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A Twitter world, 140 characters at a time

 In eight short years, our world has been expanded by 140 characters into a digital Twitter-verse world.

And the world will never be the same.

The first report of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was a simple tweet: “A” helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event), wrote Sohaib Athar @realityvirtual.

Now Twitter is a major communication force in the world. It is considered a necessity by celebrities, professional athletes, politicians and ordinary citizens in communicating and sharing information and opinions with their followers.

More than 200 million people around the world actively connect through, but there are still many who may not know what the micro-blogging network even is.

Yet Twitter is now celebrating its eighth anniversary.

On March 21, 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey simple typed “Just setting up my twtr,” according to a USA Today report.

That was the first tweet ever.

The social media network is helping its users now find their very first tweets on the microblogging platform. Millions of tweeps (Twitter users) will use the hashtag #FirstTweet as they re-share their very first tweet.

Just search the hashtags #NDSU, #Mercer or #Dayton to read fans celebrating their teams’ upset wins Thursday in the NCAA’s March Madness tournament.

The network celebrated a bit early in November when the company went public on the New York Stock Exchange with the biggest technology stock launch since Facebook’s offering in 2012.

Twitter has now become an essential communication tool for the masses and a place to learn through the millions of prolific tweeters across the globe.

We have become a Twitter world.

And as it happens, The Jamestown Sun is part of it too. Feel free to join the conversation with @jamestownsun.