The Illustrated History of Twitter

Take 140 characters, put them in a blender and mix for eight years. What do you get? About $31 billion.

That’s the secret recipe behind Twitter, the social networking powerhouse celebrating a birthday today. Whether you’re an addict, a casual tweeter or still a skeptic, Twitter has grown into a necessity in the world of breaking news and culture.

To follow the social network’s path over the last eight years, watch our animated whiteboard video. You might remember your first tweet — but can you recall the first tweet sent from space? Or the name of Twitter’s blue bird mascot? Find out above.

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