The social network Twitter celebrated its 10th anniversary this week. On March 21, 2006, co-founder Jack Dorsey posted the first tweet, still available: “Creating my twitter account. "

"Created in 2006 by young entrepreneurs from San Francisco, Twitter (or Twttr) was initially a project developed in parallel with Odeo, a company that wanted to revolutionize the audio podcast."

Source: The world

“10 years ago, a funny sparrow was born, with its tweets in 140 characters. Over time, he has developed his niche ... politicians, journalists, public relations, stars, and other influencers have adopted him. The catch is, Twitter never really got off the ground with Mr. and Mrs. Everybody. "

Source: Radio-Canada

The following activities will allow you to discover the history of this social network as well as the most significant tweets.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Discover key facts about Twitter;
- Identify outstanding messages made by various personalities;
- Compare Twitter with another social media of your choice;
- Think about the future of Twitter.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: The history of Twitter

First, ask students if they have a Twitter account. Do they regularly consult this social network? What are they doing on Twitter? What do they know about the origin of this medium?

Tell students that Twitter turned 10 on March 21.
Since 2006, what have been the changes and highlights of this social network according to them? To find out, as a whole class, position each element on the timeline:

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Check out this item to correct the pattern and learn more about the history of Twitter.

ACTIVITY 2: Significant tweets

Before starting the activity, ask students if they can name some very active people on Twitter.

Next, invite students to retrace significant moments on Twitter.
To do this, present the following image to students and ask them to search the web to identify the subject or context of the post posted on Twitter.

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1) Debate on tuition fees in Quebec
2) Re-election of the American president
3) First papal tweet
4) The Oscars selfie
5) Edward Snowen signs up on Twitter and speaks freely about computer security and government Internet surveillance
6) the newly separated couple begins to chat on social media

ACTIVITY 3: Social media comparison

Invite students to compare Twitter with a social media of their choice (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc.).

They will have to find various information on the web and then present it using a comparative diagram.

Here are some examples of data that could be presented:

- Number of members
- Share price
- Turnover
- Number of publication each day
- Type of income
- Etc.

For further

As a whole class, check out thenext article and discuss the future of Twitter.

What are the threats to the social network?

Will Twitter still be present in 10 years?

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Wikipedia article