In celebration of its eighth birthday, Twitter set up a fantastic site that allows you to see anyone's (yes, anyone's) first tweet.
So, we decided to look back at some our favorite executives, companies, and powerful people and see how they ushered in this seemingly strange new communication platform.
We're not going to lie—it's pretty great. (And, yes, a pretty great reminder that nothing you put out there on the interwebz ever goes away.)
Some, like Bill, realized it was a good for promotion right away.
"Hello World." Hard at work on my foundation letter - publishing on 1/25.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) January 19, 2010
Arianna, being Arianna, nailed it from the start. She even used a bitly!
Had dinner with Yale econ prof and fellow Greek John Geanakoplos. He was scathing about our foreclosure plan: http://bit.ly/14I2j— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) March 30, 2009
The Donald used it to tweet about The Donald. Obviously.
Be sure to tune in and watch Donald Trump on Late Night with David Letterman as he presents the Top Ten List tonight!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2009
Steve Case and Martha let the world know they were first-timers.
twitter training— Steve Case (@SteveCase) October 21, 2007
Using Twitter for the first time!— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) February 20, 2009
And Billy C. used it to once again prove he is the coolest person on Earth.
Just spent amazing time with Colbert! Is he sane? He is cool! #cgiu— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 6, 2013
Colbert had the proper mix of charm, humor, and of course, promotion.
Hello Twitter! My, you're looking swell. Did you lose weight since we've been away? Good thing we're back tonight with all-new episodes!— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) July 26, 2010
Step aside, HillDawg has it from here.
Muse co-founder Kathryn probably wants a do-over. (RIP, Pretty Young Professional.)
4,000 unique visitors since launch! Check out www.prettyyoungprofessional.com— Kathryn Minshew (@kmin) November 6, 2010
And Muse co-founder Alex only joined to hawk a delicious ketchup company on the world.
did it for sir kensington.— Alexandra Cavoulacos (@acav) April 8, 2009
A ketchup company that didn't even tweet back at her!
Oh, Manningham.— Sir Kensington's (@sirkensingtons) April 7, 2009
These two powerful women were just excited to be getting on the Twitter bus.
We're excited today to launch @michelleobama as a new way for you to connect with First Lady Michelle Obama and the President's campaign.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 12, 2012
While Sheryl gave her first status update and an open invitation to robbers.
enjoying a house where everyone else is sleeping— Sheryl Sandberg (@sherylsandberg) March 22, 2009
Hey, Facebook, not bad for a first tweet. (Not great, either.)
[Facebook Blog] Make Your Voice Heard: Vote!: Technology is giving more and more people a.. http://tinyurl.com/44fr5z— Facebook (@facebook) September 26, 2008
NPR quickly went to work building out its followers.
While The Muse was just excited to be on Twitter (despite the awkward URL).
We're so excited to be launching soon - sign up at dailymu.se for a sneak peak!— The Muse (@dailymuse) July 18, 2011
Not sure where Richard was, but glad were weren't there.
It’s cold and will only get worse but at the moment it’s bearable. Holly and Sam are coping well as are the rest of the crew.— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) October 22, 2008
Elon used Twitter to set the world straight. The real Elon please stand up.
Please ignore prior tweets, as that was someone pretending to be me :) This is actually me.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 4, 2010
Oh Oprah, that was such an Oprah tweet!
HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY .— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 17, 2009
And our personal favorite: Ellen.
Tis my first twitt-er. Or tweet? Twit? Or tweet? "Twit or tweet everybody." Is this anything?— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 10, 2009
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Scott Dockweiler crafts witty headlines, writes fun articles, and generally lends a hand to the editorial team at The Daily Muse. When he’s not Musing, he’s trying to get his acting career off the ground and racking up Delta Airlines frequent flier miles between NYC and LA. You won’t find him on Twitter—yet.More from this Author