Twitter celebrates 8th birthday with #FirstTweet tool

Twitter is celebrating its eighth birthday today with a #FirstTweet tool that enables users to look up anyone's first tweet.

Mar 21, 2014 04:35:00 PM | Article | Ben Bold

In a blogpost, Lewis Wiltshire, Twitter UK’s director of media partnerships, reflected on the development of the social media site in the eight years since its launch, and linked to a custom timeline giving numerous examples of celebrities' first tweets.

They include the following pearls of wisdom:

Prime minister David Cameron made reference to his 2009 radio gaffe in which he said "too many twits make a twat". He had three years to come up with the following response on 6 October 2012: "I’m starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won't be "too many tweets…".

Piers Morgan tweeted: BREAKING NEWS: I'm now a Twit. Official" on 30 November 2010.

Chancellor George Osborne was in the midst of the 2013 Budget this time last year, but still found time to make his first Twitter outing: "Today I'll present a Budget that tackles the economy's problems head on helping those who want to work hard & get on" he wrote, with an accompanying picture.

On 10 August 2010, Lord Alan Sugar debuted with: "Dipping my toes into Twitter…"; while on 3 December 2007, John Cleese tweeted: "i am still alive".

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey posted on 21 March 2006: "just setting up my twttr", a reference to his own account and the birth of the social media site.

Writing about Twitter's eighth anniversary, Wiltshire said in his blog: "Since 2006, millions of prolific tweeters across the UK and beyond have made Twitter an exciting, fun and powerful place to connect with others.

"More than 500m Tweets are now being sent every day and more than 240m of you are active on Twitter across the globe.

"But everyone has to start somewhere, and today we’re taking a look at some choice first Tweets. It’s a selection of messages that have sparked conversations, told great stories, showed something new, or simply made someone smile."

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