Twitter’s fifth birthday is still one week away, but site creator Jack Dorsey has started telling the story of the site in the most fitting way possible:

The name Twitter came from @Noah Glass & the Oxford English: “a short inconsequential burst of information, chirps from birds.” #twttrless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPadJack Dorsey

Twitter has changed the world. Shall we count the ways? Since March 21, 2006, the site has grown from 8 to 400 employees. Twitter logs an average of 460,000 new accounts per day, and users tweet at a rate of 456 tweets per second.

So, here’s to you, Twitter, by far the most verbose 5-year-old we know. In the days leading up to March 21, keep track of the conversation by using #twittr.