updated 03/21/2014 AT 2:50 PM ET
•originally published 03/21/2014 AT 4:15 PM ET
Before March 2006, there were no limits on what web users could say – but then Twitter was born. On Friday, the social network celebrates eight years of keeping feelings under 140 characters.
Since its creation, Twitter has attracted over 218 million active users who churn out billions of tweets each day. Among these tweetaholics are world leaders, celebrities, astrophysicists – and even inanimate objects – eager to share their thoughts with the world.
Despite all these virtual voices and countless hashtags, select posts still manage to stand apart. Twitter shared some of the most memorable tweets from the past eight years with PEOPLE. How many do you remember? Tell us in the comments below.
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
2. The Retweet Runner-Up
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom
Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
3. The Memorial
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc
Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013
4. The Words of Wisdom
We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us
Drizzy (@Drake) September 18, 2010
5. The Miracle Rescue
http://twitpic.com/135xa - There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.
J nis Kr ms (@jkrums) January 15, 2009
6. The Power of One Direction
Yesss ! I’m 20 ! Wohooo ! No more teens!
Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) September 12, 2013
7. The Million Followers Mark
Victory is ours!!!!!!!!
ashton kutcher (@aplusk) April 17, 2009
8. The Founding Father
just setting up my twttr
Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006