Cast your mind back to 2006 – the year that Daniel Craig made his debut as the first blonde Bond, Coldplay won Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards, Sven-Göran Eriksson’s England team were knocked out of the World Cup quarter-finals, and Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 80th birthday.
It was on this day in 2006 in San Francisco, California, Jack Dorsey (@jack) first tweeted. Twitter now has more than 200 million users worldwide (10 million of them in the UK), and sees 400 million Tweets sent every day.
Individuals and organisations from worlds as diverse as fashion, football, politics and pop music have embraced Twitter over the past seven years and made it their own, 140 characters at a time.
But what about Twitter’s lacklustre social media peers? It’s precursors; like Friends Reunited, Bebo, Faceparty and MySpace – the ones the precocious winged chatterbox pushed out of the limelight? The ones left glassy-eyed and unloved, shuffling aimlessly in the old people’s home of cyberspace? Do they even exist? Well, yes, even though Twitter elbowed them out the way, some of them are still clinging on. Just.