TIME must have had a lot of fun putting this together.
Maybe you don’t think Twitter matters at all. Maybe you think I’ve been wasting my time posting those 10,000 Tweets. Well, you’re wrong.
But don’t listen to me. Just peruse this collection of moments — with separate lists of #Fails, #Feuds, #Scoops, #Stunts, #Backtracks, #Rants, #Raves, #LOLz, #Debuts and #GameChangers — when Twitter really did matter.
Yeah, a lot of those are just fun, but many are serious. No one can doubt any more the power of Twitter as a medium that means business.
You can’t deny the power when…
- The most powerful press lord on the planet turns to Twitter to fix a problem created by one of his newspapers.
- A man who literally has a billion real, live, analog human followers suddenly gains greater ability to speak simply and plainly to the whole planet — a power none of his predecessors had over the past 2,000 years.
- A suburbanite in Pakistan starts wondering what all the racket is out there in the middle of the night, and it turns out he’s live-Tweeting the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
- The world gets its first pictures of the Boston Marathon bombing.
- Facebook bigwig Mark Zuckerberg gives in to the inevitable, and uses Twitter.
- The president of a country (Ecuador) uses the short form to announce a national state of emergency.
- One titan of the information revolution eulogizes another, briefly and simply.
- Twitter becomes a key weapon in a successful revolution.
Yeah, it’s a little less earth-shaking when a Hollywood star finds a fresh way to make a public fool of himself. Yeah, Alec Baldwin, I’m talking about you.
But there’s no question that Twitter matters now. And you don’t even need 140 characters to say that, to mean it — or too prove it.