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Happy Birthday Twitter! 10 Things To Know On The Social Media Site's Anniversary

03/21/2016 06:47 EDT | Updated 03/21/2016 06:59 EDT

It began as a chirp 10 years ago or as Twitter's current CEO and founder Jack Dorsey puts it, "a short inconsequential burst of information".

What you're looking at is the world's oldest tweet. Today marks the social media platform's 10-year anniversary and since then, Twitter's surged to 300 million users.

It's changed the way millions of people report and consume the news. It's given celebrities and politicians a whole new platform to reach out to fans.

Revolutions like the #ArabSpring and the #BlackLivesMatter movement wouldn't have been as vocal without the platform. It's also made major revamps to its timeline algorithm to compete with Facebook.

The company's undergone some big changes of its own since 2006, rotating between two of its founders as CEOs, and eventually going public on the stock market in 2013. It's also branched out into the online video with services like Vine and Periscope.

But it's also undergone some growing pains.

As Wired points out, the company's stock has reached an all-time low. The platform's been implicated with misogynistic movements like #Gamergate, and the company's efforts to stay relevant amid a slew of competitors like Instagram and Snapchat haven't been well received.

A lot can happen in a decade, so we spoke with Rory Capern, the Managing Editor of Twitter Canada on what's changed since 2006. Watch the full video above.

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