27 Made Up Things You Don't Know About Twitter on Its 10-Year Anniversary

Welcome to 27 Made Up Things You Didn’t Know About Me, a feature where celebrities (and social media brands) reveal spicy and fun facts that you didn’t know about them!


This column was written by Bobby Finger and Madeleine Davies. It is entirely made up, but also probably 100% true.

  1. The Twitter logo was originally a screaming goat!
  2. Creepy fact! We conceptualized Twitter while camping in the same cabin that once housed the Unabomber.
  3. We got the idea after we all got food poisoning and had to take turns barfing a little at a time into the same bucket.
  4. Jack Dorsey originally wanted there to be a 69-character limit, but was told that wouldn’t be enough.
  5. He then suggested 420, but was told that was too many. So we settled on 140.
  6. “Just setting up my twittr” was actually the site’s second tweet. The first—now deleted—was, “sup y’all this is dumb.”
  7. The first celebrity to join Twitter was Ricky Gervais. He tweeted “no fatties” and we now have it spraypainted on the wall at Twitter HQ!
  8. Twitter HQ is a very unpleasant place.
  9. If we were the titular Sophie in Sophie’s Choice and we had to choose between our most followed Twitter users Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, we’d probably just let the fates decide.
  10. Be straight with us—Patton Oswalt is kind of annoying, right?
  11. Working at Twitter is most exciting during the election.
  12. Because we end each day of the election cycle playing Russian roulette. Everyone hopes to lose!
  13. People think we compete with Facebook and Instagram, but we’re actually all friends!
  14. “Sliding into my DMs” originally referred to “sliding into my David Matthews,” but we decided that didn’t make much sense.
  15. Still sounds equally gross, though!
  16. The first television show ever “livetweeted” was a rerun of the M.A.S.H. series finale.
  17. The chicken was actually a baby.
  18. When it comes to online abuse, our policy at Twitter is
  19. Retweets were originally called “click hugs.”
  20. Before settling on # as a way for our users to categorize tweets, we toyed with using ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
  21. We also toyed with the idea of adapting the story of our founding for the silver screen, a la The Social Network, but no studio was interested in releasing an NC-17 film.
  22. All Twitter employees are contractually obligated to say the word “trending” at least seven times a day. If they don’t, watch out!
  23. No one who works here can remember the last time we watched a movie that wasn’t a part of the Saw franchise.
  24. Our office was rated the most fun place to work in hell Silicon Valley.
  25. We got the idea for the blue check mark after one of our founders—we’ll call him Zack Horsey—went to a very exclusive sex club inside the monkey house at the Oakland Zoo. The only other guests were the founders of Snapchat and EVERYONE got verified.
  26. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)TrueStory
  27. Like, not to overstate things, but please help us?

Image via Getty.


Snake Person

I thought they decided against 69 characters because they were too worried about pooping.