By Lipi Mehta:
Millions of Twitter users woke up to the hashtag #LoveTwitter trending at no. 1 today, marking the social networking site’s 10th anniversary. Twitter also put out a video commemorating some of its most memorable moments and thanking its users. Hundreds across the globe were wishing Twitter a happy birthday, citing reasons for why they love the platform and how it has helped in various ways.
From making politicians more accountable to giving everyday heroes a voice; from starting global conversations on critical issues and shutting down patriarchy, homophobia and other social realities we can’t ignore, indeed, Twitter has a unique place in a world where attention spans don’t last more than a few seconds. In recent times, some of the most iconic global campaigns and movements have also started or picked up steam because of Twitter. The platform has consistently created social change and raised a cry for equal rights.
To celebrate Twitter’s 10th birthday, we decided to put together some of the most iconic Twitter moments ever that not many people actually know about. Take a look – we’re sure you’ll be amazed!
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
Just in – Mumbai attacked..hotels like TAJ, Oberoi, firing reported, several blast.AK-47 apparently being used…whats happ in the world !!!
— Anirudh B Balotiaa (@anirudhbb) November 26, 2008
Mumbai terrorists are asking Hotel Reception for room #s of American citizens and holding them hostage on one floor
— dupree (@dupree_) November 26, 2008
Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).
— Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) May 1, 2011
Welcome back Egypt #Jan25
— Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim) February 11, 2011
— Kate Montgomery (@Kate4Love) August 31, 2015
Paris Attacks: Citizens used the hashtag #PorteOuverte or ‘Open Door’ to provide a safe shelter to those on the streets at the time of the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.
My Friends are safe, in a random woman's home. She's making them dinner, & preparing beds. Blessed. #PorteOuverte
— TK Westfield (@TWestfield) November 13, 2015
#ChennaiRains: When the city of Chennai was hit by the worst floods in a 100 years humanity kept the city afloat.
If you know families around Mylapore, Royapettah that need food, let us know. Me, husband and brothers ready to help.
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 2, 2015
my abortion gave me my life back..started my healing from rape. no regrets ,not one.#ShoutYourAbortion
— msmanet (@msmanet) September 21, 2015
Honestly, my abortion at 20 was one of the first responsible, non-self-destructive, grown-ass choices I ever made. #ShoutYourAbortion
— Jessica Blankenship (@blanketboat) September 21, 2015
No traumatic backstory: Didn't want kids. Couldn't afford kids. Contraceptive failure with casual bf. Not one regret. #ShoutYourAbortion
— Original Shapes (@Jomegsallan) September 21, 2015
Here are two iconic examples, in External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
No need for thanks @SabahShawesh. It is our duty towards our country and countrymen. God bless your child – our young citizen.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 6, 2015
See more instances here: 10 Times Sushma Swaraj Used Twitter Like A Boss And Helped Indians From Around The World
— Dipendra Dipzo Khati (@DipendraDipzo) December 22, 2015
See more instances here: 8 Instances That Prove The Incredible Work Done By The Railway Ministry, Via Twitter!