10 Top Entertainment Moments in Twitter History

In honor of Twitter's ninth birthday, The Hollywood Reporter looks back at the top celebrity-driven moments in the history of the social network.

In the nine years since Twitter was founded, the social networking platform has become a go-to place for breaking news, political protests and conversations about must-see TV. 

The San Francisco-based company has become especially popular with celebrities, athletes and other public figures over the years because of its ability to cut through all the middlemen and allow for direction connections with fans. 

In honor of Twitter's ninth birthday, The Hollywood Reporter looks back at some of the top entertainment moments throughout its history. 

March 21, 2006 
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, now the CEO of mobile payments company Square, sends the first tweet. At the time, then-named Twttr was a side project for the team behind podcasting startup Odeo. 

March 12, 2007
Twitter takes flight at the annul South By Southwest tech, film and music confab in Austin, Texas. According to an early Twitter story on Gawker, the app broke 60,000 Tweets per day during the opening weekend at SXSW that year. 

August 23, 2007
Early user Chris Messina suggests that the hash, or number symbol be used for groups of people at the same event. With that, the hashtag was born. 

April 16, 2009
After a much-publicized race with CNN, Ashton Kutcher becomes the first to 1 million Twitter followers. He goes on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Twitter co-founder and then-CEO Evan Williams and Winfrey sends her first tweet live on air.


June 11, 2009
Twitter introduces verified accounts, that little blue check mark next to the names of certain public figures. Kutcher and Winfrey are some of the first to be verified. 

June 26, 2009
Twitter crashes upon news of Michael Jackson's death. According to a news report from the BBC that day, there were more than 100,000 tweets per hour about the singer that afternoon.

August 28, 2011
Beyonce breaks a Twitter record when she announces that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first child on the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet. She later confirms the news on stage during the show, prompting MTV to tweet the news. The news generates 8,868 tweets per second, a record for a single event at that time. 

October 2, 2011
Louis Tomlinson's tweet to fellow One Direction bandmate Harry Styles shows the social media power of 1D. The tweet eventually becomes the second most shared tweet in the social media website's history. 

February 1, 2014
Katy Perry becomes the most-followed person on Twitter, surpassing reigning Twitter top dog Justin Bieber. 

March 2, 2014
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres snaps a celeb-packed selfie and the photo crashes Twitter on its way to becoming the most-shared tweet in history, surpassing Obama's 2012 Tweet.