Tweet this: Interesting facts about Twitter

Twitter has submitted documents ahead of a planned flotation on the stock market. Photo: Press Association

Social networking site Twitter has submitted documents ahead of a planned flotation on the stock market, the company revealed yesterday.

Here are some facts about the micro blogging site which has become a social media phenomenon:

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  • The first tweet was sent in San Francisco, California, by Twitter creator Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006.
  • 500 million tweets are now sent daily.
  • It took three years, two months and one day for the first billion tweets to be sent on the platform. The same number are now sent every 48 hours.
  • The hashtag (#) feature, first proposed by a user, first appeared on Twitter in August 2007.
Hashtags are now widely used on Twitter Credit: Press Association
  • Twitter supports more than 35 different languages.
  • There are more than 200 million monthly active users around the world, and around 10 million users in the UK alone.
  • Uk Twitter users are very mobile - 80% of UK users are active on mobile, compared to 60% globally.
  • The re-tweet feature was launched in August 2009, more than three years after the platform was founded.
  • The most re-tweeted tweet to date was from US President Barack Obama:
  • In March 2012, James Cameron sent a tweet from the ocean's deepest point, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.
  • Pop star Justin Bieber has the most followers with around 44.5 million.
Justin Beiber is the most popular person on Twitter Credit: Twitter/Justin Beiber
  • Singer Adele is the Briton with the most followers, with more than 17.5 million.
  • Twitter has 1,500 employees at its headquarters in San Francisco, while a further 2,000 work in offices around the world.