From the Lake District to the Palace, ten years of amazing stories on Twitter

Monday, 21 March 2016

Twitter is a platform where some wonderful stories have unfolded over the last ten years. We wanted to highlight just a few that have made an impact in the UK as we mark our tenth birthday.

We hope the range of stories collected here points to the different ways that Twitter connects people to the world around them. Whether it is breaking news, campaigns for social change, books, the land, or the food we eat, it is all happening on Twitter.

Herdy Shepherd

James Rebanks (@herdyshepherd1) joined Twitter a little over four years ago and began sharing his story. A sheep farmer from England’s beautiful and rugged Lake District, he has brought people closer to his passion for his animals, the land and the food we eat. From a few hundred followers, @herdyshepherd1 journey has taken him to more than 70,000 followers and a best selling book.

The birth of Prince George

The birth of a royal baby has always been a big occasion. Traditionally there has been a way that the world found out about a new arrival. In 2013 with the approaching birth of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child that all changed. The royal couple turned to Twitter to make the announcement and shared updates and pictures with the world as we met Prince George for the first time.

JK Rowling visits Orkney Library

Orkney Library (@OrkneyLibrary) has always been an entertaining account to follow on Twitter. It won plaudits for its use of humour, found a new way to connect with its local audience, and attracted a following from around the globe. Earlier this month, it had a very special visitor as it struck up a Twitter conversation with Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike author JK Rowling (@jk_rowling). Her surprise visit to the island helped bring the library to an even wider audience and remind people of the importance of their local library.

The Vauxhall Helicopter crash

In January 2013 a helicopter tragically crashed in London’s Vauxhall. The story broke first on Twitter with eyewitness reports and dramatic pictures. As the story developed, and emergency services arrived on scene, they shared updates on Twitter in real time. Later that same day, images that were first shared on Twitter, appeared on newspaper front pages.