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Twitter celebrates 6th birthday, 140 million users

In March 2006, Jack Dorsey launched Twitter with the tweet “Just setting up my twttr.” Now, six years on, the social network has over 140 million users who tweet over 340 million times per day.

On its blog, Twitter said founder @jack could not have predicted the success of his new communication tool, the idea for which he first sketched onto a pad of paper (pictured).

“Six years may not be very long in human terms, but it’s been quite an enormous span for the thing we know and love as Twitter,” it said.

Six years on from launch, users send over a billion tweets every three days and the social network has changed the way news breaks around the world.

The founders are using the occasion to thank Twitter’s over 140 million active users, saying “without you, of course, there wouldn’t be a Twitter.”

“We mark our sixth birthday with you in mind, and celebrate your myriad ways of engaging, enjoying, and emoting on our platform,”

In September 2011, Twitter revealed it had reached 100 million active users.

According to PCMag, at that time Twitter users included 75 percent of the NBA’s players, 50 percent of the NFL, 82 percent of the U.S. House and 85 percent of the Senate, 87 percent of the Billboard Top 100 Musicians, and 93 percent of the top Food Network chefs.

Can you remember life before Twitter?