Gotta Watch: Why we're Tweeting 5 years later...
Onlookers take photos during the revolution in Egypt.
March 21st, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Why we're Tweeting 5 years later...

Today marks the five-year anniversary of Twitter. Despite all the skeptics who said the concept was just a fad, it looks like Tweeting is here to stay. Here are some of our favorite videos highlighting how communication through 140 characters or less has changed our world.

The Twitter revolution – Twitter's impact as a tool for political and social change was profound during the uprising in Egypt. And the United States was paying close attention. CNN's Jill Dougherty looks at the impact of social media on U.S. foreign policy and how the White House is trying to fight what it calls "internet repression."

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'Tiger blood' and Twitter – Whether you like it or not, celebrities are also harnessing the power of Twitter and if anyone knows the power of Twitter, it's Charlie Sheen. He set the Guinness World Record for gaining the most Twitter followers in a single day. A million followers? That's so early March. He's now surpassed 3 million.

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Tweeting for charity – While celebrities are pumping up their fame with the social media tool, many other outlets are using it for charitable reasons. Our Fredricka Whitfield reports on a grassroots organization called Beremedy that is using Twitter as a tool to help those in need. The concept is simple. They Tweet a need. If you can help, you Tweet back.

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You can read more on the five-year anniversary of Twitter here.

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  1. banasy

    It means I have nothing to say about twitter, I don't know anyone who tweets. Pretty pointless for me to say I got nothing, but...I got nothing.

    March 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar r


    March 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patty

    GUESS WHAT!!!!U R All Stupid!!!

    March 23, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar r

    Patty I'm sure you don't mean that sweetie. You just had a bad hair day. Now step away from the keyboad.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar r

    Good girl. Proud of you.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Good morning, Cesar r.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. GdfGh

    I love how ignorant people are with technology. Twitter is just a private chat room. That ability has been around since the 90s. These capabilities have been around since early Internet. Why are people so flipping stupid and not realize it's NOT NEW!!!!! MORONS!

    March 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HMhmoud

    I had always thought twitter is plain stupid until it has become my source of news during the revolution in Egypt. After the climax in Egypt has passed, I use it to follow news on many of the major world events. True, there are some fake or false news. But some of the tweeps are trusted and their first hand account is "news".
    Ppl talking about their toilet experience are not followed by anyone but the plain idiots.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    everytime my Egyption climax passes I also like to follow news tweeps...but then again I am an extraordinary idiot, you know...none of the water closet cronicles followed by the plain type!

    April 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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