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Happy Birthday

Are you a fail whale? Take our Twitter quiz

The service celebrates its tenth birthday today.

IT’S BEEN TEN years since Twitter first arrived online and today, the service now sees more than 500 million tweets sent per day and has 320 million users.

But how much do you know about the service itself? Why not find out.

What did the first tweet, by founder Jack Dorsey, say?*
AP Photo
"dropping my first tweet"
"just setting up my twttr"

"tweet tweet"
"Ok we are in the car"
Which event helped popularise Twitter in 2007?
Tim Ireland/PA
SXSW (South by Southwest)
Mobile World Congress (MWC)

Web Summit
Consumer Electronic Show (CES)
How many followers does the most popular Irish account @NiallOfficial (Niall Horan of One Direction fame) have?
Niall Carson/PA Wire
22.9 million
23.5 million

24.7 million
25.6 million
But who is the most followed person on Twitter (with 84 million followers)?
Rich Fury/Invision/AP
Katy Perry
AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer
Kayne West

Jordan Strauss/AP
Justin Bieber
Matt Sayles/AP
Taylor Swift
True or false: one of the definitions of the word twitter is "to talk lightly and rapidly, especially of trivial matters".
Shutterstock/ Masson
When Germany faced Argentina in the 2014 World Cup Final, roughly how many tweets were sent per minute?
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

The current CEO Jack Dorsey is now running Twitter alongside his other company. What is it called?
AP Photo/Richard Drew

Which astronaut sent the first tweet from space?
Chris Hadfield
T.J. Creamer

Reid Wiseman
Scott Kelly
True or false: The 140 character limit was made because the makers wanted full tweets to be viewed on SMS which had 160 characters.
Ian Nicholson/PA Archive
For a while, Twitter used to see the 'Fail Whale' anytime an outage happened, but when was it removed?

Answer all the questions to see your result!
You scored out of !
Fail Whale
Maybe you'll do better next time.
Share your result:
You scored out of !
The original Twitter bird
Not too fancy, not too shabby. Just like your performance here.
Share your result:
You scored out of !
Modern Twitter bird
You practically breezed through those questions, didn't you!
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*Yes, all those answers are real tweets.

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