Infographic: What the World Would Be Like Without Twitter

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Hard to believe, but Twitter came into being on July 15, 2006 -- less than five years ago. Over that short period of time, we've been using the short-form social network to share updates about our lives, the news we find most compelling and much more. What would the world be like without Twitter? Different, undoubtedly.

It was through Twitter that many of us learned that Osama Bin Laden had been killed on Sunday. It was through Twitter that we shared our excitement -- or lack thereof -- about the royal wedding. And it was through Twitter that Dan Sinker deftly satirized Rahm Emanuel and his campaign for the mayorship of Chicago. This humorous infographic from HubSpot imagines ten ways in which our lives would be different without Twitter.

Infographics are always a bit of a hodgepodge of statistics culled from a variety of sources. Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:

  • Instead of holding a #winning record on Twitter, Charlie Sheen's only claim to fame would be making the list of "celebrities gone off the deep end."
  • It's less likely more than 300,000 people will know how "slizzard" you got last night.
  • We'd all have one less excuse for not being more productive at work.
  • We'd miss out on all the shenanigans caused by the Bronx Zoo's cobra while it went missing.

Check out more Infographics on the Technology Channel.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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