen’s reply was in the negative, telling her followers that she’d “already cast the jealous and bitter lonely old queen role”. Perez retorted: “If I wanted to be a f***ed up Brit, I’d rather be Amy Winehouse – whose got talent.”
  4. Possibly the worse for wear, meltdown actor Charlie Sheen (@CharlieSheen) tweeted a message to pop wild child Justin Bieber containing his personal mobile number. But instead of sending it as a Direct Message, he tweeted it publicly to his 5 million followers. The number has since been disconnected and the Tweet deleted. #winning!
  5. Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) is not famous for her intellect but the Tweetscape certainly got the measure when she posted: “No, I didn’t go to England; I went to London.”
  6. When marketing types at Skittles decided to save money by redirecting to a Twitter search result page – instead of building a website – they got more than they bargained for. Tweets posted on the site included: “Skittles got stuck in my mouth while I was driving, forced me to slam into orphanage, killing hundreds. I’ll never eat them again.”
  7. When would-be employee Connor Riley (@theconnor) received an offer from IT giant Cisco, she tweeted: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.” The job offer was withdrawn.

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