Until now, you could only go back to your first-ever tweet by browsing through your archives. You couldn't even look at other people's first tweets. But now you can, thanks to a new feature Twitter has unveiled called First Tweet.
— Twitter (@twitter) March 20, 2014
With it, you can plug in any username and relive that account's initial, heady (and probably embarrassing) moments. Here, for instance, is Twitter's own first tweet.
working on iphones via 'hahlo' and 'pocket tweets' - fun! — Twitter (@twitter) July 11, 2007
And Barack Obama's:
Thinking we're only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
Hang on. Take a look at those timestamps. Twitter's first tweet was on July 11, 2007. But Obama's was months earlier — in April. While Twitter's co-founders were active users as early as 2006, Obama seemed very keen to get an early start himself. Here are a few other notable figures' baby steps.
I'm 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010 — A Googler (@google) February 26, 2009
[Facebook Blog] Make Your Voice Heard: Vote!: Technology is giving more and more people a.. http://tinyurl.com/44fr5z — Facebook (@facebook) September 26, 2008
I'm going home to Half Moon Bay.
Hey World, It's B! I'm so excited to invite you to my new http://t.co/fZxlrtAh - we've been working hard, and it's finally ready for you XO
Check out my single "ONE TIME" on my myspace and spread the word for me. Thanks www.myspace.com/justinbieber — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 12, 2009
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
We are #Anonymous, We are legion, We never forgive, We never forget, Expect us.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) April 9, 2011
The Washington Post's first tweet, though, is kind of creepy:
Hello Twitterati, The Washington Post is listening.
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 18, 2008