Twitter celebrates seventh birthday with greatest hits video

Twitter is celebrating its seventh birthday today, but the social media giant is eschewing the traditional cake and ice cream routine in favour of a greatest hits video (see above) recapping some of its most impressive achievements.

One of the more recent milestones achieved by Twitter was clearing the 200 million active monthly user mark, which the popular microblogging platform ticked off in December 2012.

The back-patting video also highlights that Twitter's global user base fires out some 400 million tweets every day.

In addition to revelling in its coming of age, the social network will also no doubt be celebrating securing protected status for its platform: the USPTO granted Twitter a patent on, well, Twitter on 20 March.

And, if the text-based messaging service was at a real loss for worthy things to toast today, it could raise a glass to the rash of high-profile figures flocking to the network: Britain's embattled chancellor, George Osborne, joined Twitter to "celebrate" delivering the UK's 2013 Budget only yesterday.

Twitter was established in 2006 and was originally dubbed Twttr. The first ever tweet was sent out by co-founder Jack Dorsey. He was, unsurprisingly, "just setting up" his Twitter account at the time.

So, happy birthday, Twitter – for what it's worth, we think you're alright.