It’s a little over 5 years since Twitter first opened its doors to an unsuspecting world – July 2006, to be precise – but in this relatively short time the platform has quickly grown to become a force in the way that we share and digest news and information.

Twitter’s 250+ million users includes a plethora of leading figures in the celebrity and political world, many of whom have millions and millions of followers. Together, they have made Twitter the planet’s leading real-time information network, and Twitter has now established itself as the go-to place for breaking stories and events.

This infographic looks at the visual history of Twitter.

(Source: Mashable.)