On its 7th birthday, a brief history of Twitter -- and us

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On its 7th birthday, a brief history of Twitter -- and us

I only have 140 characters, so here it is: Twitter turns 7 today. And its biggest moments now sync with ours. Looking back at some of the most significant, beginning at the beginning.
 

March 21, 2006 - First tweet


August 23, 2007 - The first hashtag


November 5, 2008 - Obama elected


January 15, 2009 - Sully lands on the Hudson


January 27, 2010 - iPad unveiled


November 16, 2010 - Royal engagement


December 18, 2010 - "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repealed


January 8, 2011 - Rep. Gabby Giffords shot


February 11, 2011 - Egyptian Revolution


May 1, 2011 - Bin Laden killed


July 5, 2011 - Casey Anthony verdict


July 31, 2012 - Michael Phelps' record haul


August 6, 2012 - Mars Rover lands


October 30, 2012 - Superstorm Sandy


November 7, 2012 - Obama wins re-election (most retweeted ever)


Last week - Pope Francis I

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