Just like your first step and first word, chances are you can't remember your very first tweet. But Twitter would like to refresh your memory.
In honor of Twitter's eight-year anniversary, they've launched a tool to let you see your debut tweet. Click here to see your first tweet. If you're not already logged into Twitter, enter your Twitter handle. You can also look up all your friends/parents/coworkers' first tweets -- it's all public.
When I read my first tweet, I laughed out loud. Here it is in all its (embarrassing) glory:
Thinks twitter is really pointless, and is waiting for someone to convince her otherwise.— Diana Urban (@DianaUrban) April 25, 2008
Remember when Facebook used to have you write your statuses in the third person? Apparently I thought that applied to Twitter, too. And look how skeptical I was!
I've certainly been convinced otherwise. If it weren't for Twitter, I never would have been recruited for HubSpot, I wouldn't have found my literary agent, I wouldn't have bonded with fellow marketers or authors, and on and on.
And that made me wonder ... were major influencers just as skeptical as me? Even the ones who amassed thousands or millions of followers over the years?
Turns out, many of them were. And I think this proves that we should keep an open mind when it comes to new and emerging social networks. Here were some of my favorites:
Katy Perry - Musician - 51 Million Followers
Just got into Berlin... feeling better thank you, have my vicks inhaler by my bedside... and P.S. I TWITTTTER! GAH. Such a follower!— Katy Perry (@katyperry) February 21, 2009
For a "follower," she sure has quite a following -- Katy Perry currently holds the record for most Twitter followers.
Ellen DeGeneres - Comedian - 28 Million Followers
Tis my first twitt-er. Or tweet? Twit? Or tweet? "Twit or tweet everybody." Is this anything?— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 10, 2009
Yep, it's a thing.
Tyra Banks - Model - 11.2 Million Followers
been sitting here for 30 minutes trying to figure out a clever first tweet. still thinking...— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) July 17, 2009
I guess she got tired of trying.
Tom Hanks - Actor - 8.03 Million Followers
Testing... testing... Is this thing on??— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) January 11, 2010
Yep, it's on.
Piers Morgan - News Anchor - 4.01 Million Followers
BREAKING NEWS: I'm now a Twit. Official.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 30, 2010
Well, he now has 4.01 Twits following him, so Twitter's worked out for him.
Tiger Woods - Athlete - 3.82 Million Followers
Welcome to my new Twitter page at: www.twitter.com/TigerWoods— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 26, 2009
He just didn't get it.
Anna Kendrick - Actress - 2.2 Million Followers
I'll be honest, just created this to say that any other "twitter-ers" aren't me. Flattering... just not me.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 25, 2009
Proving doppelgangers wrong is often a big motivator for celebrities to join Twitter.
John Green - Best-Selling Author - 2.17 Million Followers
Fine, then. I'll twitter.— John Green (@realjohngreen) December 11, 2008
Twitter helped John Green amass a huge following and make the best-seller list.
Stan Lee - Writer/Producer - 1.15 Million Followers
I just signed on to Twitter today. Don't want it or need it, but don't wanna be out of the action!— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) August 13, 2009
Sometimes, the fear of being left out is a powerful motivator.
Laura Fitton - HubSpotter & Author of Twitter for Dummies - 133K Followers
wondering if twitter is worth it...— Laura Fitton (@Pistachio) April 5, 2007
But look what she went on to write!
Brandon McCarthy - Baseball Player - 124K Followers
I'm going to bed now. That seems like an appropriate start for me here. Mundane and uninteresting.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) February 28, 2011
Yep, there are still plenty of mundane tweets on Twitter.
What skeptical first tweets have you come across? Was your own first tweet anti-Twitter? Share your first tweets in the comments below!
Originally published Mar 21, 2014 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017