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The Biggest Milestones From 10 Years Of Twitter, According To Twitter

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 21/03/2016 Damon Beres
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Twitter's changed a lot in its 10 years on the planet. The social network's home page has evolved from a bubble-filled mess to something a bit sleeker. It introduced the micro-video service Vine. The traditional "Favorite" button was replaced by a fuzzier, heart-shaped "Like." Co-founder Jack Dorsey left and returned as CEO. And its bird logo has certainly grown up:

But one thing has remained consistent: Twitter makes and breaks news. The company published a timeline Sunday showing some of the biggest events involving the social network since it launched in 2006, including the first photograph of the "Miracle on the Hudson," the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and the record-setting introduction of Caitlyn Jenner. It's essentially a collection of moments illustrating how the microblogging site has helped tell notable news stories over the years.

It's not a full picture, though. 

Missing altogether is the rise of Black Twitter, a social media force that helped coin the term "Black Lives Matter." Without Black Twitter and its galvanizing #TakeItDown hashtag, there would have been less pressure to remove the Confederate flag from the state grounds in South Carolina last year.

Twitter has also been used as a platform for feminists to rally around messages of gender equality. Perhaps just as often, those feminists are harassed via the social network, but that's helped spur a conversation about how abuse is moderated online.

There's also no mention, of course, of "Weird Twitter," a unique form of online comedy.

(If you don't get it, it probably isn't for you.)

Twitter's great because of these diverse communities and bizarre outgrowths, not in spite of them. A collection of milestone moments isn't complete without them.

You can see what made Twitter's 10-year timeline below.

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