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20 Things You Didn't Know About Twitter

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    1. The official name of Twitter's bird is Larry

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    2. Twitter didn't create retweets, replies, hashtags, a mobile app or social ads—it was created by users and developers in its system

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    3. From 2008 to 2010, Twitter had a "guy with a pager" to help keep the site online

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    4. Twitter's Fail Whale—used during periods of Twitter.com downtime in the site's early years—was created by Yiying Lu

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    5. Twitter was almost called Twitch

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    6. When the founding team was building the product, it called it "Jitter" at one point

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    7. Twitter paid a "minuscule" amount for the domain name Twitter.com

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    8. In the beginning, Twitter didn't want to refer to posts on its site as "tweets."

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    9. Ending a tweet with an empty hashtag is called a hangtag, and it's Twitter's version of the mic drop

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    10. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom (@Kevin) hasn't written a tweet since August 2012

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    11. When Twitter began, everyone's first tweet was automated. It published, "Just setting up my twttr"

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    12. The user with the most followers is Katy Perry; the singer has 54 million followers

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    13. Who has tweeted the most? @Yougakduan_00, a girl from Japan, who has posted 36,402,262 tweets before Twitter suspended her account

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    14. The most followed brand is YouTube with 43 million followers

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    15. Three years, two months and one day: The time it took from the first tweet to the billionth tweet

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    16. You can find your first ever tweet at First-Tweets.com

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    17. Twitter sees more than 500 million tweets a day now

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    18. Twitter's 255 million monthly active users is less than one-fifth of what Facebook has at 1.28 billion

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    19. The "unfollow" button was almost called "leave."

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    20. It took almost eight years for @Facebook to favorite its first tweet

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