Twitter, a popular social media service, was allowed back in Turkey on April 3. A tweet that was posted from a Turkish citizen said, “Welcome back to Twitter, Turkey.” The service was banned for about two weeks by the country’s government. The head of Turkey’s government, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was upset with Twitter because tweets had been posted about dishonest behavior by members of his government. However, Turkey’s court decided that the ban took away from Turkish citizens’ freedom of speech, and lifted the ban. Another popular site, YouTube (which is owned by Google), is still banned in Turkey. It has been blocked for about a week now. Turkey is not the first country to block Twitter or YouTube. These sites have been blocked and unblocked by a few countries over the years.
Twitter is a social media site with its headquarters in San Francisco, USA. Twitter allows people to send short messages of 140 characters or less called “tweets”. You can send tweets in over 35 languages. About 500 million tweets are sent per day. According to Twitter’s website, the folks working at Twitter’s headquarters eat 1,440 hard boiled eggs and drink 585 gallons of coffee per week.
According to Alexa, a company that provides web traffic data, twitter.com is among the top 10 websites currently visited by humans on Earth. The number one spot is held by google.com followed by facebook.com and youtube.com. You can see the list here.
Turkey is part of two continents, Asia & Europe. Ankara is its capital city and Istanbul is its largest city. Erdogan has been the prime minister of Turkey since 2003. The modern country of Turkey was founded in 1923. Before 1923, Turkey was part of the Ottoman Empire, which was one of the largest empires in the world. It lasted for over 600 years, and fell at the end of World War I.
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The tallest man in the world is a 31-year old from Turkey. Sultan Kosen is 8ft 3in (2.5 m) tall.
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Here is a tweet that became famous. It was sent by James Cameron, the director of the movies Avatar and Titanic, in 2012. He had made a trip to the deepest point on Earth called the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean.
Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you @DeepChallenge
2:59 PM – 25 Mar 2012
Image Credits: Twitter and YouTube for their logos
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