Your chance to win an iPad mini as EDP24 Twitter account reaches 20k followers

PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:13 14 November 2013

Ben Adams of BB Adams with the Ipad on offer to one of the EDP's twitter followers. Pictured with Editor Nigel Pickover, left and Business Editor Shaun Lowthorpe. Photo: Steve Adams

Ben Adams of BB Adams with the Ipad on offer to one of the EDP's twitter followers. Pictured with Editor Nigel Pickover, left and Business Editor Shaun Lowthorpe. Photo: Steve Adams

It’s often the first place to find up-to-the-minute breaking news where you live - and now the EDP24 twitter account is celebrating the milestone of reaching 20,000 followers.

History of twitter

Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams on the 21st March 2006 where it was continuously improved until the full version was available to the public a couple of months later in July.

The origins of Twitter lay in a daylong brainstorming session with programmers who worked with the podcasting company Odeo. Dorsey soon introduced an idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.

Twitter then spun off into its own company in 2007 with the tipping point of Twitters popularity following a couple of months after during the south by southwest festivals occurred. During the events twitters usage increased from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000.

The social networking name was inspired by Flickr a photo sharing service, the dictionary definition of twitter is ‘a short burst of inconsequential information’. Jack Dorsey has always believed that ‘this is a perfect name because that’s exactly what it was’.

In September, Twitter announced plans to join the stock market, quietly filing for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission, before announcing the move - of course - on Twitter. Though this comes as a shock to most when the social networking site Facebook went public in 2012 but hasn’t taken Wall Street by storm.

And to celebrate the landmark we have teamed up with electrical trader BB Adams to give away an iPad mini to one lucky reader.

All you need to do is follow @EDP24 & tweet using the hashtag #EDP20k anytime within the next seven days for your chance to win.

Katie Spooner, social media manager at the EDP, said “We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone on Twitter. Social media represents a real opportunity for the EDP. It is a fantastic way of reaching and engaging with local communities.

“This is especially true in a culture where news is consumed 24/7 and in multiple locations. By using social media, we are able to make content available to readers as and when they need it. We look forward to the next 20,000 followers.”

The competition closes at 12 noon on November 20 and normal terms an conditions apply, which can be viewed here.

To find out more about BB Adams log on to


340 million Tweets are sent each day.

Twitter has more than 200 million active users.

On average 5,700 Tweets are send per second.

10 Tweets per second mention Starbucks.

The USA is the biggest Twitter country leading with 57% and the UK following second with it accounting for 8%.

There are more women on Twitter making up 53% of the twitter population, with men only making up 47%.

Based on a sample of 20 million Tweets, Tuesday is the most popular day to tweet with Sunday being the least.

The three most common keywords used in people’s profiles are; student, love and music.

Katy Perry is the most followed person on Twitter with a staggering 47,195,334 followers. Justin Bieber being second with 46,945,098 followers and Lady Gaga in third place with 40,527,285 followers.

Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have more Twitter followers than the entire population of Germany, Turkey, Canada and Egypt.

The most retweeted Tweet is by Barack Obama following his victory in the 2012 presidential election with 800,000 retweets.

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter sent the first tweet saying ‘just setting up my Twttr’. (Originally the name of the social networking site was Twttr.)

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