Ten tweets that made history

Posted on Apr 14, 2022, 6:19 PMUpdated on Apr 14, 2022 at 7:46 PM

Since its creation in 2006, the blue bird social network has made history on several occasions. Once limited to 140 characters, short messages with 280 characters have sometimes shaken stock markets or launched historic movements through the use of hashtags.

Strong diplomatic exchanges, announcements with international effects and “first” tweets in the world and in space… Here is a selection of “tweets” that made the history of the social network.

1. The very first tweet in history

This message is now worth its weight in gold. The very first tweet in history was written by the co-founder of the social network, Jack Dorsey, in 2006. “I am creating my Twitter account”: the businessman sold this short sentence in the form of an NFT (“token non-fungible ”) for $2.9 million in March 2021.

Estavi, the person who obtained this historic tweet, has offered this digital copy for sale for $48 million. A week after the sale, the offers on the special platform OpenSea were however lower, around 10,000 dollars for the highest bid.

2. The most retweeted tweet in history

The record for the most shared tweets on the platform currently goes to Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, boss of the Zozotown clothing sales site. He introduced himself to the West by buying the first tickets to travel around the Moon and stayed in space.

In January 2019, the latter promised to offer 100 million yen, or 800,000 euros, to 100 of his followers chosen at random. The latter had to retweet the message posted by the billionaire before the deadline. The tweet was retweeted 3.8 million times in 36 hours.

3. The Pope’s first tweet

On December 12, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff to tweet. Under the pseudonym of @pontifex, the pope sent the following message: “My dear friends, I am happy to communicate with you through Twitter. Thanks for your generous reactions. I bless you all with great hearts. Since then, the account is available in many languages ​​and has been taken over by Pope Francis, followed by more than 18 million Internet users.

4. Donald Trump’s “typo”.

“Covfefe”: this word was used by former US President Donald Trump, very active on Twitter, but does not appear in the dictionary. “Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” the head of state wrote in 2017, prompting questions from many Internet users. Typo or coded message? Donald Trump said at the time that the tweet was intentional, but the mystery remains.

5. #IAmCharlie

The hashtag “I am Charlie”, sent in support of the victims of the attack against the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in January 2015, was launched on January 7, 2015 by Internet user @joachimroncin. The photo accompanying the tweet and hashtag was used thousands of times in support of the victims of the January 2015 attack in France.

6. “Use Signal”

Billionaire Elon Musk is known for his Twitter outbursts that sometimes shake the financial markets. One of his most recent tweets, “Use Signal,” was to extol the merits of Signal’s encrypted messaging. Within hours, the message sent a jump in the stock price of Signal Advance, a small American company specializing in medical devices… that had nothing to do with the messaging application.

7. The first tweet from space

It is now common to see astronauts like Frenchman Thomas Pesquet sharing their space journey with their followers. Their pioneer is Mike Massimo, author of the first tweet from space, sent in May 2009. “In orbit: the launch was awesome!! I’m fine, work hard and enjoy the beautiful scenery, the adventure of a lifetime has begun,” the astronaut wrote under the pseudonym @astro_mike.

8. Donald Trump’s last tweet

Twitter ended in January 2021 many messages posted by Donald Trump on his official account. The former US president was “permanently” banned from the podium amid fears of “further inciting violence” after the January 6 attack on the Capitol. His last tweet announced that he will not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration next January 20.

9. The launch of the #MeToo movement

It is a symbol of a large movement encouraging women to denounce the sexual assaults and rapes they suffer. The slogan “Me Too” dates back to the early 2000s, but was picked up and released in 2017 during the revelations about Harvey Weinstein, a film producer since convicted of sexual assault and rape. “Me Too” was born on the Twitter account of American actress Alyssa Milano, who asked female victims of harassment or sexual assault to write “me too” under her tweet.

10. “Four more years” for Obama

On the eve of his re-election as the leader of the United States in 2012, Barack Obama tweeted a picture of his wife and added the phrase “four more years”. The message became the most shared and liked tweet on the social network at the time.

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