Twitter today is celebrating its eighth birthday. With 500 million tweets sent per day and 240 million active global users, Twitter is marking the occasion by giving everyone the opportunity to look back at the first tweets for any user with this new tool.
"Eight years later, our users have transformed Twitter into place where you can discover new ideas, make real human connections and express yourself freely," Twitter said in a blog post. "Today we’re taking a look at some choice first Tweets — first Tweets that sparked a conversation, used imagery to tell a story, or revealed unfiltered self expression."
The post highlights the very #FirstTweet sent on Twitter – by Jack Dorsey when Twitter was known as Twttr.
just setting up my twttr— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006
Twitter shares the first tweets from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, actress Cameron Diaz, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, athlete Lindsey Vonn, NBA star Kobe Bryant, media giant Oprah Winfrey, former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton, and many more.
"You can celebrate your #FirstTweet, too," said Twitter. "Using this Tweet tool, you can look back to find your very first Tweet — or for that matter, anyone else’s. Just type in your @username, or that of anyone — your best pal, favorite comedian, a star or a president."
For examples, here's Google's first tweet:
I'm 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010— A Googler (@google) February 26, 2009
And here's the first tweet from Search Engine Watch:
interview with Andrew Goodman previewing SES Toronto '09 http://cli.gs/rL0gP7— Search Engine Watch (@sewatch) April 17, 2009