Five Tweets That Rocked The World
[ReviewAZON name=”Twitter For Dummies” id=”3″ display=”inlinepost” asin=”0470768797″ trackingid=”mywebsource1-20″ country=”us” width=”200px” float=”left” imagetop=”10px”]The world of Twitter has become an integral part of our lives. Never before have ordinary citizens had the opportunity to report on worldwide news items as they are happening. A person armed with a smart phone now has the ability to cram 140 characters into a breaking story that thousands – if not millions – of people will read. For the most part, these tweets are pretty mundane, but every once in awhile an important one comes across the internet that makes people stop and look. Twitter has only been around since March of 2006, but its impact has been phenomenal. Here are five tweets that have made a difference in the past five years.
On January 22, 2010, astronaut Timothy Creamer (@Astro_TJ) made the first live tweet from space aboard the International Space Station. He was able to do this with new software supplied by NASA to allow astronauts to connect with loved ones and followers through the internet. His tweet read:
Twitter was once called “Twttr”. Back on March 21, 2006, a man by the name of Jack Dorsey (@Jack Dorsey) – after spending eight days of programming with his team of computer whizzes – sent the first non-automated tweet. It read simply, “inviting coworkers”. Today, Twitter has over 400 people working for the company and more than 140 million tweets are sent each day!
Back in late May, 2011, Representative Anthony Weiner (@RepWeiner) was caught up in a sex scandal after tweeting his clothed genitals to a 21-year old Washington state woman. At first, he denied doing this, but soon pressure forced him to tell the truth. The scandal, dubbed Weinergate, involved Weiner stating that his Twitter account had been hacked, then later admitting that he had several tweeting relationships online. Amidst the scandal, Weiner resigned his office of U.S. Representative. Sorry, no pictures on this one…
On May 1, 2011, Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual), an IT consultant was vacationing in Northern Pakistan, when he inadvertently tweeted about helicopters in the city of Abbottabad on their way to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. The terrorist leader had been hiding out in the city for quite some time, but Athar had no clue what was going on. He even tweeted a couple of more times about using a giant flyswatter to get rid of the helicopters because they were interrupting his sleep!
Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk), the star of That 70’s Show and Two and a Half Men, stuck his foot in his mouth when he commented on the Penn State sex scandal involving Joe Paterno. Kutcher is a pioneer on Twitter by becoming the first person to have one million followers. Up until November 10th, 2011 he was responsible for tweeting on his own and not using a PR service to connect with his fans like many celebrities. The fans didn’t take his tweet too kindly and there was a lot of backlash from his quick response. After this fiasco, though, he has announced that he will be getting a person to regulate what goes out from him.